Men's Golf Finishes Third at Tennessee
October 6, 1998
KNOXVILLE, TN — Led by top-10 finishes by freshman Steve Marino and sophomore Mike Mitchell, the University of Virginia golf team turned in its best finish of the fall season by placing third at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions at the Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The Cavaliers finished with a team total of 868, six strokes behind North Florida.
Cavalier head coach Mike Moraghan put together one of his youngest squads in recent memory for this tournament and the move paid off as Marino tied for third, the best finish by a Cavalier this fall.Marino, playing in just his third collegiate tournament, finished with a 3-under par 213 (70-73-70). He began todays final round in ninth place, but jumped in the standings following todays 70.
Mitchell also turned in his best performance of the fall. He tied for ninth with a 1-under par 215. He shot a 68 in yesterdays first round, the low score of the round and the fourth-lowest of the tournament. His 215 is the best 54-hole score of his career.
Sophomore Cameron Yancey, who has gotten off to a slow start this fall, joined the duo in posting fall bests. He finished tied for 29th with a 3-over par 219 (74-72-73). Junior James Driscoll finished 36th at 221 (77-74-70) and freshman Shivin Kwatra finished tied for 66th at 233 (80-77-76).The Cavaliers began todays final round in sixth place, but their 287 today moved them ahead of East Tennessee State, Mississippi, and Tennessee for third. UVas 287 was the second-best round of the day and the Cavaliers best round this fall by five strokes.
N.C. State ran away with the team title. The Wolfpacks 844 was 18 strokes ahead of North Florida. The Wolfpack also featured the top-two finishers. Mark Gauley shot a 9-under par 207 to beat teammate James Bunch by three strokes for medalist honors.
Team Scores Top 10 Individuals 1. N.C. State 844 (-20) 1. Mark Gauley, N.C. State 207 2. North Florida 862 2. James Bunch, N.C. State 210 3. Virginia 868 3. Steve Marino, Virginia 213 4. Tennessee 869 Andy Brimer, Tennessee 213 5. East Tennessee State 872 Carl Pettersson, N.C. State 213 Southern California 872 6. Rich Morris, Arkansas 214 Mississippi 872 Troy Muller, Mississippi 214 8. Furman 876 Shawn Koch, E. Tennessee State 214 9. Florida Southern 883 9. Mike Mitchell, Virginia 215 10. Mississippi State 886 Chris Wisler, E. Tennessee State 215 11. LSU 891 Nick Jones, Southern California 215 12. Auburn 893 13. Arkansas 898 14. Florida State 905 Other Virginia GolfersT29. Cameron Yancey 219 36. James Driscoll 221T66. Shivin Kwatra 233