April 16, 1997
Cavaliers Search for First Team Championship
Virginia in the ACC Tournament: The Cavaliers will look for their first ever team championship at the 43rd Annual ACC Tournament this weekend. Virginia finished second in last year's tournament, nine strokes behind North Carolina. That was the Cavaliers' best ACC finish since the 1958 squad tied for second.
Under head coach Mike Moraghan the Cavaliers have finished second once (1996), third twice (1992, '95), fourth once (1993), fifth once (1990), six once (1991) and seventh once (1994).
Virginia against the ACC Field: The Cavaliers have played in 10 tournaments in the fall and spring season and have faced at least two other ACC schools in every tournament but one.
Virginia is best against Florida State (4-0) and Maryland (2-0). The Cavaliers also have winning records against Georgia Tech (5-2) and N.C. State (4-2). They haven't fared as well against Clemson (0-4), Duke (1-2), North Carolina (1-4-1) or Wake Forest (2-3).
Head Coach Mike Moraghan: Mike Moraghan is in his eighth season as head coach at Virginia. He has built the Cavaliers into one of the nation's top programs, with UVa consistently ranked in the top 20. Moraghan was named the ACC Co-Coach of the Year in 1992. Virginia has captured 17 tournaments and qualified for the NCAA Championships six of the last seven years under Moraghan's guidance.
Cavaliers Turn in Best ACC Performance in 38 Years Last Season: Virginia finished second last year's ACC Tournament, tying the best finish by the Cavaliers in the event. UVa tied for second place at the 1958 tournament.
Virginia's three-round total of 869 (292-290-287) was nine strokes behind champion North Carolina (290-284-286=860) and one stroke ahead of Clemson (297-292-281).
The Cavaliers found themselves tied for fourth after the first round, but slowly chipped away at the competition. They passed Duke and Maryland for third following a 290 in the second round, and overtook Florida State in the race for second place with a 287 on the final day.
Lewis Chitengwa was the low Cavalier, finishing tied for third with a 2-under par 214, with rounds of 73-70-71. Andrea Brotto tied for 14th with a 2-over par 218 (72-76-70). Cole Kelly and Max Rehm tied for 37th for the Cavaliers at 229.
Almost Home: Senior captain Cole Kelly returns to his home state for the 1997 ACC Tournament. The Athens, Ga., native has been a four-year starter for the Cavaliers and is competing this season as a graduate student. He received his undergraduate degree in religious studies in May 1996.
Kelly is fifth on the team this spring with a 77.12 stroke average. His best performance this spring was a tie for 22nd at the Seminole Classic where he fired rounds of 72-74-77=223. He tied for 37th at last year's ACC Tournament, and tied for 38th at the 1995 event.
Chitengwa Posts Two Top-10 ACC Finishes: Junior Lewis Chitengwa finished in a tie for third in last year's ACC Tournament, after finishing tied for fourth in 1995. He joins Clemson's Richard Coughlan as the only current ACC players to finish in the top 10 the last two years.
Chitengwa has also been Virginia's low man the last two years and is the first Cavalier to be the low man in consecutive ACC Tournaments since Dickie Linkous in 1980-81.
Freshman Driscoll Lives Up to Billing: James Driscoll came to Virginia this fall as one of the nation's top recruits. And so far he has met expectations. His 70.66 fall average is the lowest fall average in school history. He had three consecutive top-10 finishes in the fall and has added another one this spring (at Carpet Capital). Driscoll has a 74.53 stroke average this spring.
Julie Finishes Third at Golf Digest: Junior Jeremy Julie shook off several tough performances this spring and turned in the best performance of his career by finishing tied for third at the Golf Digest Invitational at TPC Woodlands on March 14-16. Julie led the Cavaliers with an even-par 144 as Virginia finished eighth overall. Julie is fourth on the team with a 76.71 average. He tied for 24th at the 1995 ACC Tournament.
Brotto Returns to Line-Up: Sophomore Andrea Brotto returns to the Cavalier line-up after not playing in UVa's most recent tournament last weekend. He began the spring with three consecutive top-20 finishes, but has struggled in his last two events. After compiling a 72.45 average in the fall, he has a 75.50 average in the spring. He finished tied for 14th with a 4-over par 218 at last year's ACC championship.
Since the first ACC Tournament was held in 1954, Virginia has had one individual champion and three runners-up. The Cavaliers finished second in 1996, their best finish since 1958. Lewis Chitengwa finished tied for third in last year's tournament, the first Cavalier in 15 years to post back-to-back low-man finishes. This year's tournament will be held April 18-20 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, Ga.
Here are Virginia's annual results:
Team Low UVa
Yr Fin Individ. Fin. Score
1954 7th Pete Arend T2 72
1955 3rd Pete Arend 1 71-71-142
1956 8th Jack Rinehart T36 78-81-159
1957 3rd Jordan Ball T7 70-77-147
1958 T2 Glenn Mitchell T2 72-71-143
1959 6th Algie Pulley T28 76-75-151
1960 8th Jeff Kirby T19 77-80-157
1961 5th Jeff Kirby T12 78-72-150
John Putnam 73-77-150
1962 6th Clark MacKenzie T4 73-74-146
1963 4th Clark MacKenzie T4 77-73-150
1964 6th Mickey Callahan T15 76-76-152
1965 7th John Yoder T18 79-75-154
1966 7th Don Baker T20 84-79-163
1967 8th Doug Rogers T41 86-82-168
1968 6th Paul Samanchik 3 77-69-146
1969 8th Ben Greenberg T15 77-77-154
1970 7th Paul Samanchik T7 74-69-143
1971 7th Brit Stenson 29 74-69-89-78-310
1972 5th Mike Mozur T12 79-76-78-233
1973 7th Mike Mozur T18 76-70-82-228
1974 7th Chris Stanwich T16 85-81-73-239
1975 7th David Partridge T24 74-78-81-233
1976 7th Ed Offterdinger T23 79-77-72-228
1977 7th Clem King T22 79-74-72-225
1978 7th Scott Stahr 34 78-80-74-232
1979 7th Kevin Moylan T6 73-71-78-222
1980 5th Dickie Linkous T13 74-71-76-221
1981 6th Dickie Linkous T17 79-76-73-228
1982 6th Brett Lucas T11 73-74-74-221
1983 4th Jon Saxon T9 72-72-75-219
1984 8th Brett Lucas T14 73-78-78-229
1985 8th Tim Ford T30 75-75-74-224
1986 8th Jud Kotas T30 75-75-81-231
Chris Warring 77-79-75-231
1987 5th Jeff Putman T3 75-70-70-215
1988 4th Curt Coulter 2 72-75-70-217
1989 7th Tim Dunlavey T8 75-74-71-220
1990 T5 Fred Widicus T3 72-76-64-212
1991 6th Dan Ladd T6 68-74-142
1992 3rd Tom Iredell T3 70-67-73-210
Dean Smith 73-66-71-210
1993 T4 Jimmy Flippen T12 73-72-74-219
1994 7th Simon Cooke 3 70-73-70-213
1995 3rd L. Chitengwa T4 72-68-72-212
1996 2nd L. Chitengwa T3 73-70-71-214