Cavalier Golfers Set to Open Play at ACC Championships
Charlottesville, VA – The 21st-ranked Virginia men’s golf team will play in the 57th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championships April 23-25 at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. This marks the ninth consecutive year the tournament has been contested at the Old North State Club. The 54-hole event will start at 8:30 a.m. each morning.
Virginia is paired with Maryland during Friday’s opening round. Those teams are set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. Virginia’s lineup includes Ben Kohles, Will Collins, Amory Davis, Mac McLaughlin and Kyle Stough. Kohles leads the Cavaliers with a 71.15 stroke average while Collins is second at 72.74, Davis is third at 73.07 and Stough is fourth at 73.22. This will be McLaughlin’s first spring tournament as a scoring member of the team.
Last year the Cavaliers placed ninth overall at the ACC Championships with a team score of 869, but were just four strokes out of fourth place. Georgia Tech won the team title with a score of 846, three shots better than runner-up Clemson. NC State’s Matt Hill (the 2009 NCAA individual champion) tied Clemson’s David May for first at 10-under 206.
Stough was UVa’s top finisher in 20th place at 2-over 218.
A total of eight conference teams enter this weekend’s championship ranked in the top-50 of the latest Golfstat standings. Florida State tops that list in ninth place while Clemson is 15th, Georgia Tech is ranked 17th, Duke is No. 22, Wake Forest is No. 32, NC State is No. 34 and North Carolina is No. 42.
Wake Forest has won the tournament 18 times, the most of any ACC school. Virginia has never won the event but was the runner-up in 1958 and 1996. Pete Arend became the only Cavalier to win the individual title at the 1955 championship.
Live scoring of the tournament will be on Golfstat.com.
ACC Select will broadcast a free webcast of the championship with coverage starting at 2 p.m. during Saturday and Sunday’s rounds.