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Nov. 21, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s golf team has received two National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Bowen Sargent announced on Monday.

Kyle Stough (Laurel, Md.) and Preston Yates (Winston-Salem, N.C.) will play golf for the Cavaliers next season.

“We are very proud to announce the signing of these two young men,” Sargent said. “Preston and Kyle come to UVa with impressive résumés both academically and athletically. More importantly, both come from great families and are willing to work diligently to achieve their individual goals as well as our team goals.”

Stough was named to Hewlett Packard’s Scholastic Junior All-American team by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). He was selected after placing in the Top 10 at the MindMatters Junior Championship and the CorseMax⁄Philadelphia Runner Junior tournament, as well as his grade-point average (4.15), class rank, SAT score, leadership skills, community service and writing ability. The first-team All-Met honoree from DeMatha Catholic High School tied for second at the Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship in June. Stough chose UVa over North Carolina and Maryland.

“Not only is UVa one of the best academic institutions in the country, but the support of Coach Sargent, Coach Howell, and the entire athletic department for the golf team is unrivaled,” Stough said. “Therefore, UVa was the obvious choice.”

Yates is an AJGA All-American. In July, he won the AJGA Richmond Junior Championship with a 10-under 206. Yates tied for 12th at the Southern Junior Amateur Championship and tied for 13th at th Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic. Preston will graduate from Forsyth Country Day School in June. Yates selected UVa over Wake Forest.

“I am excited about playing in the ACC. It has been a dream of mine,” Yates said. “Virginia has a great coaching staff and a great mix of academics and athletics.”

Virginia has completed its fall schedule and will resume action on March 5-7 at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

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