Aug. 7, 2002
GREENSBORO, N.C. -
Three Cavaliers were named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Men's Golf Team, Commissioner John Swofford announced on Wednesday. The 51-member team was voted on by the nine league institutions as decided by the league s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Representing Virginia were Lewis Chitengwa (1995-98), Simon Cooke (1993-96), and James Driscoll (1997-00).
Chitengwa, a native of Harere, Zimbabwe, earned All-America honors twice. During his career, he won two collegiate tournaments. Chitengwa recorded the best finish by a UVa golfer in over 50 years when he finished seventh in the individual competition at the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Named the ACC Rookie of the Year while earning All-ACC honors in 1995, he tied for third at the 1996 ACC Tournament and tied for fourth at the 1995 ACC Tournament. Following his collegiate career, Chitengwa turned professional in 1998, competing on the Tear Drop Tour, the Buy.com Tour, and the Canadian Tour. While participating in the 2001 Edmonton Open, Chitengwa became ill and died suddenly. The Canadian Tour sponsored the inaugural Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Tournament in Charlottesville in May 2002.
Cooke, a native of Richmond, Va., earned All-America honors three times. At UVa, he won five collegiate tournaments and finished in the Top 10 at 23 tournaments during his Virginia career. Cooke was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1996 and earned All-ACC honors three times (1994-96). He finished third at the 1994 ACC Tournament. Cooke entered the professional ranks in 1996, competing in the PGA Tour, Canadian Tour, and Buy.com Tour. Most recently he competed in the 2002 South African Tour.
Driscoll, a native of Brookline, Mass., earned All-America honors twice and All-ACC honors three times. As a Cavalier, he finished tied for third in the individual competition at the 1997 ACC Tournament and was tied for eighth in 1998. Driscoll finished second in the individual competition at the 2000 NCAA East Regional Tournament and ninth in the individual competition at the 2000 NCAA Tournament (10 under par). He also participated in the NCAA Tournament on two other occasions. He won the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational as a sophomore in 1998 and had 23 Top 10 finishes during his Virginia career. Driscoll finished second after a playoff at the 2000 United States Amateur Championship. He competed in the 2001 Masters and the 2001 United States Walker Cup. Driscoll turned professional in 2001. He competes on the Canadian Tour as well as a number of PGA Tour events.
Clemson and Wake Forest led all league schools with 12 members each on the Golden Anniversary team, while North Carolina and NC State were second with six honorees each. Duke had five players selected, followed by Georgia Tech with four and Maryland and Virginia with three apiece. For the complete list of the ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Golf Team, please visit the ACC website at www.TheACC.com.