Cavs enter NCAAs without Arseneault
When top-seeded Virginia tees off Thursday at the NCAA Women’s East Regional, the Cavaliers will be without one of their best players.
Senior All-ACC selection Jennie Arseneault did not make the trip with the Cavaliers to Gainesville, Fla., for what coach Kim Lewellen says was a mutual decision.
“We had a lot of discussion, and we just didn’t feel like her game was where it needed to be for regionals,” Lewellen said.
Arseneault, No. 41 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is coming off her poorest showing of the season April 19 at the ACC Championship. She did not break 80 in the final two rounds and finished 32nd, last on her team. The Cavs finished fifth as a team.
Before ACCs, Arseneault tied for sixth at the Bryan National Collegiate and tied for fifth at the Liz Murphey Classic. In the fall, Arseneault finished in the top 10 three times and was second on the team in scoring average.
Sophomore Joy Kim will replace Arseneault in the Cavs’ lineup. Kim, ranked 259th by Golfweek, has not played in Virginia’s last three events, including the ACC Championship. The last time she played was in mid-March at the LSU Golf Classic, an event Virginia won. Kim placed 76th and finished last amongst her teammates; Arseneault tied for 16th.
In the final round of last year’s East Regional, Kim birdied the 18th hole at the University of Georgia Golf Course to shoot 68 as the Cavs advanced to the NCAA Championship.
“(Arseneault) felt like Joy was a better pick right now,” Lewellen said. “She’s a team player. She wants the team to get to nationals just as much as anybody. She felt like at this moment that Joy Kim was in a better position to do that.”
Lewellen said Arseneault, who was unable to be reached for comment, was traveling to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to work with her swing instructor this weekend. Lewellen said she has not decided which players will make up the Cavs’ lineup should they reach the NCAA Championship. Lewellen also said that Arseneault was in good academic standing.
Virginia is ranked No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.