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Oct. 17, 2014 Alpharetta, Ga. – The 25th-ranked Virginia men’s golf team grabbed the early lead at the U.S. Collegiate Championship thanks in part to stellar performances by senior Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) and sophomore Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.). McCarthy tied the school single-round scoring record by shooting 9-under 63 and Bard set a personal low round by posting a round of 6-under 66.

The Cavaliers finished the first round of the 54-hole event at 16-under 272. Texas is six strokes behind Virginia in second place at 10-under 278. The tournament is being played at The Golf Club of Geogia in Alpharetta.

McCarthy started his day with a par on the par-5 opening hole and then ripped off five straight birdies. He added another birdie on the ninth hole to make the turn at 6-under 30. McCarthy added birdies on three of his first four holes on the back side before posting his only bogey on No. 14. He added a birdie on No. 17 that allowed him to tie the UVa 18-hole scoring record.

McCarthy now shares the mark with Cole Kelly who fired 63 in the first round of the 1996 Red River Classic in Dallas. Ben Kohles also posted a 63, carding his during the 2010 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. McCarthy’s previous best 18 hole score at UVa was a 64 he shot at the Jim West Intercollegiate last spring.

Bard’s round included three birdies on the both front and back nines. He is tied for second overall with Stanford’s Maverick McNealy.

UVa’s Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) is in 17TH place with a 71 while Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) is 24th at 72 and Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) is 58th at 76.

The second round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship will take place Saturday and the final round is slated for Sunday. The 15-team field includes 11 teams ranked in the top-30 of the current Golfweek poll.

U.S. Collegiate Championship
The Golf Club of Georgia
Alpharetta, Ga.
Par-72, 7,017 yards
First Round Results

Team Results 1. Virginia            272 2. Texas               278 3. Texas A&M           281 4. Stanford            283 5. Auburn              286 5. East Tennessee St.  286 7. UCLA                287 8. Wake Forest         288 9. Oklahoma State      290 9. Washington          29011. Iowa                29112. Clemson             29413. LSU                 29613. Georgia Tech        29615. Kent State          304
Individual Leaders1. Denny McCarthy, Virginia 632. Derek Bard, Virginia 662. Maverick McNeally 664. Gavin Hall, Texas 674. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington 67
Virginia Results 1. Denny McCarthy 63 2. Derek Bard 6617. Nick McLaughlin 7124. Danny Walker 7258. Jimmy Stanger 76="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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