Alabama leads Virginia after player DQ


The University of Virginia women's golf team should be leading after the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. 

Due to a player disqualification on Tuesday, however, Virginia trails Alabama by two shots after the first round at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

The Cavaliers' score went from 5 under to even par when Elizabeth Brightwell was disqualified because she signed for an incorrect score. Brightwell had shot even-par 72, but signed for 71. She made five at the par-4 fourth, but signed for one less.

Since Brightwell was disqualified, her score could not be used as one of four selected from the team's five players to create a composite score. Briana Mao's 77 had to be used instead. That five-shot swing moved Virginia from three ahead of the Crimson Tide to trailing by two.

Brightwell can still help her team in the remaining three rounds of the championship, but cannot compete for the individual title. Her teammate, Portland Rosen, shot 66 to lead among all players on Day 1.

Conference rival Duke is a shot back of Virginia at 1 over, while North Carolina is another shot behind in fourth. Pac-12 representatives UCLA and Arizona State are both 4 over and tied for fifth place.