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Sept. 24, 2015

Charlottesville, Va. – The Virginia men’s golf team tees it up for the second time this season when the Cavaliers compete this weekend at the Golf Club of Tennessee for the DICK’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup. The event features 12 of the top teams from the SEC and ACC competing against each other in a stroke and match play format.

Fifty-four holes of stroke play will take place on Friday and Saturday, with match play featuring the SEC vs. ACC occurring on Sunday at the par-71, 7,185-yard Golf Club of Tennessee.

ACC teams joining Virginia will be Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, Louisville and Clemson. SEC teams competing include Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida. Seven of the 12 teams are currently ranked in the Golfweek top-25 poll.

The ACC took the overall title last year. 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. Virginia finished the stroke play portion of the tournament in third place. The Cavaliers finished at 1-over 853. Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) finished stroke play in fourth place at 4-under 209.

Virginia’s lineup will feature Bard along with sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.,) freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.).

UVa opened its season with a fifth-place finish at Northern Illinois’ Northern Intercollegiate. Walker led the team with a sixth-place finish at 2-over 218.

Golfstat will provide live scoring of the tournament on the Internet.

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