WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Virginia women’s golf team shot its best round of the weekend and moved up to a fifth-place finish at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. The tournament was the final fall event for the fourth-ranked Cavaliers.
UVA shot even par 288 on Sunday for a three-day total of 8-over 872. Teeing off on holes seven, eight and nine with a shotgun start format, the team was aided by a strong finish that saw all five players make birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. Sixth-ranked South Carolina took the title at 15-under 849.
Sophomore Jennifer Cleary equaled her best tournament finish, placing fourth overall at 3-under 213. That is her best tournament score as a collegiate. Her opening round 69 matched her best single-round score at UVA. She shot 2-under 70 during the final round.
First-year Amanda Sambach was 17th at even par 216. She posted a final round score of 75. She also matched her best 18-hole performance by shooting 3-under 69 on the opening day of play.
Graduate student Beth Lillie used a final-round effort of 1-under 71 to move up to 34th place at 5-over 221. Junior Virginia Bossi was one shot behind her in 38th place. Bossi posted a 72 during Sunday’s competition. Senior Riley Smyth rounded out the Cavaliers’ scoring at 234 to place 83.
Junior Celeste Valinho, who is competing as an individual, was 46th at 224.
The tournament was UVA’s final outing during the fall. The team opens its spring schedule on Feb. 6 at the UCF Challenge.
Country Club of Landfall
Par 72, 6,150 yards
1. South Carolina 291-278-280-849
2. Michigan 289-279-293-861
3. Michigan State 293-283-289-865
4. Wake Forest 294-287-290-871
5. Virginia 290-294-288-872
6. UCF 293-285-295-873
7. Texas 291-298-289-878
8. Illinois 299-290-290-879
9. Virginia Tech 295-285-301-881
10. Florida State 303-291-290-884
10. NC State 297-291-296-884
12. Clemson 291-297-301-889
13. Purdue 303-296-293-892
14. North Carolina 306-298-290-894
15. Penn State 308-293-297-898
16. Furman 297-296-306-899
17. Maryland 305-294-303-902
18. UNC Wilmington 318-312-302-932
1. Justine Fournand, South Carolina 67-73-68-208
2. Emily Mahar, Virginia Tech 71-72-68-211
3. Crystal Wang, Illinois 74-68-70-212
4. Jennifer Cleary 69-74-70-213
17. Amanda Sambach 69-72-75-216
34. Beth Lillie 77-73-71-221
38. Virginia Bossi 75-75-72-222
46. Celeste Valinho* 76-74-74-224
83. Riley Smyth 80-75-79-234
* Competing as an individual