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March 14, 1999

LAS VEGAS – The University of Virginia golf team turned in its best performance of the spring season so far, finishing 10th at the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational today at The Desert Inn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cavaliers, who won the event last year, finished with a 54-hole total of 887.

The Cavaliers got off to a slow start in Friday’s first round and were unable to stay in the race to retain their title. They began today’s final round in 10th place and shot a 292 today, but it was not enough to move any higher.

Freshman Steve Marino had the best outing of his young collegiate career and was Virginia’s low man, finishing in a four-way tie for 14th place. He shot a 71 in the first round and was third after 18 holes, but fell off the pace following a 74 yesterday. He finished with a 1-over par 217 following an even-par 72 today. Marino was joined in the top-25 by sophomore Mike Mitchell, who finished tied for 21st at 219 (76-70-73).

All-American James Driscoll dropped out of contention early following an 80 on Friday, but he rebounded the final two rounds firing 71-70, finishing in a tie for 32nd at 221. Cameron Yancey tied for 57th at 230, while Shep Stevens, playing in his first tournament this spring, finished 74th with a 241.

UNLV shot a blistering 12-under par 276 today to take the team title. The Rebels trailed Georgia by five strokes at the start of today’s final round, but managed to overtake the Bulldogs for the four-stroke win. Three UNLV golfers finished in the top-10 to propel the homestanding Rebels to a 54-hole total of 855, 11 under par.

Texas freshman David Gossett, who held or shared the lead after each round, sank a 10-foot putt for birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Georgia Tech’s Bryce Molder. Both had pars on the first playoff hole. They tied at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of Charles Howell of Oklahoma State.

     Team Results                          Top-10 Individuals  1. UNLV                   855 (-9)    1. David Gossett, Texas             208 (-8)**  2. Georgia                859         2. Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech       208      3. Oklahoma State         862         3. Charles Howell, Oklahoma State   209  4. Clemson                863         4. Ryuji Imada, Georgia             210  5. Georgia Tech           870         5. Lucas Glover, Clemson            211  6. Arizona State          878            Charley Hoffman, UNLV            211  7. Texas                  879            James McLean, Minnesota          211  8. New Mexico             880         8. Chris Berry, UNLV                213  9. Houston                882            Michael Kirk, UNLV               213 10. Virginia               887        10. Wil Collins, New Mexico          214 11. Arizona                893            ** won on second playoff hole 12. Minnesota              894            Virginia Golfers: 13. California             896       T14. Steve Marino      217 (+1)     (71-74-72) 14. Southern Methodist     905       T21. Mike Mitchell     219 (+3)     (76-70-73) 15. Texas Christian        909       T32. James Driscoll    221 (+5)     (80-71-70)                                      T57. Cameron Yancey    230 (+14)    (77-76-77)                                       74. Shep Stevens      241 (+25)    (80-82-79)
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