EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – The No. 11 Virginia men’s golf team picked up its second win of the fall, rolling to the championship at the Hamptons Intercollegiate at Maidstone Club in East Hampton, N.Y. The win marked the second consecutive year UVA has won the event and had a player capture medalist honors.
The Cavaliers shot 3-over 868 during the 54-hole event to post a 35-shot advantage over runner-up Yale (903). That is the largest margin of victory in a tournament in program history, topping the 31-shot difference the Hoos posted versus runner-up Virginia Tech at the 1993 ECU Emerald Intercollegiate.
Leading the way for Virginia was freshman Ben James, who won his second tournament in three outings. James shot 5-under 211, including a final-round of 3-under 69, to finish nine shots ahead of a trio of players in second place. That matches the largest margin of victory for an individual medalist in UVA history. Jimmy Flippen posted a nine-shot win in 1991 at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.
Playing in windy conditions that created a gale warning in the region due to the remnants of Hurricane Ian off of the coast near Long Island, James managed four birdies and one bogey during his final round of play to shoot 3-under 69. He has shot under-par in eight of his nine collegiate rounds.
James becomes the first UVA player to win two tournaments in the same season since Jimmy Stanger in 2016-17. That year, Stanger was first at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in the fall and went on to win the ACC individual crown in the spring.
James was one of five Cavaliers to post top-10 finishes at the tournament. Deven Patel tied for second at 4-over 220, Pietro Bovari finished fifth at 221 and George Duangmanee and Chris Fosdick tied for seventh at 224. Fosdick was the medalist at the event in 2021. Patel’s finish was the best showing as a Cavalier.
Liam Powderly, competing as an individual, was 24th at 234.
The win marked the second consecutive season UVA has managed two tournament victories and was the 24th in head coach Bowen Sargent’s career at Virginia.
UVA returns to action Oct. 21 for the three-day Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga. to wrap up its fall schedule.
East Hampton, N.Y.
Par 72, 6,676 yards
1. Virginia 285-292-291-868
2. Yale 289-301-313-903
3. Kentucky 303-301-300-904
4. Ohio State 309-301-304-914
5. Oregon State 313-295-308-916
6. Utah 310-294-314-918
8. Princeton 313-311-319-943
7. Georgetown 315-316-324-955
9. Loyola (Md.) 321-327-308-956
10. Penn 310-314-338-962
1. Ben James, Virginia 71-71-69-211
2. Deven Patel, Virginia 72-74-74-220
2. Garrett Wood, Kentucky 76-71-73-220
2. Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State 72-75-73-220
1. Ben James 71-71-69-211
2. Deven Patel 72-74-74-220
5. Pietro Bovari 68-75-78-221
7. George Duangmanee 74-77-73-224
7. Chris Fosdick 77-72-75-224
24. Liam Powderly* 77-79-78-234
* Competing as an individual