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Charlottesville, VA Virginia men’s golf coach Bowen Sargent announced today that Mac McLaughlin will join the Cavalier program this fall as a freshman. McLaughlin is one of the top amateur players in the Midwest having won Ohio’s Division II 2007 state championship and finishing as the runner-up last fall.

A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, McLaughlin helped lead Huntington Valley University School to its three straight state titles between 2006-2008. He was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Cleveland Sun Press and Lake County New-Herald’s high school player of the year as a junior and senior. As a junior he was honored as the Huntington Bank Ohio Player of the Year.

He posted a stroke average of 74.5 as a senior and 72.2 as a junior when he claimed medalist honors at seven tournaments and was 11-over-par for his entire season.

In amateur competition last summer he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championships in Pinehurst but failed to advance to the match play rounds. He was third at the U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional qualifier and placed seventh at the AJGA SAP Junior Open. In 2007 he won The Plantations Tour Select Major in Williamsburg, Va.

McLaughlin attended the David Ledbetter Golf Academy from 2002 to 2006.

He will joined next fall by incoming freshman Gregor Orlando of Erie, Pa., who signed a national letter of intent in the fall.

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