UVa Golfers Earn Berth to NCAA Championships
May 16, 2015
Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. – The No. 27 Virginia men’s golf team earned a berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth at the NCAA Regional at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. The Cavaliers shot 1-under 287 during Saturday’s final round to finish at 10-over 874. The top five teams from six regional sites advance to the NCAA Championships. UVa placed two shots ahead of sixth-place Wichita State.
Oklahoma, ranked No. 14, won the regional at 21-under 843. Also advancing from the site were No. 3 Arizona State (863), No. 10 Georgia Tech (869) and No. 34 Georgia (870). Virginia entered the three-day, 54-hole event as the No. 5 seed.
Senior All-American Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) led UVa with a final-round 69 for a 54-hole total of 6-under 210. He finished fourth overall. McCarthy shot 3-under 69 during the final round and dropped in a five-foot birdie putt on his final hole as the Hoos held a slim one-shot advantage over Wichita State, which had already completed its round.
Sophomore Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) was UVa’s number-two finisher, placing 25th at 5-over 221. He posted a final round score of 73. Playing ahead of McCarthy, he also birdied No. 18 to break a tie the Hoos were in at the time with Wichita State at 12-over. Classmate Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) was 29th at 222. He shot 75 during Saturday’s competition.
Senior Ji Soo Park (Clifton, Va.) had an up-and-down final round to finish in 49th position at 225. He shot 71 Saturday after playing his front nine at 5-under par. Park had two double bogeys, and a bogey to go with one birdie over his final nine holes. Junior Kyle Kochevar (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) placed 61st at 230. He finished with a 2-over 74.
Arizona State’s Jon Rahm, ranked No. 2 in the nation, took medalist honors at 10-under 206.
The 30-team NCAA Championships will take place May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. This marks the 15th time the Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Championships. In its last NCAA appearance, UVa placed 22nd in 2012. Competing as an individual, McCarthy was sixth at last year’s tournament.
The Farms Golf Club
Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.
Par-72, 6,947 yards
Team Results 1. Oklahoma 284-275-284-843 2. Arizona State 300-281-282-863 3. Georgia Tech 299-283-287-869 4. Georgia 307-278-285-870 5. Virginia 297-290-287-874 6. Wichita State 292-298-286-876 7. East Tennessee State 289-294-286-880 8. St. Mary's (CA) 295-298-297-882 9. New Mexico 303-292-289-88610. San Diego 297-295-291-88910. Idaho 301-287-301-88912. Mississippi 314-305-290-89113. Eastern Kentucky 299-287-298-902
Individual Leaders1. Jon Rahm, Arizona State 73-64-69-2062. Max McGreevy, Oklahoma 70-69-69-2082. Michael Gellerman, Oklahoma 71-68-69-2084. Denny McCarthy, Virginia 72-69-69-210
Virginia Results 4. Denny McCarthy 72-69-69-21025. Jimmy Stanger 74-74-73-22129. Derek Bard 74-73-75-22249. Ji Soo Park 80-74-71-22561. Kyle Kochevar 77-79-74-230
2015 NCAA Field (Top five finishers by regional site)Noblesville, Ind.1. Illinois, 2. SMU, 3. UNLV, 4. UCLA, 5. Oregon
Chapel Hill, N.C.1. Charlotte, 2. Stanford, 3. Florida State, 4. Florida, 5. Clemson
New Haven, Conn.1. South Florida, 2. San Diego State, 3. Oklahoma State, 4. Vanderbilt, 5. LSU
Lubbock, Texas1. Texas, 2. Texas Tech, 3. Duke, 4. Auburn, 5. Houston
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