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April 17, 2005

NEW LONDON, N.C. – The Virginia men’s golf team claimed fifth place at the 52nd Annual ACC Championship on Sunday.

Ninth-ranked Duke captured its sixth team title (its first since 1966) after firing a six-under 282 in the final round to finish with a 865 (+1) total. Third-ranked Georgia Tech finished second with a 869 (+5), while NC State was third with a 880 (+16). Defending champion Clemson took fourth with an 883 (+19), one stroke better than UVa. The Cavaliers shot the best round of the tourney with a six-under 282 for a 884 (+20) total, beating out No. 14 Wake Forest which followed by five strokes with a 889 (+25). UVa’s finish is the highest at the tourney since it took fourth in 2001.

“The team shot the low round of the tournament today,” UVa head coach Bowen Sargent said following the competition. “It was a good, solid round. It showed what our players are capable of doing. The play of Carter (Henderson) and Daniel (McGurk) was impressive.”

Duke’s Ryan Blaum was the only player to finish with three rounds under par, taking medalist honors with a 10-under 206 after shooting a five-under 67 in the final round. Georgia Tech’s Chan Song was second with a two-under 214. Virginia junior Brad Tilley (Chappaqua, N.Y.) captured third with an even 216. Tilley is the first Cavalier to record a Top 5 finish at the ACC Championship since Cameron Yancey claimed third in 2001.

“Brad played well,” Sargent added. “He had three really solid rounds in tough conditions. He made a lot of birdies for the week.”

Junior Carter Henderson (Nashville, Tenn.) tied his career-low round of 69 (-3) in the final round to tie for 12th with a 221 (+5). Sophomore Daniel McGurk (Woodlands, Texas) followed by one stroke to tie for 17th after firing a career-best 68 (-4) in the final round. Senior Kevin O’Connell (Potomac, Md.) tied for 22nd with a 225 (+9), while freshman Greg Carlin (Kensington, Md.) rounded out the Cavalier scoring with a 236 (+20).

Virginia returns home to Charlottesville to host the 2005 Cavalier Classic on April 23-24 at Birdwood Golf Course.

2005 ACC Championship
Old North State Club
New London, N.C.
7,102 yards, Par 72
Final Results

1.  No. 9 Duke                 292-291-282-865 (+1)2.  No. 3 Georgia Tech         293-290-286-869 (+5)3.  NC State                   299-293-288-880 (+16)4.  Clemson                    300-293-290-883 (+19)5.  Virginia                   299-303-282-884 (+20)6.  No. 14 Wake Forest         302-303-284-889 (+25)7.  Florida State              297-306-295-898 (+34)8.  North Carolina             314-305-287-906 (+42)9.  Maryland                   302-316-297-915 (+51)10. Virginia Tech              308-315-299-922 (+58)

TOP INDIVIDUALS1. Ryan Blaum, Duke 68-71-67-206 (-10)2. Chan Song, GT 74-72-68-214 (-2)3. Brad Tilley, Virginia 70-74-72-216 (E)

VIRGINIA PLAYERS3. Brad Tilley 70-74-72-216 (E)t13. Carter Henderson 78-74-69-221 (+5)t17. Daniel McGurk 78-76-68-222 (+6)t22. Kevin O’Connell 73-79-73-225 (+9)t44. Greg Carlin 82-80-74-236 (+20)

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