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April 26, 1999

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sophomore Mike Mitchell turned in the best performance ofhis career and junior James Driscoll had his second top-10 finish in thelast three tournaments to lead the University of Virginia golf team to theteam title at the Wofford Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., this weekend.

The Cavaliers, the only team to break par, fired a 2-under par 862 tofinish eight strokes ahead of UNC Charlotte. The win was the Cavaliers’first since capturing the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational in March1998. Virginia’s performance also marked the first time since the 1998 ACCTournament that the Cavaliers broke par for a tournament.

Virginia entered Saturday’s final round tied with Furman, one stroke behindVirginia Commonwealth, but the Cavaliers fired a final round 286 thatenabled them to overtake the Rams and claim the victory.

Mitchell fired a 9-under par 207 (70-69-68) to finish tied for second withJedd McLuen from the College of Charleston. Mitchell’s 68 in the finalround ties his collegiate career low. Wake Forest’s Michael Capone tookmedalist honors with an 11-under par 205.

Driscoll finished tied for 10th for the second time this month; he alsotied for 10th at the Carpet Capital three weeks ago. Yancey’s 16th-placefinish was his best since the Carpet Capital. Freshmen Steve Marino andShivin Kwatra also helped the Cavaliers’ cause. Marino struggled to a 79 inthe first round, but finished 70-74 to tie for 27th place at 223. Kwatrahad his best performance of his collegiate career, finishing in 38th place.He, too, struggled in the first round, but finished with rounds of 73-72 tofinish at 225.

The Cavaliers will now await a potential to the NCAA East RegionalTournament. The East Regional will be played May 20-22 in Providence, R.I.

Team Results             Top-10 Individuals 1. Virginia 862 (-2)    1. Michael Capone, Wake Forest 205 (-11) (68-68-69) 2. UNC Charlotte 870    2. Mike Mitchell, Virginia 207 (70-69-68) 3. Augusta State 871    3. Jedd McLuen, Charleston 207 4. Maryland 871         4. Marc Chatelain, Duke 212 5. Duke 872             5. Jeffrey Deloach, Furman 213 6. Charleston 875       6. Gary Mankulish, Maryland 214 7. VCU 876              7. Neal Kauffman, UNC Charlotte 214 8. Furman 882           8. Reg Millage, VCU 215 9. Wake Forest 884      9. Jay McLuen, Charleston 21510. Wofford 886         10. Jamie Elson, Augusta State 21611. Old Dominion 906    11. Josh Lower, Wofford 21612. Chattanooga 909     12. James Driscoll, Virginia 216 (73-70-73)13. Virginia Tech 917

Other Virginia Golfers:T16. Cameron Yancey 218 (72-73-73)T27. Steve Marino 223 (79-70-74)T38. Shivin Kwatra 225 (80-73-72)

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