DORADO, P.R. – Freshmen Ben James shot 5-under 67 during the final round of the Dorado Beach Collegiate in Puerto Rico to help No. 12 UVA to a fifth-place finish in the 14-team field. James tied for fourth overall at 12-under 204. Virginia wrapped up the tournament at 22-under 842, including a final-round score of 10-under 278. It was the Cavaliers’ first team event of the spring.
James was matched during the final round by classmate Bryan Lee, whose score of 67 was a collegiate best round. Lee, playing in his third tournament as a Cavalier, moved up to a 13th-place finish at 8-under 208. His finish and 54-hole total were also career-best marks.
James’ finish marked the fourth time in five tournaments he has placed in the top four this season. He entered the event ranked the number-12 player in the nation by Golfstat. That ranking is the second highest among first-year players.
A trio of UVA performers shot even par 72 during the final round. Deven Patel led that group with a 37th-place finish at 1-under 215. George Duangmanee was 48th at 1-over 217 and Pietro Bovari was 68th at 6-over 222. Jack Montague, competing as an individual, was 57th at 3-over 219.
Cincinnati won the event at 44-under 820. Duke’s William Love took home medalist honors at 17-under 199.
Virginia returns to action next Monday at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate hosted by Wake Forest at Pinehurst No. 2. The 54-hole event will take place over two days.
Dorado Beach Collegiate
TPC Dorado – Sugarcane Course
Dorado, Puerto Rico
Par 72, 7,112 yards
1. Cincinnati 275-269-276-820
2. Duke 280-268-280-828
3. UNCG 273-283-277-833
4. Augusta 288-273-276-837
5. Virginia 281-284-278-842
6. Auburn 285-280-282-847
7. Rutgers 288-282-279-849
8. West Virginia 282-288-282-852
9. Ball State 285-285-283-853
10. Kennesaw State 292-278-289-859
11. Drexel 290-280-291-861
12. Boston College 286-282-295-862
13. Old Dominion 292-292-297-881
14. Army 309-308-300-917
1. William Love, Duke 71-63-65-199
2. Ryan Ford, Cincinnati 65-68-68-201
3. Ian Siebers, Duke 66-68-68-202
4. Ben James 69-68-67-204
13. Bryan Lee 73-68-67-208
37. Deven Patel 70-73-72-215
48. George Duangmanee 70-75-72-217
68. Pietro Bovari 71-79-72-222
57. Jack Montague* 73-71-75-219
* Competing as an individual