The Virginia men’s golf team saved its best play for last, closing its fall season with a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship.
The Cavaliers battled a 15-team field that included 10 of the country’s top 25 teams and secured fourth by shooting 3-over 291 Sunday, their best round of the weekend. Virginia posted a three-day total of 880, six strokes off No. 12 Georgia Tech’s winning mark.
Sophomore Ji Soo Park improved six strokes from his Saturday score and vaulted Virginia with a final-round 68. Park’s 218 total placed ninth overall and was nine strokes behind the tournament’s individual winner, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers.
Sophomore Denny McCarthy also rebounded Sunday, shooting a one-under 71 after a disappointing 77 in his previous round. McCarthy tied sophomore teammate David Pastore for 20th place.
The Cavaliers’ performance reflected dramatic progress from last year’s U.S. Collegiate, in which the team finished 13th. Virginia now enters its four-month winter hiatus with a positive lasting memory before it begins its spring season in March.