FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Floyd County graduate Amanda Hollandsworth of Virginia Tech was in fifth place out of 132 golfers when the final round of the NCAA women’s golf national championships was suspended by darkness Monday night.
She shot an even-par 219 in the three-round tournament, including a 1-under 72 in her final round on a windy Monday afternoon. She birdied three of her final six holes.
She is a safe bet to remain in fifth place when the final nine golfers finish up on Tuesday morning.
Maria Fassi of host Arkansas has clinched the individual championship with an 8-under 211.
Virginia is assured of tying for 14th out of 25 squads in the team standings at 50-over 926. Only the top eight squads will advance to Tuesday’s start of match play, which will determine the team champ.
JMU wins regional
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — James Madison beat Michigan twice Monday to win the NCAA tournament’s Ann Arbor Regional.
JMU (51-8), steered by Roanoke College graduate and former Roanoke and Radford assistant Loren Messick LaPorte, advanced to the super regionals for the second time in school history. JMU will visit UCLA for the super regionals.
Michigan (45-13), the No. 15 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, was the only one of the 16 seeds to fail to make the super regionals.
Michigan had yet to lose in the double-elimination regional, so JMU needed to beat Michigan twice Monday to win the regional.
JMU won Game 1 of the finals 3-0, with Megan Good pitching a five-hit shutout.
The Dukes won the second game 2-1. Good threw a five-hitter and also homered.
Radford’s J.D. Mundy (Northside) and Kyle Butler made the All-Big South first team.
Mundy was chosen as the designated hitter. The junior is batting .298 with 15 doubles, 13 homers and 51 RBIs.
Butler (.271, 46 runs) was chosen for the utility slot.
Jefferson Forest graduate Zach Peek of Winthrop (6-3, 4.37 ERA, league-high 85 strikeouts) made the second team, as did Radford outfielder Andrew Szamski (.315, 10 homers, 52 RBIs) and Radford reliever Bruce Hudson (4-1, 2.25 ERA).
Radford’s Spencer Horwitz (.280, 45 runs) earned honorable mention.
Radford’s Straton Podaras (3.68 GPA) made the all-academic team.
Cavs, Hokie cited
Virginia second baseman Nic Kent (.333, 41 RBIs) was named to the All-ACC first team, becoming the first UVa freshman to make the first team in 10 years.
Virginia Tech second baseman Jack Owens (.323) made the second team, while UVa shortstop Tanner Morris (.353, 21 doubles) made the third team.
Kent also made the all-freshman team.
VMI ace recognized
VMI junior pitcher Zak Kent was named to the All-Southern Conference second team by league media members.
Kent ranks fifth nationally with a school-record 130 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings. He is 5-4 with a 4.61 ERA.
Kros, Kelley fall in NCAA singles tourneys
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tennessee’s Timo Stodder beat Virginia Tech’s Jason Kros 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the NCAA men’s singles championships Monday.
Kros had originally been named as an alternate for the tournament, but he was upgraded to the 64-man main draw Sunday when 2018 NCAA singles champ Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest withdrew.
UVa’s Carl Soderlund had been named the No. 3 seed for the singles tournament, but he also withdrew Sunday.
On the women’s side, Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey beat UVa’s Meghan Kelley 6-3, 6-0 in the first round Monday.
Brian Peccie of Washington and Lee has been named to the eight-man PING Division III All-America first team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Peccie earned the honor for the second straight year.
The junior broke his own school record with a 72.48 stroke average this year. He is one of five finalists for the Jack Nicklaus Division III player of the year award.