Women's Golf finishes 11th in weekend tournament
Brightwell's disqualification halts momentum for Cavaliers
The No. 24 women’s golf team finished 11th at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. this weekend, as UCLA ran away with a 20-stroke victory at the tournament hosted by Vanderbilt.
In Friday’s opening round, Virginia started out No. 12 with a combined 298. Senior Elizabeth Brightwell shot a 2-under 70 for a No. 4 overall score to help pace the Cavaliers. No other Cavalier was in the top 25, as senior Portland Rosen’s opening 74 was the next lowest score. Arizona State picked up the first round lead with a 285, four strokes ahead of UCLA.
Brightwell made a charge Saturday, carding a 3-under 69 to take the overall tournament lead ahead of UCLA sophomore Erynne Lee. The score helped Virginia move up to No. 8 on the leaderboard, but they were still 20 strokes behind the Bruins, whose combined Saturday 284 sent them into first place. Rosen’s 74 was the Cavaliers’ next best score, placing her No. 33 overall.
Sunday’s final round was marked with controversy for the Cavaliers. Brightwell was primed to continue her reign atop the leaderboard, but she was disqualified following the round after signing an incorrect scorecard. Her disqualification caused Virginia to drop in the team competition, and the team’s closing 308 placed them No. 11 overall. Sophomore Alex Hershberger had the low score with a 2-under 70, but she was competing as an individual and so her play could not count toward the Cavaliers’ score. Rosen’s 75 was the lowest official score for Virginia. UCLA’s final day 277 was 15 strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State, and allowed them to cruise to victory.
The Cavaliers’ next tournament is the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Oct. 11.