NCAA Stanford Regional Appearance (17th/18 place)
Patriot League Champions
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Ali Wright
The Richmond women's golf team is participated in the team's first-ever NCAA Regional in the program's 13-year history in 2016, finishing 17th at the Stanford Regional.
The Spiders earned an automatic seed to the NCAA Championships after capturing the Patriot League Championship title at the Bucknell Golf Course.
UR earned the automatic seed of the Patriot League after besting the league's reigning champion Boston University by six strokes, holding on to the lead in the final three holes.
Senior Jessica Lydia was named All-Patriot League First Team after placing third overall at the conference championships. She led the team in stroke average this year at 78.07, which ranks ninth all-time at UR. Her final career average of 77.57 ranks second all-time behind Natasha Lopez Moreira (77.30) who played from 2004-06.
The Spiders were buoyed all season by the 'Fab Freshmen' trio of Isabella Rusher, Sophie DiPetrillo and Annie Collom. All made immediate impacts in their freshmen year, entering the lineup in the
season’s first tournament. The trio helped Richmond win just its fourth-ever tournament back in the fall, and each posted team-low individual scores at different points throughout the season.
DiPetrillo earned Patriot League First Team honors after placing fourth at the conference championships, including a final round 74. DiPetrillo went on to post the best three-round score at the NCAA's, placing 67th overall.
Collom was an All-League Second Teamer with her seventh-place finish at the conference championships. She was a consistently strong performer for UR all season, posting at least one round in the 70's in all but one tournament and finishing with a stroke average of 79.24.
Rusher showed the greatest flashes of excellence among the freshman with a team-best two under-par rounds. She tied the school record for lowest round twice, shooting 69 (-3) at Kiawah and Kingsmill.
Sophomore Elsa Diaz rounded out the Spider starting lineup. After a spectacular freshman season, Diaz carded an under-par round in the fall and had a top-10 and top-20 finish during the season.
Head coach Ali Wright earned her first career Coach of the Year honor after leading the Spiders to the conference championship in just her second season at the helm and UR's second season in the Patriot League.