April 30, 2006
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Charlottesville, VA - It took seven extra holes of work, but Virginia senior Brad Tilley finally won the Cavalier Classic Sunday at Birdwood Golf Course. The victory was the first in the career of the Cavalier senior from Chappaqua, N.Y. Tilley helped the Virginia Orange Team to a second-place finish behind Maryland.
Tilley and Maryland's Blaine Peffley each made par on their first six playoff holes, alternating between No. 18 and No. 10 on the Birdwood Course. Peffley had the better tee shot on the final hole and appeared in good shape when Tilley's side hill approach shot from the rough rolled into the front of the trap on the 18th hole. Peffley's shot from the fairway went long leaving him with a short wedge onto the green.
Tilley's shot out of the bunker managed to stay on the top half of the green, but spun away from the cup, leaving him a 20-footer for par. Peffley dropped his third shot to within eight feet of the hole. After Tilley made his long par put, Peffley missed his attempt, giving Tilley medalist honors.
NC State's Stephen Lewton, who also tied for first at the end of regulation, did not participate in the playoff. The Wolfpack players left the event after the final round to return to Raleigh to prepare for final exams that being this week.
Tilley, Peffley and Lewton all finished the tournament at even-par 216. Tilley fired a 1-under 71 during his final round. He had chance to secure the win down the stretch, but had bogies on No. 17 and 18.
Tilley's previous best tournament outing was a third-place showing at the 2005 ACC Championships and a third-place effort at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate last fall. The finish marked the sixth time in his career he has placed in the top-10.
Tilley becomes the first UVa golfer to take medalist honors at a tournament since Steve Marino won the Wofford Invitational on April 13, 2002. He is the first UVa player to win the Cavalier Class since Simon Cooke in 1994.
Maryland won the tournament with a 54-hole score of 7-over 871. The Cavalier Orange team turned in the day's best round, shooting 3-over 291, but could not overcome the 12-shot lead the Terps held entering the final 18 holes. UVa's Orange team finished at 15-over 879. James Madison was third at 894, VCU placed fourth at 891 and the Virginia Blue Team moved up to fifth at 901.
In addition to Tilley's first-place finish, Carter Henderson shot 2-over 218 to place sixth overall and second for the UVa Orange Team. Henderson's finish was his best as a collegiate and the third top-10 showing during his Cavalier career.
Eamonn McLoughlin was 11th overall at 221 while Conrad Von Borsig placed 21st at 225 and Andrea Signor shot 230 to come in 30th.
Virginia's Blue Team was led by Daniel McGurk's 11th-place finish. He shot even-par 72 Sunday to finish at 5-over 221. It was his best finish of the season in three tournament appearances. Dan Gabel, playing in his first event of the season, was second for the Blue squad at 6-over 222. Greg Carlin equaled his best collegiate round with a 71 to move up to 28th at 229. Lee Keong Yang finished 35th at 232 and John Fizer was 49th at 241.
Princeton's John Sawin posted the third ace during the tournament. He collected his hole-in-one on the fly on the 205-yard eighth hole.
Birdwood Golf Course
Par 72, 6,875 yards
1. Maryland 295-281-295-871
2. Virginia-Orange 296-292-291-879
3. James Madison 287-305-302-894
4. VCU 297-300-298-895
5. Virginia-Blue 306-299-296-901
6. Belmont 300-304-303-907
7. Boston College 307-294-312-913
8. UNC Greensboro 303-310-303-916
9. Towson 312-301-310-923
10. Princeton 304-317-304-925
1. Brad Tilley, UVa-Orange 72-73-71-216
1. Blaine Peffley, Maryland 73-68-75-216
1. Stephen Lewton*, NC State 73-71-72-216
4. John Eades, Maryland 74-72-71-217
4. Scott Marino, James Madison 70-74-73-217
6. Carter Henderson, UVa-Orange 71-72-75-218
7. Nathan Stamey, UNC Greensboro 76-73-71-220
7. Garry Hill*, NC State 68-76-76-220
7. Matt Schall, Maryland 72-76-72-220
7. Darren Blair, NC State 72-72-76-220
* Competing as an individual
1. Brad Tilley 72-73-71-216
6. Carter Henderson 71-72-75-218
11. Eamonn McLoughlin 75-73-73-221
21. Conrad Von Borsig 78-74-73-225
30. Andrea Signor 78-78-74-230
11. Daniel McGurk 75-74-72-221
13. Dan Gabel 75-72-75-222
28. Greg Carlin 78-80-71-229
35. Lee Keong Yang 78-76-78-232
49. John Fizer 84-77-80-241