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Sept. 27, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – Virginia men’s golfers picked up a pair of wins to help the ACC defeat the SEC in the match play portion of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Challenge Cup at The Golf Club of Tennessee. The six ACC teams outscored their SEC rivals 15.5 to 14.5 to win the team portion of the event for the second consecutive year.

Sunday’s match play competition saw the Cavaliers fall to Vanderbilt 3 to 2 while Duke downed Kentucky and Louisville upended Alabama by 3 to 2 scores. Florida State defeated George 3-1-1, Tennessee beat Clemson 3 to 2 and Florida beat Georgia Tech 2-1-2.

Freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) and senior Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) picked up wins for Virginia.

On Saturday, Vanderbilt and Virginia tied for the stroke play lead and the Commodores claimed the championship by winning a one-hole playoff.

“It was a great week for our team to play against the best teams in the country,” said Virginia coach Bowen Sargent. “To play Vanderbilt, a top-10 team, on their home course to a tie should provide our team a lot of confidence as we play in ACCs, Regionals and NCAAs.”

Virginia continues its fall schedule when it competes at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate Oct. 9-11.

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