Started in 1986 by former head coach Clem King, the Cavalier Classic has been host to great collegiate golf drama.
The spring of 2011 saw Virginia host the event for the 24th time.
Host Virginia has won its own classic eight times in the 24-year history of the event.
In 2011 Virginia won its second consecutive title behind the record-setting performance of freshman medalist Ben Rusch. After shooting 2-under 70 during his opening round, Rusch posted a tourney record 7-under 65 in the afternoon to win at 9-under 135. His second round score and total for 36 holes were both Cavalier Classic records for Birdwood Golf Course.
was UVa's fourth title over a five-year period.
In 2010 Virginia ran away with a 20-shot
victory led by Ben Kohles, who took medalist honors by two strokes.
In 2008 UVa won by
three shots over second-place Augusta State in a 36-hole format. It
marked the first time the Cavaliers claimed back-to-back titles at the
Cavalier Classic. In 2007. UVa cruised to a 24-shot win over
second-place UNCG in the 10-team field.
In 1994, Cavalier
All-American Simon Cooke took home medalist honors for the home team
for the first time with an eight-under 208, besting the previous
tournament record by two strokes.
In 2006 Brad Tilley
became the second UVa player to win the tournament in a dramatic
fashion that may never be repeated. Tilley was tied with Maryland's
Blaine Peffley and NC State's Stephen Lewton after 54 holes of stroke
play. Lewton and his Wolfpack teammates had already departed for the
return trip to Raleigh, leaving just Tilley and Peffley to battle for
the medalist trophy. And what a battle it was.
Both players made
par on their first six playoff holes before Tilley finally won on the
seventh hole with a par to Peffley's bogie.
The 1999 tournament
saw Wake Forest place three players among the top five and earn coach
Jerry Haas his first coaching victory. The Demon Deacons jumped out to
a 13-stroke lead after two rounds, but Virginia stormed back and closed
within three shots, behind the play of James Driscoll and Cameron
Yancey, before settling for second-place honors. Wake Forest's Jay
Morgan claimed individual honors in 1999 with a six-under 210.
1997, freshman Mike Mitchell, playing in the first collegiate event,
worked his way into the individual lead after 36 holes with a
remarkable five-under par performance, which included a hole-in-one in
the second round. Mitchell's 69-68 effort, along with Andrea Brotto's
68-71 and Lewis Chitengwa's 71-69, helped forge an eight-stroke lead
for the Cavaliers. With the final round played in high winds, the
rookie Mitchell faltered, but veterans Chitengwa and James Driscoll
fired 71 and 69, respectively, and the Cavs' eight-shot lead became an
eight-shot victory. The win marked Virginia's fourth Cavalier Classic
title, and its first win at the Keswick Club.
In 1995 at
Birdwood, Virginia trailed Southern Methodist by one stroke entering
the final round. Led by Cole Kelly, who birdied the first three holes
and made a hole-in-one on the 12th hole, the Cavaliers produced a
nine-under par team score to tie SMU. The win marked Virginia's first
Cavalier Classic title since 1990, when Tim Dunlavey, Fred Widicus, and
Bill Bierman led UVa to an 11-shot victory over Georgia Tech.
Former Cavalier Andrea Signor took medalist honors in 2004 while competing for the Italian National Team.
Most notable among the past individuals winners is current PGA star David Duval, who claimed medalist honors in 1992 and 1993.
Cavalier Classic Team Champions
Tennessee St. 298-285-298-881 (+17) 14
Tech292-290-281-863 (-1) 17
Tech289-294-285-868 (+4) 18
Tech294-290-291-875 (+11) 18
Tech279-284-296-859 (-5) 15
1996 $ North
Carolina285-283-277-845 (-7) 14
1997 $ Virginia281-278-295-856 (+4) 13
1998 $ North
Forest285-280-292-857 (-7) 15
2004UNCWilmington287-290-293-870 (+6) 11
& Mary 293-299-300-892
2008Virginia282-293-575 (-1) 21
Carolina286 (-2) 18
2011 Virginia 295-279-574 (-2) 9
Cavalier Classic Medalists
Warton-Palmer, Centenary73-74-73-220 (+4)
Hughes, North Carolina70-70-77-217 (+1)
Rowland, Augusta State72-73-70-215 (-1)
Burton, North Carolina71-70-73-214 (-2)
Burton, North Carolina70-71-69-210 (-6)
Hurst, Old Dominion*68-71-71-210 (-6)
Steve Isley, NC State68-71-71-210
Duval, Georgia Tech*68-75-70-213 (-3)
Neil Connolly, UTChatt.70-72-71-213 (-3)
Duval, Georgia Tech73-69-72-214 (-2)
McCann, UNCGreen.73-66#-72-211 (-5)
Bradley, North Carolina68-72-140 (-4)
Buha, Duke$67-69-68-204 (-9)
Wellhausen, Miss. St.$68-70-68-206 (-7)
Hyler, North Carolina$65-67-70-202 (-11)
Morgan, Wake Forest70-68-72-210
Donaldson, Florida State70-71-141 (-3)
Signor, Italian Nat’l •68-71-74-213
Dustin Bray, North Carolina70-70-73-213
Barton, Wm. & Mary• 74-73-71-218 (+2)
Taylor Crosby, NC State 71-73-74-218
Blaine Peffley, Maryland73-68-75-216 (E)
Stephen Lewton, NC State73-71-72-216 (E)
Younts, UNCG68-69-77-214 (-2)
Norlander, Augusta St.71-68-139 (-5)
Brock, UNC Wilmington67 (-5)
Kohles, Virginia72-68-140 (-4)
2011 Ben Rusch, Virginia 70-65-135 (-9)
Cavalier Classic Records
Low 18-Hole Score:
2011 Ben Rusch, Virginia 65 (-7)
1998 $ Max Harris, North Carolina64 (-7)
1998 $ Brad Hyler, North Carolina 65 (-6)
1995 John McCann, UNCGreensboro66 (-6) #
1993 Jason Widener, Duke66
Low 36-Hole Score:
2011 Ben Rusch 70-65-135 (-9)
1998 $ Brad Hyler, North Carolina65-67-132 (-10)
1994 Simon Cooke, Virginia69-69-138
Low 54-Hole Score:
1998 $ Brad Hyler, North Carolina 65-67-70-202 (-11)