Women's Golf ACCtion: Feb. 17-19
Feb. 19, 2008
Qdoba Intercollegiate, Don Shula's Golf Club, Miami Lakes, FL
The 23rd-ranked Virginia women's golf team shot 10-over 298 for the second straight day to place third in the 12-team Qdoba Invitational hosted by Miami at Don Shula's Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Cavaliers were led during the final round by Whitney Neuhauser's even par 72 and Jennie Arseneault's 1-over 73. UVa finished the 54-hole event at 903. East Carolina, ranked No. 22, took top honors at 887 while Louisville was second at 901.
Freshman Joy Kim, who was playing as a non-counting individual, posted UVa's best overall finish. She was sixth in stroke play at 6-over 222, including a 73 during the final round. It marked Kim's best single-round effort, her first top-10 finish and the her best tournament score of her collegiate career. She played in one event last fall, placing 57th at the Mercedes-Benz Invitational.
Neuhauser, a sophomore, finished at 224 to place seventh overall. That marked her second top-10 finish and the first time she has placed in the top-10 in a 54-hole event. Her 72 during the final round was the best 18-hole score of her career.
Miami senior Jessica Steward shot a final-round, five-over-par 77 at the fourth annual Qdoba Collegiate Championships to finish tied for second overall in the final individual standings at Don Shula's Golf Club.
Steward, who shot a 71 (-1) and 72 (E) during Sunday and Monday's first and second rounds respectively, finished the three-day tournament four-over with a total of 220 which placed her into a three-way tie with Kentucky's Mallory Blackwelder and San Jose State's Erica Moston for second place overall. East Carolina's Abby Bools edged out the trio by two strokes to claim the individual championship with a two-over 218.
Combined, the Hurricanes put together a final round 308 to finish fourth overall with a three-day total 907 (+43). Led by Bools, East Carolina won the overall team championship with a 23-over-par 887, 14 strokes ahead of tournament runner up Louisville.
UM freshman Christina Hirano finished tied for 18th with a 12-over 228, freshman Maria Ronderos finished tied for 24th with a 13-over 229, senior Hagen Weintraub placed 27th with a 14-over 230, freshman Brooke Stuart finished 66th with a 57-over 273.