Dec. 22, 2016
Miami, Fla. - Virginia junior Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) fired his second straight 4-under par 67 on Thursday in the final round of the South Beach International Amateur at Miami Beach Golf Club to capture his biggest career victory. Walker came from behind to come out on top over the world’s eighth strongest field of amateur players.
Walkers five one-putts to finish the round made his one-stroke victory possible. His -13, 270 total set a record for the tournament. Walker, fourth on the Cavaliers team in scoring average this fall (71.83), didn’t make a bogey in his last two rounds. In the final round, Walker made four birdies, his last coming at the par-3 14th hole.
Along with The SBIA Crystal trophy he will add a hole-in-one plaque to his trophy case as well for his ace on the 210-yard 9th hole during Wednesday’s third round.
Walker’s victory moves his world ranking from No. 353 to No. 87. Walker edged out Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana by one shot for medalist honors. This year’s South Beach International Amateur featured 15 top 100 players and 135 top 1,000 players in the world according to SPWAR and is now the 8th ranked amateur worldwide.
Over the past two years, UVA golfers have now won the Porter Cup, Sunnehanna Championship, Southern Amateur and been the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur.
Green Adjusting to New SurroundingsWrestling10/20/17A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a candidate to start at 157 pounds for Virginia.Butts' Bond With Benkert GrowingFootball10/18/17A redshirt junior from the Philadelphia area, UVA tight end Evan Butts has become one of quarterback Kurt Benkert's most reliable targets.Salt Evolving Into Pivotal PresenceMen's Basketball10/17/17A redshirt junior from New Zealand, 6-11 center Jack Salt has grown into a team leader for UVA, which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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