CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 22nd ranked Virginia men’s golf team won its third tournament of the season and successfully defended its Cavalier Classic title at Birdwood Golf Course on Saturday. The Cavaliers shot 2-under 574 to better runner up Coastal Carolina by seven shots. Virginia posted rounds of 7-over 295 and 9-under 279. The Cavaliers and Chanticleers shared the lead after the day’s opening round of play.
Virginia freshman Ben Rusch, who played for the Virginia B team, won medalist honors by shooting 9-under 135. Rusch had rounds of 2-under 70 and 7-under 65. His second round score and 36-hole total were Cavalier Classic records for Birdwood Golf Course. His 65 equaled Ben Kohles for the low round of the season.
Virginia’s victory marked the eighth time in the 24-year history of the tournament the Cavaliers have claimed the team title. UVa finished first last year and also won back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. The Cavaliers also finished first in 1997, 1995, 1990 and 1988.
Will Collins led the Virginia A team by tying for second with Coastal Carolina’s Tripp McAllister at 4-under 140. Bruce Woodall was sixth overall at 1-under 143, including a second round score of 6-under 66. That was the lowest round of his UVa career. Woodall carded a hole-in-one for the second consecutive tournament after recording the first of his golf career last weekend at the ACC Championships.
Ben Kohles was eighth at 1-over 145 while Henry Smart was 13th at 148. Mac McLaughlin rounded out the A team’s scoring by finishing 28th at 155.
Rusch’s score helped the Virginia B team to a fourth-place finish. Cole Willcox was 10th overall at 147, Amory Davis was 39th at 158 and Cory Siegfried was 45th at 160.
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