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Women’s golf finishes tied for eighth at Ping/ASU Invitational

Senior Riley Smyth dominated on the par fives with eagles on two consecutive days

<p>Freshman Amanda Sambach led the Cavaliers, placing 19th overall.</p>

Freshman Amanda Sambach led the Cavaliers, placing 19th overall.

After finishing third in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the No. 7 Virginia women’s golf team tied for eighth in the PING/ASU Invitational at the Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, AZ.

Filling out the lineup for the Cavaliers were freshman Amanda Sambach, sophomores Jennifer Cleary and Rebecca Skoler, senior Riley Smyth and graduate student Beth Lillie.

Virginia opened the tournament with a 7-over 295 to place eighth, 15 shots back from No. 8 Arizona State’s 8-under 280. Senior Alexandra Forterling’s 6-under 66 contributed greatly to this early lead for the Sun Devils.

Although the Cavaliers had a slight score improvement from round one with a 292 second round, they dropped to ninth place with Arizona State’s 291. Smyth performed well this round with a 2-under 70 with three birdies and an eagle. Arizona State, the eventual tournament champions, remained in first with an impressive 13-under 275 to increase the lead to 17 strokes.

Virginia closed with a 6-over 294 to end the tournament at 17-over 881. Sambach had an impressive 2-under 70 in her final round which included three birdies and a back-nine 34. The team tied overall with New Mexico.

Sambach led the way for the Cavaliers and tied for 19th place shooting even-par 216 through the tournament. Smyth had a 2-under round of 70 in the second round and finished tied for 29th with a total score of 2-over 218. Cleary placed not far behind Smyth, tying for 33rd along with five others with a solid opening round of 71. Lillie and Skolere finished tied for 58th and 84th, respectively.

Although scoring did not go as planned this weekend for Virginia, they excelled on the par fives. Smyth had an average score of 4.50, playing 6-under on the week. She had eagles on hole nine in rounds two and three.

Forsterling of Arizona State finished first with three consecutive under-par rounds. She ended the tournament at 9-under 207 with 13 birdies on the week.

The Cavaliers will next compete Sunday in a single-day match play tournament against Georgia at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Following this is the start of the ACC Championships at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., where Virginia will look to improve upon its performance in this week’s tournament.