GREENSBORO, Ga. – Behind the best tournament performance of WeiWei Gao’s (Cebu, Philippines) career, the Virginia men’s golf team finished third at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga. Gao had a final-round score of 68, to match his opening round effort, to tie for third at 8-under 208.
Virginia shot 11-under 277 during the final round for a three-day total of 9-under 855. Charlotte won the 16-team tournament at 25-under 839.
Gao’s previous best tournament finish was fifth place at last season’s Palmetto Intercollegiate. He also shot 208 at that event (on a par-70 course) and had his low career score of 68. It was the third top-10 finish of his career.
Gao got off to a great start with an eagle on the par-5 second hole before giving back several strokes and finishing his front nine at 1-over par. He piled up five birdies on his back nine to match his best round against par as a collegiate.
Sophomore Chris Fosdick (Middlefield, Conn.), a transfer from Florida Southern, had his best result as a Cavalier by finishing 11th at 2-under 214. Fosdick led UVA during the final round with a 5-under 67. His round included six birdies and a single bogey.
Sophomore Pietro Bovari (Milano, Italy) placed 16h at 1-under 214. He had a final round of 70 while senior Jimmie Massie (Lynchburg, Va.) was 27th at 219. Massie finished the tournament with an even par round of 72. Freshman George Duangmanee (Fairfax, Va.) was 55th at 225.
UVA junior Jack Montague (Manakin-Sabot, Va.), who competed as an individual, also recorded several career bests. Montague shot 71 on Sunday to tie for 16th place at 1-under 215. That was his best individual finish at a collegiate tournament and his best 54-hole total as a Cavalier. During Saturday’s second round he shot a career-best 3-under 69.
The Cavaliers are off until April 5 when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the Shoal Creek Invitational.
Linger Longer Invitational
Great Waters Golf Course
Par 72, 7,436 yards
1. Charlotte 285-277-277-839
2. Georgia Tech 283-284-283-850
3. Virginia 291-287-277-855
4. Louisiana Tech 290-283-287-860
5. Florida Gulf Coast 287-294-286-867
6. High Point 287-302-285-874
7. Memphis 289-295-292-876
7. Chattanooga 297-284-295-876
9. Middle Tennessee State 296-287-294-877
10. Toledo 300-299-284-883
11. Kennesaw State 295-296-295-886
12. Mercer 297-290-301-888
13. Troy 298-299-297-894
14. North Alabama 294-300-301-895
15. Augusta 308-288-300-896
16. Georgia State 299-297-303-899
1. John Gough, Charlotte 66-69-68-203
2. Connor McKay, Middle Tennessee State 66-69-69-204
3. WeiWei Gao, Virginia 68-72-68-208
3. Noah Norton, Georgia Tech 69-71-68-208
3. WeiWei Gao 68-72-68-208
11. Chris Fosdick 74-73-67-214
16. Pietro Bovari 74-71-70-215
27. Jimmie Massie 75-72-72-219
55. George Duangmanee 76-72-77-225
16. Jack Montague* 75-69-71-215
* Competing as an individual