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May 16, 2014

Columbia, Mo. – The No. 11 Virginia men’s golf team will face an uphill climb if it is to earn a berth to this year’s NCAA Championships. After finishing the opening day of play at the NCAA Regional in Columbia, Mo., in third place, the Cavaliers fell back to ninth after Friday’s second round. UVa shot 15-over 303 for a two-day total of 12-over 588.

The top five teams from the regional site advance to the NCAAs. UVa will enter Saturday’s final round 12 strokes behind fifth-place Arizona State.

Senior Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) led Virginia during the second round with a score of 1-over 73. His two-round total of 2-under 142 has him situated in 13th place on the leaderboard along with teammate David Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.). Pastore recorded a round of 74 on Friday.

A trio of UVa players shot 6-over 78 during the second round. That group included Ji Soo Park (Clifton, Va.), Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.). Bard is in 44th place at 150, Park is 60th at 154 and Stanger is 66th at 157.

Arkansas, ranked No. 24, shot a blazing 18-under 270 to tie second-ranked Oklahoma State at 559 for the tournament lead. Host school Missouri is in third place at 561 while LSU is fourth at 575 and Arizona State is fifth at 576.

Missouri’s Hunter Kraus takes a one-stroke lead into the final round at 7-under 137.

The Cavaliers will start their final round at 7:30 a.m. CT from the No. 10 tee while paired with San Diego State and Iowa.

NCAA Columbia RegionalColumbia, Mo.The Club at Old HawthornePar 72, 7,141 yardsSecond Round Results
Team Results
1. Arkansas 289-270-559 1. Oklahoma State 272-287-559 3. Missouri 281-280-561 4. LSU 289-286-575 5. Arizona State 291-285-576 6. Iowa State 293-286-579 7. San Diego State 294-288-582 8. Iowa 291-294-585 9. Virginia 285-303-58810. Middle Tennessee State 301-292-59311. Denver 300-301-60112. Loyola (Md.) 308-294-60213. Ohio State 308-303-61114. Bryant 316-316-632
Top Individuals1. Hunter Kraus, Missouri 68-69-1372. Taylor Moore, Arkansas 71-67-1382. Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State 65-73-1382. Max Rottluff, Arizona State 71-67-1385. Smylie Kaufman, LSU 72-67-1395. Ryan Zech, Missouri 69-70-139
Virginia Results13. Denny McCarthy 69-73-14213. David Pastore 68-74-14244. Derek Bard 72-78-15060. Ji Soo Park 76-78-15466. Jimmy Stanger 79-78-157="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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