Melbourne, Fla. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s golf team finished third at the Moon Golf Invitational in the team’s second tournament of the season. UVA shot 1-under 287 for a three-day total of 10-under 854. Third-ranked South Carolina won the event at 24-under 840 while No. 10 LSU was second at 846. The 18-team field included nine teams ranked in the top 25 of the most recent Golfweek poll.
Sophomore Virginia Bossi (Como, Italy) was the Cavaliers’ top finisher, placing 11th at 2-under 214. It was her best finish as a collegiate and her three-round total matched her best tournament score at UVA. During the first round, she equaled her best 18-hole score, shooting 2-under 70.
The five Cavaliers combined to shoot par-or-better in 11 of their 15 rounds and were separated by just three strokes in the final scoring. Sophomore Celeste Valinho (Jacksonville, Fla.) was 13th at 1-under 215 while senior Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.) and junior Riley Smyth (Cary, N.C.) tied for 22nd at 216 and freshman Jennifer Cleary (Wilmington, Del.) was 26th at 217.
“We were very pleased with the team’s ability to compete and finish well, even without their a-games,” said UVA coach Ria Scott. “This team has a real confidence in each other. They know their teammates are doing their very best and that any one of them can break par on any given round.”
Smyth and Cleary had UVA’s best closing scores, shooting 1-under 71 during the third round. Bossi posted a 72 on Tuesday while Valinho shot 73 and Lillie finished with a 74.
Virginia heads to Kiawah Island, S.C. for its next event. The Cavaliers will play at the College of Charleston’s Palmetto Spring Invitational at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Moon Golf Invitational
Duran Golf Club
Par 72, 6,383 yards
1. South Carolina 280-275-285-840
2. LSU 285-280-281-846
3. Virginia 285-282-287-854
4. Florida State 285-287-284-856
5. Auburn 289-286-287-862
6. UCF 282-289-293-864
7. Illinois 287-293-285-865
7. Arkansas 292-282-291-865
9. Alabama 292-288-286-866
10. Louisville 290-288-291-869
11. Florida 291-283-298-872
11. Miami 296-281-295-872
13. Oklahoma 304-287-290-881
14. North Carolina 299-289-297-885
15. Coastal Carolina 299-294-299-892
16. Florida Gulf Coast 307-300-293-900
17. Augusta 304-298-299-901
18. Florida Atlantic 313-302-298-913
1. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina 63-67-73-203
2. Latanna Stone, LSU 68-69-70-207
3. Polly Mack, Alabama 72-70-66-208
3. Ana Pelaez, South Carolina 71-67-70-208
11. Virginia Bossi 70-72-72-214
13. Celeste Valinho 70-72-73-215
22. Beth Lillie 70-72-74-216
22. Riley Smyth 78-67-71-216
26. Jennifer Cleary 75-71-71-217