Tampa Bay Sports Day

UT: Riihijarvi Takes Individual Championship at Saint Leo Invite

(FLORIDA SPORTS  WIRE) – The University of Tampa women’s golf team placed third overall at the Saint Leo Invitational as sophomore All-American Kiira Riihijarvi added another trophy to her collection with the individual championship.

A total of 10 teams competed. Joining Tampa, team champion Nova Southeastern and host Saint Leo (2nd) were fellow Sunshine State Conference opponents Florida Tech (4th), Barry (7th), Palm Beach Atlantic (9th) and Eckerd (10th).

Riihijarvi played a two-hole playoff with Nova Southeastern’s Michelle Ruiz. Each player parred the first hole as Riihijarvi earned the title with a birdie on the following hole as Ruiz shot a par.

The second-round 69 by Riihijarvi set a new school record as she broke her previous record of 70 from the 2016 NCAA South Regional.

Finishing -4, this marked the first tournament where Riihijarvi shot below par in both rounds.
UT’s opening round score of 295 on Monday also marked a school record for Missey Jones’ squad.
Tampa also set a second-day record with a 300 in Tuesday’s round.

Saint Leo University hosted the tournament at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla.

SPARTANS SCOREBOARD:
Kiira Riihijarvi | 1st overall, 140
Heather Kipniss | 6th overall, 146
Sofia Cadavid | 28th overall, 154
Sydney Stengel | 32nd overall, 155
Jess Wild | 32nd overall, 155

Tampa has one tournament remaining in its fall season, which will be the Flagler Fall Slam on October 23-24. The event will be played at St. Augustine’s Marsh Creek Country Club.