School Records Shatter on First Day at Pinehurst
Updated: Monday 10/12/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary women's golf team put together several stunning scores Monday at the Pinehurst Challenge, shattering four school records en route to an eighth-place standing in the clubhouse.  The Tribe shot 291-292==583 (+7) on the day, good for eighth in the field of 19 teams, while East Carolina leads the way at 570 (-6).  Individually, there are co-leaders, including Louise Olsson of College of Charleston at 136 (-8).

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The other co-leader is none other than W&M's own Alessandra Liu (Cynwyd, Pa.), who turned in one of the most impressive rounds of the NCAA season so far.  After a respectable 71 (-1) in the morning, she tore through the course with two eagles and three more birdies to finish the evening round at 65 (-7), tied for the third-best round in the country so far this season and the lowest score in the 19-year tournament history.  It was also the best round in school history by three strokes, breaking the mark set by sophomore Katie Edelblut (New Hope, Pa.) just this morning.

Edelblut's morning 68 (-4) was one stroke better than anyone had ever shot before for the Tribe, and her first career round under-par.  She followed that up immediately with another, shooting 71 (-1) to finish the day tied for fifth place overall at 139 (-5).  That's the second-best score ever for W&M, trailing only Liu's 136 (-8) from today as well.

Also for the Tribe, junior Mia Zanghetti (Jacksonville, Fla.) is tied for 49th overall at 149 (+5), shooting a 72 (E) in the morning and coming back with a 77 in the afternoon round.  Competing as an individual, freshman Elizabeth Choi (Syosset, N.Y.) is tied for 89th at 158 (+14), improving two strokes between rounds, and is one stroke ahead of senior Tina Chang (Mineola, N.Y.), tied for 92nd after her 80-79 day.  Freshman Riley Corona (Cave Creek, Ariz.) rounded out the line-up in a tie for 100th, also improving a stroke over lunch to finish the day at 163 (+19).

The team's first-round of 291 (+3) was the second-best round in school history, and the Tribe's second round of 292 (+4) is the third-lowest score ever.  Taken together, W&M's 36-hole total of 583 (+7) is the best two-round score ever, 14 strokes better than the previous record set at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in the fall of 2010.  Tribe players had a total of five rounds of par or better on Monday, more than all but three other seasons in school history.  For the season so far, W&M has a program-record 14 rounds of par or better, and Liu alone has nine rounds at or under-par, matching the previous best team season ever (last year).

The Pinehurst Challenge finishes on Tuesday, with one round beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Pinehurst Challenge - 54 Holes
Pinehurst No. 1 - Par 72, 5949 Yards

Team Standings
1. East Carolina 570 (-6)
2. Iowa 573 (-3)
T3. Chattanooga 575 (-1)
T3. Elon 575 (-1)
5. North Florida 577 (+1)
6. Penn State 581 (+5)
7. College of Charleston 582 (+6)
8. William & Mary 583 (+7)
9. East Tennessee State 585 (+9)
10. Maryland 588 (+12)
11. Charleston Southern 589 (+13)
T12. Morehead State 590 (+14)
T12. Samford 590 (+14)
14. Nebraska 591 (+15)
15. Western Carolina 595 (+19)
16. High Point 603 (+27)
T17. Illinois State 617 (+41)
T17. UNC Greensboro 617 (+41)
19. Marshall 618 (+42)

Top Five Players (104 total)
T1. Alessandra Liu (W&M) 136 (-8)
T1. Louise Olsson (COFC) 136 (-8)
3. Emily Brooks (ELON) 137 (-7)
4. Katerina Vlasinova (ODU) 138 (-6) **
T5. Katie Edelblut (W&M) 139 (-5)
T5. Kate Law (ECU) 139 (-5)

Other W&M Players
T49. Mia Zanghetti 149 (+5)
T89. Elizabeth Choi 158 (+14) **
T92. Tina Chang 159 (+15)
T100. Riley Corona 163 (+19)
** Playing as an individual

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