New London, NC – The No. 22 Virginia men’s golf team shot 1-over 289 Sunday during the final round of the ACC Championships to finish fourth in the 11-team field. The Cavaliers played the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. at even par 864 over the three days of the event. It marked the first time since the 1996 & 1997 seasons UVa posted back-to-back top-four finishes at the league championship. The Cavaliers were the runners up last season.
Georgia Tech cruised to its third straight team title and 13th overall. The Yellow Jackets, who fired a 16-under 272 on Sunday, set a new team record score of 831 (33 under par) to claim a 20-stroke win over the Duke Blue Devils who finished at 13-under par 851. The previous team record was in 2006 when North Carolina and Georgia Tech tied for the championship with a then team record of 833.
Clemson was third at 861, three strokes ahead of the Cavaliers.
Junior Ben Kohles led all UVa golfers with an eighth-place finish. Kohles shot 4-under 68 Sunday to move into the top 10 after starting the final round in 22nd place. Kohles finished at 3-under 213. It marked the 16th top-10 performance during his UVa career and the seventh time this season he has led the team in scoring. Kohles’ showing was his best ever at the ACC Championships. He was 11th last season and 40th as a freshman.
Henry Smart posted his best tournament score of the season, shooting even par 216, to place 16th. Smart carded a 73 during the final round in just the fourth tournament he has competed in this season.
Will Collins was one shot behind Smart, finishing 18th overall at 1-over 217. He shot 74 during the final round as did teammate Bruce Woodall. Woodall was 21st at 2-over 218. Amory Davis placed 50th at 234.
Georgia Tech senior Paul Haley claimed the individual title in dramatic fashion with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish at 10-under 206.
Virginia wraps up its regular season Saturday when it hosts the Cavalier Classic at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville.
Old North State Club
New London, NC
Par-72, 7,102 yards
1. Georgia Tech 281-278-272-831
2. Duke 289-279-283-851
3. Clemson 290-282-289-861
4. Virginia 295-280-289-864
5. Florida State 294-282-290-866
6. NC State 295-287-290-872
7. Virginia Tech 299-293-282-874
8. North Carolina 297-287-295-879
8. Wake Forest 293-288-298-879
10. Maryland 304-300-297-901
11. Boston College 314-317-322-953
1. Paul Hadley, Georgia Tech 68-68-70-206
2. Kyle Scott, Georgia Tech 68-71-68-207
3. J.T. Griffin, Georgia Tech 73-70-66-209
3. Julian Suri, Duke 71-69-69-209
5. Brinson Paolini, Duke 73-69-69-211
6. Drew Kittleson, Florida State 71-71-70-212
6. Corbin Mills, Clemson 70-69-73-212
8. Ben Kohles, Virginia 75-70-68-213
8. James White, Georgia Tech 72-73-68-213
8. Ben Kohles 75-70-68-213
16. Henry Smart 70-73-73-216
18. Will Collins 75-68-74-217
21. Bruce Woodall 75-69-74-218
50. Amory Davis 75-81-78-234