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Feb. 19, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former University of Virginia golfers James Driscoll (1995-98) and Tom McKnight (1973-76) will play in the Canadian Tour’s Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship at the Keswick Club in Charlottesville on May 9-12.

Both Driscoll and McKnight are past runners-up in the U.S. Amateur Championship, have represented the United States in Walker Cup competition, and are now competing professionally. Both have also competed in the Masters, McKnight in 1999 and Driscoll in 2001. Driscoll recently competed on a sponsor’s exemption in the PGA Tour’s ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and is expected to be invited to play in the PGA Tour’s Genuity Championship at Doral.

Joining Driscoll and McKnight in the Chitengwa Memorial will be recent graduates Mike Mitchell (1998-2001) and Cameron Yancey (1998-2001). Mitchell won the 1999 Maryland Open and the 1999 Washington Metropolitan Amateur. Yancey, one of the top amateurs in Virginia in recent years, was an All-ACC performer for the Cavaliers last season. Yancey advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying with a sixth place finish at Pinehurst last fall, but did not advance past the second stage. Mitchell made his professional debut in January in the Panama Open, after winning an open qualifier with a six under par round of 66.

Driscoll, Mitchell, and Yancey all were teammates of Lewis Chitengwa, an All-American golfer and 1998 graduate who died of meningitis last summer while competing on the Canadian Tour. The Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, presented by Aventis Pasteur, will feature a field of 156 professionals vying for a purse of $100,000.

The Virginia men’s golf team kicks off its spring schedule on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Puerto Rico Classic in Palmer, P.R. Hosted by Purdue, the three-day tourney features 15 teams that will play 18 holes each day.

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