Women’s Golf Successfully Completes Third Place at Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate – The Cavalier Daily

after entering 3rd place in Annika Intercollegiate With a flawless performance by sophomore Amanda Sambach, Virginia Women’s Golf continued its impressive play by claiming third place in the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate Championship.

Played at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee, the tournament was held Monday and Tuesday against 14 teams including Augusta, BYU, Chattanooga, Kent State, Maryland, Mercer, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee, UCF and Virginia Tech & Week Forrest.

The Cavaliers lineup consisted of the same five starring Annika-Sambach, sophomore Megan Brubeck, rookie Jennifer Cleary, Celeste Valenio, and graduate student Riley Smith.

On the opening day of the tournament, teams played 36 holes. The Cavaliers finished first at the end of the day after scoring rounds of 7-under and 8-under on Course 71. Cleary finished fourth apart after shooting rounds 67 and 68. Sambach fired in rounds 67 and 69 and finished fifth, by one stroke behind her teammate.

In total on day one, the Virginia players had 40 birds, including 11 from Cleary and nine each from Sambach and Valenio. In a low one round match, Cleary and Valinho matched the Cavaliers and helped propel Virginia to the top of the leaderboard at the end of day one.

During the final round on Tuesday, Virginia fired 1-under 283 to finish third overall. Wake Forest finished first at 831.

The Cavaliers’ overall score was 16-under 836, which was the third-best result in a single round compared to parity in the Virginia program.

The team had the tournament’s best average score of 3 seconds – 2.99 hits and 1-less total points. They also performed well in a 5-second average, averaging 4.80 strokes and 15-under overall, second only to Wake Forest. Finally, the Cavaliers also had the most birds at 55 for the championship.

Three Virginia players finished the tournament in the top 10. Cleary finished in 7-under 206 – someone’s best as a jockey – and finished fifth. Sambach finished seventh at 6-under-207, and Valenio finished at 4-under-209. It was Sambach’s final round 71, and five of six of her group rounds this year have been equal or better.

Best round of the lineup on the final day was Smyth with a 2-under-69 to improve to 36th.

The Cavaliers go to compete in the Windy City Collegiate Classic October 3-4 in Highland Park, Illinois, hosted by Northwestern University.

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