Golfers Place 15th at Chris Schenkel Invitational
March 29, 1999
STATESBORO, Ga. – The University of Virginia golf team did not fare well atthe Chris Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational finishing 15th in a 15-team fieldtoday at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.
The Cavaliers were tied for sixth following the first 18 holes yesterday,but fell to 14th place following the afternoon round. Today the Cavaliersshot a 311 and dropped to last place one stroke behind N.C. State andGeorgia Southern. Virginia finished with a 54-hole total of 907.
Florida senior Steve Scott won individual medalist honors by defeatingGeorgia’s Michael Morrison on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.Morrison, who forced the playoff with a 2-under round of 70 today, had achance to win the title in regulation, only to miss a short par putt on the570-yard 18th hole. Morrison had taken the lead on the 16th, curling in a20-footer for birdie that put the Georgia junior at 6-under. But an erranttee shot on the 18th hole ended up in a dry creek bed, forcing Morrison totake an unplayable lie and forcing the playoff.
Scott posted a steady final round of 72 today following rounds of 69 and 70on Saturday.
Virginia was led by James Driscoll, who turned in his best finish of thespring, finishing in a seven-way tie for 27th place with a 7-over par 223.His 71 in the second round Saturday was the best round for Virginia in thetournament. Mike Mitchell shot an even-par 72 in the first round onSaturday, but shot 77-75 the last two rounds, finishing one shot behindDriscoll in a tie for 34th place. Steve Marino and Cameron Yancey finishedtied for 58th, while Andrea Brotto finished 75th.
Clemson and Georgia finished the 54-hole event tied at 869, forcing aplayoff. Clemson clinched the title on the second playoff hole, the527-yard par-5 9th after both teams posted four pars on the first playoffhole.
Team Results Top-10 Individuals 1. Clemson 869 (+5)** 1. Steve Scott, Florida 211 (-5)** 2. Georgia 869 (+5) 2. Michael Morrison, Georgia 211 3. South Carolina 871 3. Kyle Thompson, South Carolina 213 4. Florida 877 4. Scott Volpitto, TCU 214 5. Duke 885 Jonathan Byrd, Clemson 214 Texas Christian 885 Robert Duck, Augusta State 214 7. Augusta State 886 7. Chris Emanuel, Ohio State 215 8. East Tennessee State 888 8. Eamonn Brady, East Tenn. State 216 9. Georgia Tech 890 9. Grady Girard, TCU 21710. Ohio State 892 10. Blake Adams, Ga. Southern 21711. Furman 895 Michael Capone, Wake Forest 21712. Wake Forest 902 Mike Christensen, Duke 21713. Georgia Southern 906 ** won playoff N.C. State 90615. Virginia 907 Virginia finishers:** won playoff T27. James Driscoll 223 (+7) (75-71-77) T34. Mike Mitchell 224 (+8) (72-77-75) T58. Steve Marino 230 (+14) (73-76-81) T58. Cameron Yancey 230 (+14) (76-76-78) 75. Andrea Brotto 247 (+31) (84-81-82)