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April 20, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s golf team hosts the 18th Cavalier Classic at the par 72 and 6,875-yard Birdwood Golf Course this weekend. The first 36 holes of play tee off on Saturday, April 23 at 8 a.m. The field of 12 teams will play the final round of 18 holes on Sunday, April 24 at 8 a.m. Admission is FREE.

Participating Teams (12): Furman, Italian National Team, James Madison, Liberty, Maryland, NC State, UNC Wilmington, Richmond, Texas-Pan American, Virginia, and William & Mary. The host Cavaliers will field two squads- Orange & Blue.

Last Spring: UNC Wilmington captured the 2004 Cavalier Classic title with a 870 (+6), one stroke better than Furman. UVa finished fourth with a 883 (+19). Italy’s Andrea Signor took home medalist honors after a sudden death playoff. He and North Carolina’s Dustin Bray finished with a three-under 213 each. Both UNC Wilmington and Signor will participate this weekend to defend their respective titles.

Tournament History: Virginia has hosted the Cavalier Classic 17 times since 1986, winning the team title four times. ACC rival Georgia Tech ties UVa with the most classic titles with four. In 1994, Cavalier All-American Simon Cooke (1993-96) captured medalist honors with an eight-under 208, besting the previous tournament record at Birdwood by two strokes. Most notable among past individual winners is current PGA star David Duval of Georgia Tech, who claimed medalist honors in 1992 and 1993.

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