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Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia men’s golf team opens the spring portion of its schedule Monday at the 13th annual USC-Aiken Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C. The Cavaliers will be one of 16 teams competing in the two-day 54-hole event to be played at the par 70, 6,565-yard Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. The field will play 36 holes on Monday, March 8 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, then play 18 holes on Tuesday.

The teams will compete at the Palmetto Golf Club, which was founded in 1892 and is recognized as the fourth oldest golf course in the United States.

In addition to the host Pacers, the field includes: Akron, Clemson, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Elon, Francis Marion, Furman, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Mercer, Presbyterian, UNC Wilmington, Winthrop and Wofford. USC Aiken won the event in 2009 and has finished first in four of the last five tournaments.

Virginia’s lineup will feature Will Collins, Kyle Stough, Ben Kohles, Amory Davis and Steven Rojas. Kohles leads the team with a 70.80 stroke average after playing in all five fall events. Davis is second at 71.80. Both players took medalist honors at tournaments earlier this year. Kohles finished first at the Maryland Intercollegiate to start the season and Davis was first at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate to wrap up the fall.

The Cavaliers enter the spring coming off a strong performance last fall. Virginia was second in two tournaments, third twice and finished fourth once. All five events had fields of at least 14 teams. In the latest golf rankings, UVa is rated No. 19 by Golfweek, No. 20 by Golfstat and No. 21 in the coaches’ poll.

There is no live scoring of this event. Scores will be posted on when each round is completed.

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