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Charlottesville, VA – The 26th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team travels to Stateboro, Ga., this week to play in the 33rd annual Schenkel Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be held March 16-18 at the par-72, 6,962-yard Forest Heights Country Club.

The field for this year’s tournament features host Georgia Southern, UAB, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Notre Dame, NC State, North Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

The Virginia lineup will include Ji Soo Park, Bruce Woodall, Ben Rusch, Denny McCarthy and Ben Kohles. Mac McLaughlin will compete as a non-scoring individual. The Cavaliers will tee off starting at 9 a.m. Friday from the No. 1 tee. They will be paired with South Carolina and Notre Dame.

Kohles, who has a victory and runner-up finish in his last two outings, leads the team with a 71.59 stroke average. McCarthy is second at 72.22. Kohles is ranked No. 31 in the latest Golfweek standings while McCarthy is No. 66.

The Schenkel Invitational is named after Hall-of-Fame sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel. Schenkel, who was the first to cover The Masters on television, the first to anchor a live telecast of the Olympics and to call a nationally broadcast college football game, helped lend his name to a tournament that has grown into one of the premier collegiate golf tournaments in the nation.

Last year Virginia finished third in the 15-team field with a score of 858. Florida and Auburn shared the team title at 848. Ben Kohles and Amory Davis both posted top-10 finishes at the tournament. Kohles was fifth at 5-under 211 and Davis was seventh at 212.

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