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Virginia's NCAA Championship History


The legacy of Virginia golf in the annals of NCAA Championship history is nearly as old as the event itself. The NCAA began tournament play in 1939, and the University of Virginia's Dixon Brooke was crowned as its national champion the next year.

Brooke, a junior from Birmingham, Ala., was not even the number-one golfer on the Cavalier squad when he headed for the Ekwanok course in Manchester, Vt. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old overcame more experienced competitors in battling from five strokes back, taking the 36-hole match by one stroke over Harry Haverstick of Swarthmore. Brooke's dramatic comeback caused The New York Times to report: "Seldom has there been a greater demonstration of courage than the Virginia junior gave today."

Led by Brooke, the Virginia squad tied for 15th place in the 1940 team competition. In 1946, Virginia posted its best NCAA result, finishing 11th in an 18-team field.

Dixon Brooke's legacy lives on in an endowed scholarship established by his family. In addition, the Dixon Brooke Award is given annually to the Cavalier golfer who best demonstrates leadership, cooperative spirit and unselfish service.

Since the 1990s, the Virginia golf program has again risen to national prominence. The Cavaliers have reached an NCAA Regional Tournament site in 17 of the last 23 years. Virginia reached the NCAA Championships seven times during that span.

Virginia hosted the NCAA East Regional Tournament at Birdwood Golf Course.

In 1996, Lewis Chitengwa turned in Virginia's best NCAA Championship performance since Brooke's historic victory in 1940. Competing as an individual, Chitengwa finished seventh with a 293 in a talented field. His 68 in the third round was the day's low round and missed the course record by only one stroke.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010 the Cavaliers made three consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history. Virginia set several school records during the 2010 NCAA Champions where the Cavaliers finished 11th to equal the best showing in school history. Henry Smart tied The Honors Course record with a remarkable 6-under 66 during the final round to set a UVa single-round NCAA scoring records. The team shot 8-under 280 during the second round, the best single-round team score at the NCAAs.

The 2012 UVa team placed 22nd at the NCAAs.

In 2014, Denny McCarthy placed sixth overall to cement All-America honors and post the second best finish ever by a Cavalier at the event. His opening round 5-under 65 was the lowest gross single round score by a UVa competitor at the NCAAs.

YearTeam FinishTeam ScoreTop IndividualFinishScore
1939Results not available
1940T15th of 21
194113th of 19
194611th of 18
1947T31st of 39
195223rd of 24
195819th of 34
198826th of 32303-311-614 (+38)Curt Coulter6275-76-151 (+7)
1992T16th of 30293-293-586 (+10)Dean SmithT5273-73-146 +2)
1997T23rd of 30299-295-594 (+26)Lewis ChitengwaT3673-71-73-73-292 (+6)
2000T25th of 30299-290-589 (+13)James Driscoll968-71-71-68-278 (-10)
200826th of 30312-307-312-931 (+67)Will Collins3978-78-71-227 (+11)
200927th of 30306-297-301 (+52)Will Collins9677-76-73-226 (+13)
201011th of 30300-280-289-869 (+5)Will Collins2574-70-71-215 (-1)
201222nd of 30306-292-290-888 (+24)Bruce Woodall3771-75-72-218 (+2)

NCAA Regional Results

YearTeam FinishTeam ScoreTop IndividualFinishScore
199015th of 23302-285-295-882 (+18)Tim DunlaveyT970-68-75-213 (-3)
199113th of 23298-296-299-893 (+29)Tom IredellT29 75-70-76-221 (+5)
1992T10th of 22293-295-308-896 (+32)Jimmy FlippenT2072-70-79-221 (+5)
199312th of 22293-301-287-881 (+17)Tripp Shreves T2774-75-69-218 (+2)
1995 13th of 21298-291-300-889 (+49)Jimmy FlippenT871-75-70-216 (+6)
199612th of 23314-300-297-911 (+47)Lewis ChitengwaT675-74-72-221 ( +5)
19978th of 23292-304-293-889 (+49)James DriscollT1173-74-71-218 (+8)
199813th of 23299-289-290-878 (+14)James DriscollT11 71-68-72-211 (-5)
2000T9th of 27 293-309-293-895 (+43)James Driscoll269-72-72-213 (E)
2002T18th of 27312-304-306-922 (+58)Justin Goodhue T1871-76-74-221 (+5)
200512th of 27290-284-279-853 (+1)Brad TilleyT1670-71-68-209 (-4)
200810th of 27286-287-276-849 (-15)Steven Rojas1772-68-69-209 (-7)
20094th of 14298-291-300-889 (+25)Ben Kohles1174-71-76-221 (+5)
20105th of 14282-283-278-843 (+3)Henry Smart1673-68-68-209 (-1)
20118th of 13305-297-298-900 (+36)Will Collins1477-71-72-220 (+4)
20124th of 13287-281-278-846 (-6)Ben Kohles271-65-70-206 (-7)
20136th of 13303-294-385-882 (+42)Denny McCarthy274-74-66-214 (+1)
20147th of 13285-303-276-864 (E)Denny McCarthy669-73-67-209 (-7)

NCAA Championship Individual Results

YearTop IndividualPlaceScores
1940Dixon Brooke1 
1941Dixon BrookeT18 
1958William Metzger *  
1959Jordan BallT73 
1962Clark MacKenzieT112 
1964Jonathan Verity *  
1988Curt Coulter6275-76-151 (+7)
1990Tim Dunlavey3371-74-78-70-293 (+5)
1992Dean SmithT5273-73-146 (+2)
1995Jimmy FlippenT8079-73-152 (+8)
1996Lewis Chitengwa777-72-68-76-293 (+5)
1997Lewis ChitengwaT3673-71-73-73-292 (+6)
1998James DriscollT6775-69-144 (E)
2000James Driscoll968-71-71-68-278 (-10)
2008Will Collins3978-78-71-227 (+11)
2009Will Collins9677-76-73-226 (+13)
2010Will Collins2574-70-71-216 (-1)
2012Bruce Woodall3771-75-72-218 (+2)
2013Denny McCarthy2272-67-69-208 (-2)
2014Denny McCarthy665-71-70-206 (-4)

* Results not available

NCAA Championship Bests

Lowest Round (18 Holes)
     65 (-5), Denny McCarthy (1st Round)
     Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, KS
     May 26, 2014

Lowest 72-Hole Total
278, James Driscoll
     68-71-71-68 (-10)
     Grand National GC, Auburn, Ala.
     May 31-June 3, 2000

Lowest Round (18 Holes)
280 (-8), Second round
     Grand National GC, Auburn, Ala.
     May 31-June 3, 2000
     (Collins 70, Stough 69, Kohles 75, Smart 66, Davis 79)

NCAA Regional Bests

Lowest Round (18 Holes)
65 (-6), Ben Kohles (2nd Round), Central Regional, Univ. of Michigan Golf Course, Ann Arbor, Mich., May 18, 2013

Lowest 54-Hole Total
206, Ben Kohles 71-65-70 (-7), T2, Central Regional, Univ. of Michigan Golf Course, Ann Arbor, Mich., May 17-19, 2013

Lowest Round (18 Holes)
276 (-8), Third round
     at NCAA East Regional
     Council Fire GC, Chattanooga, Tenn.
     May 17, 2008
     (Collins 67, Rojas 69, Stough 69, Carlin 71)

Lowest 54-Hole Total
843, 282-283-278 (+3), 5th
     at The Course at Yale
     New Haven, Conn.
     May 20-22, 2010
     Smart 209, Collins 211, Stough 211, Davis 212,
     Kohles 218)


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