Virginia Takes Fourth at Cavalier Classic
April 24, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It’s quite fitting that the first year the Cavalier Classic is played in honor of former Cavalier golfer Andrea Brotto, the winner not only shares the same home country, but also the same first name. The Italian National Team’s Andrea Signor captured the individual title after a one-hole playoff with North Carolina’s Dustin Bray at the 17th Andrea Brotto Cavalier Classic on Saturday at Birdwood Golf Course.
After 54 holes, Signor and Bray were locked at three-under 213. Signor then two-putted from eight feet to take home medalist honors on the first hole of sudden death.
UNC Wilmington came back from four shots down to claim the team title by one stroke over Furman. UNCW finished with a 293 (+5) in the final round and a total of 870 (+6), while Furman’s 298 (+10) left the Paladins at 871 (+7). North Carolina finished in third at 876 (+12). The host Virginia Cavaliers shot a 295 (+7) in the final round to move into fourth place at 883 (+19).
“It was an exciting finish. We were just really honored to be here,” said Jason Widener, UNC Wilmington head coach. “It was a fantastic event. It’s such a beautiful place and a wonderful golf course. It was in tremendous condition. It was good competition, and we’re just really honored to win.”
“It was really an unbelievable finish with two teams one stroke apart- Furman and UNC Wilmington; two very strong programs,” said Mike Moraghan, Virginia head coach. “North Carolina struggled a little the last day. It was great for a tournament to have teams that close in college golf; one stroke apart was great. To have two players like (UNC’s) Dustin Bray and (Italy’s) Andrea Signor tied, Dustin Bray, as I said before the tournament started, was probably the top player in the field. Andrea Signor, representing Italy, was pretty amazing with it coming down to a tie. How could you write a better finish than to have Andrea Signor from Italy win the Andrea Brotto tournament. It was a great event.”
After Signor and Bray, Furman’s T.J. Blandford finished in third at 214 (-2). Three players tied for fourth with an even 216.
North Carolina’s Kevin Silva fired his first career hole-in-one on the par four, 205-yard eighth hole.
“It was just a five-iron,” Silva said. “I just hit it perfectly; it was going right at the hole the whole time. I saw it go in. It was awesome.”
Cavalier sophomore Brad Tilley (Chappaqua, N.Y.) shot a one-under 71 in the final round, moving him into a tie for eighth at 218 (+2). Freshman Daniel McGurk (Woodlands, Texas) and sophomore Eamonn McLoughlin (Amityville, N.Y.) tied for 16th at 221 (+5). Junior Kevin O’Connell (Potomac, Md.) finished in a tie for 22nd at 224 (+8). Senior Jeremy Luce (Austin, Texas) was disqualified in the final round.
“We really had it going. We were four-under par at one time, and I felt like we could make a run even though we were pretty far back,” Moraghan said of his UVa squad. “Brad Tilley was four-under through eight holes, and Eamonn McLoughlin was one-under. We were starting to take it deep and then struggled on the back nine.”
Five Cavaliers played in the tournament as individuals. Sophomore John Fizer (Trenton, NJ) tied for 31st at 229 (+13). Sophomore Craig Cook-Stevenson (Sutton-Coldfield, Eng.) tied for 40th at 231 (+15). Freshman Mark Perry (Atlanta, Ga.) shot 232 (+16) to take 42nd. Freshman William Byrd tied for 54th at 240 (+24). Junior Michael Standiford (Fairfax Station, Va.) finished 57th at 245 (+29).
Virginia now awaits an at-large invitation to the NCAA Regionals on May 20-22.
ANDREA BROTTO CAVALIER CLASSIC
Birdwood Golf Course
6,875 yards, Par 72
1. UNC-Wilmington 287-290-293-870 (+6)2. Furman 288-285-298-871 (+7)3. North Carolina 284-294-298-876 (+12)4. VIRGINIA 288-300-295-883 (+19)5. Italian National Team 290-289-306-885 (+21)6. Liberty 292-302-306-900 (+36)7. James Madison 304-293-306-903 (+39)8. Maryland 291-302-311-904 (+40)9. George Washington 305-293-307-905 (+41)10. Richmond 303-302-316-921 (+57)11. Texas Pan American 310-318-321-949 (+85)
TOP INDIVIDUALS1. Andrea Signor, Italy** 68-71-74-213 (-3)2. Dustin Bray, UNC 70-70-73-213 (-3)3. T.J. Blandford, Furman 72-67-75-214 (-2)t4. Three Players 216 (E)
VIRGINIA PLAYERSt8. Brad Tilley 70-77-71-218 (+2)t16. Eamonn McLoughlin 74-73-74-221 (+5)t16. Daniel McGurk 74-71-76-221 (+5)t22. Kevin O’Connell 71-79-74-224 (+8)t31. John Fizer * 73-77-79-229 (+13)t40. Craig Cook-Stevenson * 76-76-79-231 (+15)42. Mark Perry * 75-78-79-232 (+16)t54. William Byrd * 79-82-79-240 (+24)57. Michael Standiford * 79-80-86-245 (+29)DQ Jeremy Luce 73-80-DQ
* played as an individual** playoff winner