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Celeste Valinho

Jacksonville, Fla.
Providence School
High School
Celeste Valinho - Women's Golf - Virginia Cavaliers

Valinho Pronunciation


2023-24 (Grad)
• Was 124th (3 rounds) at NCAA Championships (+17, 233)
• Was 47th at ANNIKA Intercollegiate to open season
• Placed 47th at the Glass City Invitational
• Was 58th at Collegiate Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club
• Finished 24th at San Diego State Classic
• Was 52nd at UNLV’s The Show
• Competing as an individual, was 21st at Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic (+5, 221)
• Tied for 20th at ACC Championships (+2, 217), her fourth consecutive top-20 finish at ACCs
• Shot season-best +1, 217 at ACCs, including matching her season low single-round score (71) in opening round
• Was UVA’s No. 2 finisher at NCAA Cle Elum Regional (+3, 219)
• Her ninth-place finish at NCAA Regional was the fifth top-10 of her career
• Shot season-low -3, 69 in first round of NCAA Regional
• Named to All-ACC Academic team

2022-23 (Senior)
• Was 113th at NCAA Championships (+13, 229)
• Placed 13th at NCAA Westfield Regional, shooting -4, 212
• That matched her low round vs. par this season
• Was UVA’s No. 2 finisher at ACC Championships, placing 12th at +2, 218
• Placed 35th at ANNIKA Intercollegiate to open the season
• Helped UVA to a third-place finish at ANNIKA
• Was 10th at Mercedes-Benz Collegiate where she matched her low tourney score (209) and best single-round total (67)
• Placed 39th at Windy City Collegiate Classic and 48th at Stanford Intercollegiate
• UVA’s top finisher (30th) at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (+7, 220)
• Picked match play win vs. Louisville’s Carman Griffiths (1Up) at Wolfpack Match Play
• Named an All-America Scholar by Women’s Golf Coaches Association
• Named to the 2022-23 ACC Honor Roll
• All-State selection by VaSID and All-ACC Academic Team

2021-22 (Junior)
• Played in three rounds at NCAA Championships to help UVA to a 15th-place finish
• Posted an 11th-place finish at NCAA Ann Arbor Regional
• Played in six tournaments in the spring including ACC Championships where she was UVA’s No. 2 player with a 13th-place showing
• Top finish was ninth place at UCF Challenge
• Shot career-low -7, 209 at UCF Challenge and also posted best 18-hole score (-5, 67)
• Opened season by placing 10th at the Windy City Collegiate while competing as an individual
• Matched then-career low single-round score with -2, 69 at Wolverine Invitational
• Came in No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays of Day for eagle during 2021 Stephens Cup play
• Named an All-America Scholar by Women’s Golf Coaches Association
• Named to 2022 ACC Academic Honor Roll and All-ACC Academic team
• Selected to 2022 VaSID All-State second team

2021 (Sophomore)
• Played in all eight tournaments
• Was UVA’s No. 2 finisher at ACC Championships, shooting +2, 218 to finish 15th in stroke play
• Opened the season with a third-place finish at the UCF Challenge to lead the Cavaliers in scoring
• Was UVA’s No. 2 scorer at the Moon Golf Invitational
• Posted her best tourney score (-2, 214) and single round (69) at UCF Challenge
• Named to 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll and All-ACC Academic team
• Named an All-America Scholar by Women’s Golf Coaches Association

2019-20 (Freshman)
• Played in three tournaments
• Cracked the lineup for season-opener at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate
• Best tournament score both came at the Windy City Collegiate while she posted her best single-round scores during back-to-back round at the IJGA Collegiate Invitational
• Named to 2020 ACC Honor Roll

Amateur / High School /Personal
• Pursuing a masters degree in Commerce
• Tied for second at the 2019 Florida Women’s Open
• Was 13th at 2019 Florida Girls’ Junior Amateur
• Qualified for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship
• Won her division of the 2018 PGA National Junior Open at PGA National Golf Club
• Was the semifinalist at 2018 Florida State Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Match Play championship
• In 2018, had six top-10 finishes on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, including wins at the  North Florida Junior Open, PGA National Junior Shootout a win at the HJGT Summer World Championships
• Helped her Providence School team to runner-up finish at Florida high school 1A golf championships as a senior
• Finished in the top-10 of individual play for the second consecutive season
• Named all-First Coast after posting the lowest score in regional competition among Jacksonville-area players for any division
• Competed in the USGA’s 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championship

Celeste Valinho’s Career Statistics

2019-20 9 700 77.78 74
2021 22 1642 74.64 69
2021-22 30 2235 74.50 67
2022-23 26 1909 73.42 67
2023-24 27 2044 75.70 71
Totals 114 8530 74.82 67

Celeste Valinho’s Career Bests
Career Best Tournament Finish: 3rd, UCF Challenge, Feb. 2, 2021
Career Top-10 Finishes: 5
Career Best 54-Hole Score: 209, Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, Sept. 20, 2022 & UCF Challenge, Feb. 8, 2022
Career Best 18-Hole Score: 67, Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, Sept. 20, 2022 & UCF Challenge, Feb. 8, 2022