Cavalier Corner

April 2015

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junior year that people even heard of him, and here's a kid that was dominating D.C. and Maryland. Of course, we knew of him." Berger and Thomas, currently playing on the PGA Tour, are two of the more notable members of the class of 2011. The list includes the last three winners of the Haskins Award, golf's version of the Heisman Trophy: Thomas, Kim and Rodgers (the latter two are competing on the Tour this year). Another player from that class, Jordan Spieth, is a Tour regular, and Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team member, who is currently ranked sixth in the world. Schniederjans, who ascended to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings in June 2014, like McCarthy elected to stay in school at Georgia Tech and earn his degree. "I think from day one his goal was to get a de- gree," Sargent said of McCarthy. The fourth-year golfer said he has no regrets about his decision. "I know I'm a great player, but those guys de- veloped faster and they have a ton of talent and they were ready for that level," McCarthy noted. "I personally didn't think I was ready at the time and I never thought about going to college for one season and going on tour. "I was honest with myself and I knew I just wasn't ready to go on tour. Over the course of four years, I think my game now is better suited and shaped moving forward." McCarthy said a key to his development as a McCarthy, one of 24 collegiate golfers named to the watch list for the 2015 Ben Hogan Award (nation's top player), is poised to become only the second Cavalier to compete in three NCAA Individual Championships. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA

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