Aiken, SC -
Virginia sophomore Ben Kohles (Cary, N.C.) shot 5-under 205 to take medalist honors at the 13th annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C. Tuesday. The victory was Kohles' second this season and helped 19th-ranked Virginia to a fifth-place finish in the 18-team field. It was Virginia's first tournament of the spring.
Kohles, ranked No. 28 in the current Golfweek standings, opened the season by finishing first at the Maryland Intercollegiate. His victory at the Palmetto Golf Course makes him the first Cavalier to win two events in a single season since current PGA Tour member Steve Marino won a fall and spring event during the 2001-02 season.
Kohles becomes the second Cavalier to take first-place honors at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. In 2000 Mike Mitchell shot 6-under 207 to win by one shot.
After tying the Virginia single-round scoring record with a 7-under 63 during Monday's second round, Kohles shot 2-over 72 over the final 18 holes to maintain the three-shot advantage he held entering the day. His final total of 205 was his best tournament score as a collegiate, bettering the 206 he posted at the Maryland Intercollegiate. Liberty's Robert Karlsson, the defending tournament champion, was second at 208.
Kohles' finish was his fifth top-10 showing in six events this year. He has led UVa in scoring in all but one tournament this season and has finished under par in five of his six events.
Despite shooting its highest single-round score during the tournament, 18-over 298, Virginia managed to move up the leaderboard to finish fifth at 871. Chattanooga claimed the team title at 855 while Clemson was second at 862.
Will Collins was UVa's second-best finisher at 11-over 221 to place 30th. Steven Rojas was 42nd at 224, Kyle Stough was 47th at 225 and Amory Davis was 65th at 231.
The Cavaliers return to action March 19-21 at the Chris Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.
Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate
Par-70, 6,565 yards
Palmetto Golf Club
1. Chattanooga 285-277-293-855
2. Clemson 288-283-291-862
3. East Carolina 295-285-289-868
4. Liberty 283-283-303-869
5. Virginia 294-279-298-871
6. Georgia Southern 291-285-296-872
7. Furman 281-288-303-872
8. UNC Wilmington 291-295-292-878
9. USC-Aiken 294-294-294-882
10. Winthrop 300-298-288-886
11. Charleston Southern 298-293-304-895
12. Presbyterian 310-291-298-899
13. Mercer 293-301-307-901
14. Elon 303-197-302-902
15. Wofford 297-307-299-903
16. Akron 301-197-306-904
17. Col. of Charleston 314-296-296-906
18. Francis Marion 313-309-298-920
1. Ben Kohles, Virginia 70-63-72-205
2. Robert Karlsson, Liberty 69-70-69-208
3. Harold Varner, ECU 74-65-70-209
4. Max McKay, Liberty 71-65-74-210
5. Cameron Bell, Winthrop 72-69-70-211
5. McCuen Elmore, Clemson 71-69-71-211
5. Steven Fox, Chattanooga 73-66-72-211
8. Derek Rende, Chattanooga 70-70-72-212
9. Garland Ferrell, Furman 70-70-73-213
9. Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga 69-69-75-213
1. Ben Kohles 70-63-72-205
30. Will Collins 78-70-73-221
42. Steven Rojas 74-76-74-224
47. Kyle Stough 73-73-79-225
65. Amory Davis 77-73-81-231