Sparked by a career-best performance from sophomore Ashton Poole, the Virginia men’s golf team bounced back from a disappointing season opening performance with a second-place finish Monday out of 12 teams at the Northern Intercollegiate tournament in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Cavaliers shot a combined three-round score of 845 (-19), finishing behind tournament champion Marquette’s score of 832 (-32) and ahead of third place Iowa State’s score of 860 (-4).
Poole finished tied for first place out of 72 golfers with a score of 202 (-14). It was a major breakout performance by the Charlotte, N.C. native, who was competing in Virginia’s starting lineup for the first time since the 2015-16 season after redshirting this past year. Poole recorded four eagles in the tournament, including one on his last hole in the third round to tie with Marquette’s Oliver Farrell as co-champions.
The Cavaliers were also boosted by a strong performance from junior Thomas Walsh, who finished tied for fourth with a score of 209 (-7). His tournament performance was highlighted by an exceptional stretch in the first round, where Walsh birdied five out of six times from hole seven to hole 12. It was Walsh’s sixth career top-10 finish.
Virginia will next compete in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament starting Oct. 13. The Cavaliers will look to defend their title after finishing in first place at the tournament last year.