Virginia Beach event featuring UVA’s Tony Bennett is opportunity for mutual salute

Posted at 11:13 PM, May 22, 2019

Tony Bennett in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Minutes after leading his team to the program's first ever NCAA title last month, UVA head men's basketball coach Tony Bennett took his shot at a golf shot.

On stage at center court for the trophy presentation with CBS's Jim Nantz, the longtime voice of The Masters Tournament, Coach Bennett lobbied Nantz to get Tony and his father into the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club for a round.

Virginia celebrates their title win. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The title turned into a tee-time.

In a story originally reported by and confirmed by Bennett himself, Tony and his father, Dick, played Augusta National earlier this month. Tuesday, Bennett takes in a different club - the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Athletics Foundation hosted its Tidewater Social featuring Coach Bennett and UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams. Events like this are more than just a chance for Wahoo Nation to salute Tony's title.

UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams

"Even when he's just out in public, for example - we were out today and he got stopped several times by people who just wanted to shake his hand and say congratulations," Williams explained in an interview with News 3. "He sees this as an opportunity to say thank you. Being with Tony as we tour the state and the region and seeing his humility through it all - he's the same as he was before the championship. Being able to see that and see all the fans celebrating with us, it's been great."

Tony Bennett in Virginia Beach

"It's wonderful to see you guys, and see the impact [the title] has had on generations and families," Bennett told the crowd Wednesday night. "To realize the bond they have, those memories of a father/son trip or the fact they were together, whether it was a watch party or together in Minneapolis - that part is awesome to hear those stories."