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Virginia’s NCAA Championship History

The legacy of Virginia golf in the annals of NCAA Championship history is nearly as old as the event itself. The NCAA began tournament play in 1939, and the University of Virginia’s Dixon Brooke was crowned as its national champion the next year.

Brooke, a junior from Birmingham, Ala., was not even the number-one golfer on the Cavalier squad when he headed for the Ekwanok course in Manchester, Vt. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old overcame more experienced competitors in battling from five strokes back, taking the 36-hole match by one stroke over Harry Haverstick of Swarthmore. Brooke’s dramatic comeback caused The New York Times to report: “Seldom has there been a greater demonstration of courage than the Virginia junior gave today.”

Led by Brooke, the Virginia squad tied for 15th place in the 1940 team competition. In 1946, Virginia posted its best NCAA result, finishing 11th in an 18-team field.

Dixon Brooke’s legacy lives on in an endowed scholarship established by his family. In addition, the Dixon Brooke Award is given annually to the Cavalier golfer who best demonstrates leadership, cooperative spirit andunselfish service.

Since the 1990s, the Virginia golf program has again risen to national prominence. The Cavaliers have reached the NCAA East Regional Championship in 15 of the last 21 years. Virginia has advanced to the NCAA Championships six times during that tenure, including the last three seasons.

In 1996, Lewis Chitengwa turned in Virginia’s best NCAA Championship performance since Brooke’s historic victory in 1940. Competing as an individual, Chitengwa finished seventh with a 293 in a talented field. His 68 in the third round was the day’s low round and missed the course record by only one stroke.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010 the Cavaliers made three consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history. In 2010 the Cavaliers finished 11th overall, the best team showing in the program’s history.

Virginia set several school records during the 2010 NCAA Champions where the Cavaliers finished 11th to equal the best showing in school history. Henry Smart tied The Honors Course record with a remarkable 6-under 66 during the final round to set a UVa single-round NCAA scoring records. The team shot 8-under 280 during the second round, the best single-round team score at the NCAAs.

NCAA Championship Bests

Individual

Lowest Round (18 Holes)

66 (-6), Henry Smart (2nd round)

The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.

June 2, 2010

Lowest 72-Hole Total

278, James Driscoll

68-71-71-68 (-10)

Grand National GC, Auburn, Ala.

May 31-June 3, 2000

Team

Lowest Round (18 Holes)

280 (-8), Second round

Grand National GC, Auburn, Ala.

May 31-June 3, 2000

(Collins 70, Stough 69, Kohles 75, Smart 66, Davis 79)

NCAA Regional Bests

Individual

Lowest Round (18 Holes)

67 (-5), Cameron Yancey (3rd Rd.), at East Regional, Golden Horseshoe GC, Williamsburg, Va., May 19, 2001 & (-4)

Will Collins (3rd. Rd.), at East Regional, Council Fire GC, Chattanooga, Tenn., May 17, 2008

Lowest 54-Hole Total

209, Henry Smart, 73-68-68 (-1), 16, at East Regional, The Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn., May 22, 2010
Brad Tilley, 70-71-68 (-4), T16, at East Regional, GC of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 2005
Steven Rojas, 72-68-69 (-4), 17, at East Regional, Council Fire GC, Chattanooga, Tenn., May 17, 2008

Team

Lowest Round (18 Holes)

276 (-8), Third round

at NCAA East Regional
Council Fire GC, Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 17, 2008

(Collins 67, Rojas 69, Stough 69, Carlin 71)

Lowest 54-Hole Total

843, 282-283-278 (+3), 5th

at The Course at Yale
New Haven, Conn.
May 20-22, 2010

(Smart 209, Collins 211, Stough 211, Davis 212,

Kohles 218)

Quick Section Guide

• NCAA Championship Bests
• NCAA Regional Bests
• NCAA Championship Team Results
• NCAA Regional Team Results
• NCAA Championships Indiv. Results

NCAA Championship Results

Team Low
Year Finish Team Score Individual Finish Score

1939 Results not available
1940 T15th of 21
1941 13th of 19
1946 11th of 18
1947 T31st of 39
1952 23rd of 24
1958 19th of 34
1988 26th of 32 303-311-614 (+38) Curt Coulter 62 75-76-151 (+7)
1992 T16th of 30 293-293-586 (+10) Dean Smith T52 73-73-146 (+2)
1997 T23rd of 30 299-295-594 (+26) Lewis Chitengwa T36 73-71-73-73-292 (+6)
2000 T25th of 30 299-290-589 (+13) James Driscoll 9 68-71-71-68-278 (-10)
2008 26th of 30 312-307-312-931 (+67) Will Collins 39 78-78-71-227 (+11)
2009 27th of 30 306-297-301 (+52) Will Collins 96 77-76-73-226 (+13)
2010 11th of 30 300-280-289-869 (+5) Will Collins 25 74-70-71-215 (-1)

NCAA Regional Results
Team Low
Year Finish Team Score Individual Finish Score

1990 15th of 23 302-285-295-882 (+18) Tim Dunlavey T9 70-68-75-213 (-3)
1991 13th of 23 298-296-299-893 (+29) Tom Iredell T29 75-70-76-221 (+5)
1992 T10th of 22 293-295-308-896 (+32) Jimmy Flippen T20 72-70-79-221 (+5)
1993 12th of 22 293-301-287-881 (+17) Tripp Shreves T27 74-75-69-218 (+2)
1995 13th of 21 298-291-300-889 (+49) Jimmy Flippen T8 71-75-70-216 (+6)
1996 12th of 23 314-300-297-911 (+47) Lewis Chitengwa T6 75-74-72-221 ( +5)
1997 8th of 23 292-304-293-889 (+49) James Driscoll T11 73-74-71-218 (+8)
1998 13th of 23 299-289-290-878 (+14) James Driscoll T11 71-68-72-211 (-5)
2000 T9th of 27 293-309-293-895 (+43) James Driscoll 2 69-72-72-213 (E)
2002 T18th of 27 312-304-306-922 (+58) Justin Goodhue T18 71-76-74-221 (+5)
2005 12th of 27 290-284-279-853 (+1) Brad Tilley T16 70-71-68-209 (-4)
2008 10th of 27 286-287-276-849 (-15) Steven Rojas 17 72-68-69-209 (-7)
2009 4th of 14 298-291-300-889 (+25) Ben Kohles 11 74-71-76-221 (+5)
2010 5th of 14 282-283-278-843 (+3) Henry Smart 16 73-68-68-209 (-1)
2011 8th of 13 305-297-298-900 (+36) Will Collins 14 77-71-72-220 (+4)

NCAA Championship Individual Results

Year Top Individual Place Scores
1940 Dixon Brooke 1
1941 Dixon Brooke T18
1958 William Metzger *
1959 Jordan Ball T73
1962 Clark MacKenzie T112
1964 Jonathan Verity *
1988 Curt Coulter 62 75-76-151 (+7)
1990 Tim Dunlavey 33 71-74-78-70-293 (+5)
1992 Dean Smith T52 73-73-146 (+2)
1995 Jimmy Flippen T80 79-73-152 (+8)
1996 Lewis Chitengwa 7 77-72-68-76-293 (+5)
1997 Lewis Chitengwa T36 73-71-73-73-292 (+6)
1998 James Driscoll T67 75-69-144 (E)
2000 James Driscoll 9 68-71-71-68-278 (-10)
2008 Will Collins 39 78-78-71-227 (+11)
2009 Will Collins 96 77-76-73-226 (+13)
2010 Will Collins 25 74-70-71-216 (-1)

* Results not available

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