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Feb. 12, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former University of Virginia star golfer Steve Marino (Fairfax, Va.) earned his Canadian Tour card on Friday after finishing as the runner-up at the Canadian Tour’s Winter Qualifying School held at Champions Gate.

A 2002 graduate, Marino shot 77-69-69-67-74-356, following Anders Hultman’s medalist performance of 346. Eighteen golfers earned their exempt card and full privileges for the 2003 Tour, while 16 golfers earned non-exempt cards.

Marino was named to the 2002 Virginia State Golf Association All-State First Team. The team captain started every tournament during his Cavalier career. Ranked No. 29 nationally by Golfweek, Marino captured medalist honors for the second time in his career at the Wofford Invitational. He birdied the final hole to give UVa the team title while shooting a nine-under 207, including a career-low 65 in the round. Marino was the top UVa finisher at the 2002 ACC Championship, placing eighth overall with a six-under 210. The All-ACC honoree was also named team MVP at UVa’s 2002 All-Sports Banquet.

In the fall of 2001, Marino finished second at the Mason Rudolph after firing a spectacular 68-67-65-200 (-10) to set the school record for 54 holes. He shot a career-low 65 in the final round.

Marino concluded his collegiate career with an appearance at the 2002 NCAA East Regional.

Marino is the second Virginia golfer to move into the professional circuit this year. Cameron Yancey (2001) earned his PGA card in December. He made his professional debut at last week’s Pebble Beach Classic.

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