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Chattanooga, TN The Virginia men’s golf team is tied for 17th place after Thursday’s opening round of play at the NCAA East Regional Championships taking place at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Cavaliers shot 2-over 286 on the par-71 course. The top 10 teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers are five shots out of 10th place.

Virginia was led by sophomore Kyle Stough who finished 21st at 2-under 69. He had six birdies and four bogeys during his round. Freshman Will Collins used a birdie on the 18th hole to finish the first round at 1-under 70 in 33rd place. Sophomore Steven Rojas used a pair of back-nine birdies to finish 60th at 1-over 72. Conrad Von Borsig was the Cavaliers’ final counter, finishing at 4-over 75 in 107th place. Senior Greg Carlin shot 7-over 78 and is in 133rd place.

The unranked Cavaliers finished the opening round ahead of such ranked teams as No. 7 South Carolina (288), No. 27 Mississippi (293) and No. 30 UAB (287) and are tied with No. 12 Duke and No. 21 East Tennessee State.

“I think we left some shots out there today and I didn’t feel great about how we played when we finished, but as the day unfolded, it turned out we are in a lot better position than I thought we would be,” said Cavalier coach Bowen Sargent. “Hopefully this was our bad round. I was very happy about how Kyle and Will played today, but in this tournament, you need four good scores and we have to finish stronger in the days ahead.”

Top-ranked Georgia built a large lead on the first day of play. The Bulldogs shot 19-under 265. They are eight strokes ahead of second-place Augusta State at 273. Georgia had three golfers finish among the top three in stroke play after the first day.

Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander and Georgia’s Hudson Swafford share the first-round lead after shooting 6-under 65.

Virginia tees off at 12:59 Friday to start its second round of the 54-hole event. Links to live scoring of the tournament are at and The Cavaliers are making its first regional appearance since 2005.

NCAA East Regional
Council Fire Golf Club
Chattanooga, TN
Par-71, 6,961 yards

First Round Results

Team Results
1. Georgia 265
2. Augusta State 273
3. SMU 276
4. Middle Tennessee State 278
4. Mississippi State 278
6. NC State 279
7. New Mexico State 280
8. Virginia Tech 281
8. Auburn 281
8. Charlotte 281
11. Colorado State 282
11. Tennessee-Chattanooga 282
13. UC-Irvine 283
14. Coastal Carolina 285
14. Michigan State 285
14. Western Carolina 285
17. Duke 286
17. Virginia 286
17. East Tennessee State 286
20. Georgia State 287
20. UAB 287
22. South Carolina 288
23. Memphis 289
24. North Florida 293
24. Western Illinois 293
24. Mississippi 293
27. Jackson State 302

Individual Leaders
1. Henrik Norlander, Augusta State 65
1. Hudson Swafford, Georgia 65
3. Josh Bevell, Mississippi State 66
3. Russell Henley, Georgia 66
3. Kelly Kraft, SMU 66
3. Adam Mitchell, Georgia 66
7. Kent Bulle, Middle Tennessee 67
7. John Chin, UC-Irvine 67
7. Matt Cook, Western Carolina 67
7. Kent Copeland, NC State 67
7. Tripp McAllister, Coastal Carolina 67
7. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn 67
7. Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee State 67
7. Jurrian van der Vaart, Virginia Tech 67

21. Kyle Stough 69
33. Will Collins 70
60. Steven Rojas 72
107. Conrad Von Borsig 75
133. Greg Carlin 78

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