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April 20, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s golf team closes out the regular season by hosting the 2004 Andrea Brotto Cavalier Classic. The 11-team tourney tees off with 36 holes on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m. Play continues with 18 holes on Saturday, April 24 at 8 a.m. All rounds will be played at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, Va.

Admission to the event is FREE.

Named for former Cavalier Andrea Brotto (1996-99), the Cavalier Classic returns to Birdwood Golf Course after a two-year absence. Host Virginia has won its own classic four times in the 16-year history of the event. During the last tourney in 2001, East Tennessee State captured its second team title with a 582 (+6). Florida State’s Mark Donaldson took home medalist honors with a three-under 141.

“One of the measuring sticks of any tournament is its list of past champions,” Virginia head coach Mike Moraghan said, “and we’ve had both great teams and individuals who’ve won this event.”

The collegiate teams scheduled to compete are: Furman, George Washington, James Madison, Liberty, Maryland, North Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Richmond, Texas-Pan American, and Virginia.

Joining the 10 collegiate teams is the Italian National Team. An Italy native, Brotto played for the Italian National Team, representing the country at the 1996 World Amateur Championship held in the Philippines. His father, Mario Brotto, will serve as acting coach for the squad during the classic.

A native of Carimate, Italy, Andrea Brotto was one of UVa’s most popular and most outstanding players. An Academic All-American, he graduated from UVa in 1999 with a degree in systems engineering. The four-year letterwinner was named to the Dean’s List every semester at UVa and was a four-time ACC Honor Roll honoree. In his final season, Brotto served as team captain. After working as a business analyst for two years, he returned to Charlottesville in August 2001 to begin the MBA program at UVa’s Darden School. Brotto had just completed his first semester at Darden when he died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Dec. 14, 2001. He is survived by his wife Jamie and daughter Giorgia.

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