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Sept. 21, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. – In the final day of competition at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Challenge Cup, the Cavaliers loss to South Carolina 3-2 in their head-to-head match play, but still helped the ACC take the overall crown.

The six ACC schools combined to score 16.5 points in the match play format to defeat their rivals from the SEC, who managed 13.5 points. NC State, which finished ninth in the stroke play portion of the tournament, keyed the ACC’s win by defeating Texas A&M 4-1. The other four ACC schools competing were Louisville, Georgia Tech, Duke and Clemson.

With the victory, it’s the ACC’s first time winning Top Conference honors at the Collegiate Challenge Cup. The SEC won in 2013, 17-8.

Virginia’s wins came from senior Denny McCarthy and freshman Austen Truslow. McCarthy defeated South Carolina’s Will Murphy 1-up. Truslow downed the Gamecocks’ Ben Dietrich 3&2.

UVa’s Derek Bard and Jimmy Stanger lost 3&2 and Ji Soo Park fell 4&3 in their match play action.

The Cavaliers return to competition Sept. 29 for the Primland Challenge in Meadows of Dan, Va.

Final Match Play Scores
Georgia (SEC) def. Louisville (ACC) 3-2
South Carolina (SEC) def. Virginia (ACC) 3-2
Vanderbilt (SEC) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) 2-2-1
Missouri (SEC) vs. Duke (ACC) 2-2-1
North Carolina State (ACC) def. Texas A&M (SEC) 4-1
Clemson (ACC) def. Mississippi (SEC) 3-1-1

Total: ACC 16.5 – SEC 13.5

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