Virginia Stands Second at Cavalier Classic
April 23, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – NC State leads the field of 12 teams after the first day of action at the 18th Cavalier Classic on Saturday at UVa’s Birdwood Golf Course.
Mother Nature cooperated for first round play, giving the golfers partly sunny skies and a soggy course after late-night thunderstorms. Clouds, cold, and wind moved in for the afternoon’s second round, making playing conditions more difficult.
The Wolfpack, a late addition to the tourney field, carded a 690 (+14), while host Virginia follows by one stroke with a 591 (+15). William & Mary is third with a 592 (+16). The Cavalier Blue squad is sixth with a 613 (+37).
“Obviously the scores show that we played much better in the morning,” head coach Bowen Sargent said. “The conditions definitely got colder and the wind shifted. For whatever reason, we just didn’t adjust well to it.”
NC State’s Taylor Crosby leads the field of 62 competitors with an even 144. Teammate Jerry Richardson and W&M’s Matt Brantingham are tied for second with a 145 (+1) each. Furman’s Rob Langley is fourth with a 146 (+2).
Junior Carter Henderson (Nashville, Tenn.) paces UVa with a 147 (+3) to stand fifth. Junior Brad Tilley (Chappaqua, N.Y.), who carded a two-under 70 to pace all players in the first round, follows by a stroke with a 148 (+4) for eighth place. Freshman Greg Carlin (Kensington, Md.) tied for ninth with a 149 (+5), and senior Kevin O’Connell (Potomac, Md.) carded a 159 (+6) to tie for 12th. Sophomore Daniel McGurk (Woodlands, Texas) shot a 156 (+12).
“We’re only one shot back,” Sargent added. “There’s plenty of opportunity to make that up. It’s not that big of a deficit, but I would have liked to have seen us hold our lead.”
For the Virginia Blue squad, sophomore Dan Gabel (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) is tied for fifth with a 147 (+3) after shooting a career-low one-under 71 in the first round. Junior John Fizer (Trenton, N.J.) follows with a 154 (+10) to tie for 23rd, while sophomore Mark Perry (Atlanta, Ga.) shot a 155 (+11). Junior Craig Cook-Stevenson (Sutton-Coldfield, England) follows by two strokes with a 157 (+13). Sophomore William Byrd III (Richmond, Va.) finished with a 165 (+21). Playing as an individual, freshman Lee Yang (Malaysia) shot a 158 (+14).
Final round action of the Cavalier Classic tees off on Sunday, April 24 at 8 a.m. at Birdwood. The Cavaliers’ first tee time is 8:15 a.m.