CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior golfer Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.) has been named to the 2021 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Player of the Year while teammate Jennifer Cleary (Wilmington, Del.) was named the Rookie of the Year.
Lillie was joined on the first-team all-state squad by junior teammate Riley Smyth (Cary, N.C.) while Cleary was a second-team selection along with sophomore Virginia Bossi (Como, Italy).
It marked the third time Lillie has been named all-state while Bossi and Smyth picked up the honor for the second consecutive season.
Lillie was named an honorable mention All-American in 2021 by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the third time as a Cavalier. She finished ninth at the 2021 NCAA Championships while competing as an individual.
Lillie’s 72.77 stroke average led UVA this season. That was her lowest scoring average as a Cavalier. She was the team’s top finisher in three of the Cavaliers’ tournaments this season including a third-place showing in the season-opening UCF Challenge and a victory in the three-team Match at Spring Creek. She had a total of five top-10 finishes during the season to raise her career total to 14.
In her initial collegiate season, Cleary was third on the team with a 74.05 stroke average. She had three top-10 finishes and led the team in scoring at the ACC Championships (11th) and the Clemson Invitational.
Smyth was second on the team with a 73.27 stroke average and had four top-10 showings. Bossi posted a 74.55 stroke average and finished in the top-10 twice as a sophomore.