The Virginia women’s golf team finished third in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate | Sport

FROM THE REPORTS OF COLLEAGUES

The Virginia women’s golf team posted a second straight third-place finish to open the fall season, this time at Mercedes-Benz Collegiate of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Cavaliers shot a 1-under 283 in Tuesday’s final round for a 54-hole total of 16-under 836. It was the second-best single-round score over par in program history.

Wake Forest finished first among the 14 teams with 831 points, followed by UCF with 834 points.

Three Cavaliers finished in the top 10 at the event. Jennifer Cleary tied for fifth with a 7-under 206, Amanda Sambach tied for seventh with a 6-under 207, and Celeste Valigno came home tied for 10th with a 4-under 209.

Cleary and Sambach shot even-par 71s in the final round at Cherokee Country Club, while Valigno posted a 72. Megan Propek also shot a 72 to finish 33rd at 5-over 218.

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Graduate student Riley Smith paced UVa during the final round with a 2-under 69 to move up to 36th at 219. Individually competing Rebecca Schooler was 29th at 217. She shot a 76 on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers’ next competition is Oct. 3-4 at the Windy City Collegiate Classic hosted by Northwestern in Highland Park, Illinois.

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