Rusch Tied for Lead at U.S. Collegiate After Opening Round 66
Oct. 18, 2013
Alpharetta, Ga. – The 14th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team is tied for third place after the opening 18 holes of play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship taking place at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The Cavaliers shot 3-under 285 and are tied with third-ranked Texas A&M. Georgia Tech, ranked No. 2, leads the 15-team field on its home course with a first round score of 9-under 279. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State is second at 284.
Virginia was led by senior Ben Rusch who shared the first-round lead after shooting 6-under 66. The 2012 ACC individual champion, Rusch opened his round with an eagle and added four more birdies during his day of bogey-free play. Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans shares the lead with Rusch.
UVa’s other first-day scores featured a 72 by Denny McCarthy, a 73 by Ji Soo Park, a 74 by Derek Bard and a 75 by Nick McLaughlin. McCarthy is in 25th place while Park is 35th, Bard is 43rd and McLaughlin is 75th.
The U.S. Collegiate is considered one of the top fall tournaments on the college circuit. This year’s 15-team field includes 13 teams ranked in the current Golfstat top-50 standings.
The second round of the tournament will include a live webcast starting at 3 p.m. EDT. The webcast can be found at www.TheUSCC.org. The 54-hole tournament runs through Sunday.
Paired with Auburn and Iowa, Virginia will start its third round of play at 12:20 p.m. Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com.
U.S. Collegiate Championship
The Golf Club of Georgia
Par-72, 7,017 yards
First Round Results
1. Georgia Tech 279 2. Oklahoma State 284 3. Virginia 285 3. Texas A&M 285 5. Wake Forest 286 5. UCLA 286 7. Iowa 287 8. Stanford 288 9. USC 29010. Duke 29111. Washington 29411. East Tennessee St. 29413. Kent State 29614. Auburn 29715. Clemson 299
Individual Leaders1. Ben Rusch, Virginia 661. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 663. David Boote, Stanford 693. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M 693. Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State 693. Rhys Pugh, East Tenn State 693. Ian Vandersee, Iowa 693. Cameron Wilson, Stanford 693. Motin Yeung, Duke 69