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March 22, 2006

Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia men’s golf team goes up against a tough field starting Sunday at the Second Annual Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament takes place Sunday through Tuesday at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C. Virginia will be looking for its fourth straight top-10 finish and is coming off a ninth-place performance at Coastal Carolina’s General Hackler Invitational in mid-March.

This year’s 15-team field for Hooties at Bulls Bay includes 11 teams currently ranked in Golfweek’s top-50. The participants (ranking) include: Alabama (22), Auburn (28), August State (49), Central Florida, Clemson (14), College of Charleston, Florida State (39), Kentucky (18), LSU (48), North Carolina (16), NC State (27), South Carolina (30), Vanderbilt and Wake Forest (34). Clemson, South Carolina and the College of Charleston are the host teams for the event.

Last year Kentucky won the inaugural tournament by defeating August State in a one-hole playoff.

Virginia’s lineup will feature Eamonn McLoughlin in the number one position followed by Conrad Von Borsig, Brad Tilley, Carter Henderson and Daniel Kefale. McLoughlin has led UVa in its last two outings, posting top-10 finishes at the Seminole Intercollegiate (eighth) and the General Hackler Invitational (fourth) at Coastal Carolina.

The tournament is a benefit for the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation. Hootie and the Blowfish is a Grammy Award winning band that first formed when they were freshmen at the University of South Carolina. Their foundation, started in 2000, benefits children in South Carolina through education and supporting music programs.

The tournament format features a collegiate/amateur sponsor’s tournament Saturday morning and a benefit concert by Hootie and the Blowfish that night. Play starts Sunday at 10 a.m. from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees and the same format is used for Monday’s second round. Tuesday’s final round gets underway at 8:30 a.m.

Live scoring of the tournament will be on the Internet at golfstat.com.

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