Men’s golf finishes season with eighth-place tournament finish


Senior Danny Walker was the only senior in the Cavaliers' lineup this weekend.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The Virginia men’s golf team wrapped up its fall season this past weekend with an eighth-place finish at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. The Cavaliers combined to shoot a three-round score of 849 (-15) in what was an ultra-competitive tournament, with 13 of the 15 competing teams ranked top 50 in the country.

While Virginia failed to defend its title in the tournament, it was an encouraging effort from the young team. Playing with only one senior in its lineup (Danny Walker), the Cavaliers finished ahead of two teams currently ranked in the top five — No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 5 Oklahoma.

The top performers for Virginia were freshman Jimmie Massie and junior Thomas Walsh.  Massie and Walsh each shot a three-round score of 211 (-5) to finish tied for 12th out of 78 golfers.

Massie’s breakout performance was highlighted by his outstanding final round. The freshman shot a 68 (-4) in the third round, which was the best single round score by a Virginia player in the tournament. 

Walsh’s performance marks the third consecutive time he has finished in the top 20 at a tournament this season. The junior ends the fall season as the Cavaliers’ leader in stroke average at 71.91 strokes per round.

Additionally, freshman Wei Wei Gao had a solid tournament in his first career start. Gao finished one stroke behind Massie and Walsh at 212, tied for 23rd overall.

Virginia will be off until next February, when the team opens its spring season at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Kauai, Hawaii. After an up-and-down fall season, the Cavaliers will look to have a strong spring now that its younger players have an extra season of experience.

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