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April 21, 2001

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA – Three teams are within four strokes of each other heading into Sunday’s final round of the 48th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf championship at Disney’s Magnolia Course. Senior John Engler of Clemson has a three-shot lead over four other players in the individual competition. The University of Virginia’s golf team improved to fourth place with a two-round total of four-under-par 572 (289-283) on the par 72, 7,093-yard course.

Wake Forest, with one junior, three sophomores and a freshman making up their lineup, moved ahead in the team race by one shot over second-ranked Georgia Tech with a 564 two-round total. Wake Forest’s score is 12-under par. Tech has a 565 total and Clemson, the defending conference champion, is third with 568. Virginia is followed by NC State and North Carolina, who share fifth-place with an even par 576 score. Duke is seventh at 584, followed by Florida State at 600, and Maryland at 607.

In the individual race Engler, who shot an opening round 66, shot a two-under par 70 for a two-day total of 136. Defending individual champion Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech, freshman Bill Haas of Wake Forest, freshman Rusty Kennedy of Virginia along with sophomore Brent Wanner of Wake Forest all share the second place position with five-under par 139 totals.

Saturday’s best scores were a pair of 68’s by Wanner and Kennedy. A total of 16 under-par rounds were posted in the second round. Engler, who enjoyed a bogey-free round in firing a 66 on Friday, had five birdies in his second round but had a bogey and a double-bogey in finishing with a two-under par 70.

Virginia senior Cameron Yancey is tied for seventh with a two-round score of two-under-par 142 (71-71). Junior Steve Marino is tied for ninth with a one-under-par score of 143 (73-70). Freshman Kevin O’Connell is tied for 28th with a four-over-par 148 (74-74). Rounding out the Virginia players is senior Mike Mitchell, who is in 43rd place with an 11-over-par 155 (77-78). Sunday’s final round will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Atlantic Coast Conference (Team Standings)1. Wake Forest 281-283-564 (-12),2. Georgia Tech 280-285-565 (-11),3. Clemson 284-284-568 (-8),4. VIRGINIA 289-283-572 (-4),5. N.C. State 287-289-576 (E), North Carolina 290-286-576 (E),6. Duke 291-293-584 (+8),7. Florida State 302-298-600 (+24),8. Maryland 312-295-607 (+31).

Virginia Individual StandingsT2. Rusty Kennedy 71-68-139 (-5),T7. Cameron Yancey 71-71-142 (-2),T9. Steve Marino 73-70-143 (-1),T28. Kevin O’Connell 74-74-148 (+4),43. Mike Mitchell 77-78-155 (+11).

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