Cavalier Golfers Open NCAA Championship Play in 18th Place
May 29, 2015
Bradenton, Fla. – Behind the steady play of senior Ji Soo Park (Clifton, Va.), the No. 25 Virginia men’s golf team is tied with 10th-ranked Oregon for 18th place after the opening round of the NCAA Championships at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Cavaliers toured the course at 12-over 300. The first-day leader is fourth-ranked Illinois at 2-under 286.
Park, playing in the NCAA Championships for the first time since his freshman season, shot 1-over 73 on the par-72, 7,483-yard layout. His round featured three birdies and four bogeys. He ended the first day tied for 35th place.
“Ji played really solid golf today,” said Virginia coach Bowen Sargent. “He drove it well and never really put himself in trouble. Bogey was probably the worst score he could have had at any point during his round.”
UVa sophomore Jimmy Stanger, from nearby Tampa, Fla., posted the Cavaliers’ second best score, shooting 2-over 74. After making the turn at 3-over, he managed two birdies and one bogey over his final nine holes to finish the round in 54th place.
Senior All-American Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) managed just two birdies and completed his round in 79th place at 4-over 76. McCarthy is playing in the event for the fourth time in his career. He placed sixth last year in the individual results.
“It was an okay round considering how Derek (Bard) and Denny (McCarthy) played,” Sargent said. “If they respond and play like I know they will, then I think we will be in good shape.”
On a course that saw eight of the top-10 teams in the nation finish in 14th place or higher, the Cavaliers, for the most part, managed to avoid larger numbers. UVa counted just two scores of double bogey. The Cavaliers posted 55 pars during their round, the seventh most of any of the 30 teams in the field.
“You can’t make doubles and you can’t make triples out here and expect to contend,” Sargent said. “Par is a good score. For the most part, our guys did a good job of playing steady today.”
Illinois’ Thomas Detry and South Florida’s Claudio Correa share the first-round lead at 4-under 68. Only 23 players managed to shoot under par while 24 shot 80 or higher. Top-ranked Maverick McNealy of Stanford finished the first day of play tie for 108th at 78.
Virginia is paired with No. 13 USC and No. 19 Oklahoma State during the opening two rounds. Those same schools will play the second round starting from the 10th tee at 12:40 p.m. Saturday.
All 30 teams and six individuals will complete 54 holes of stroke play (Friday-Sunday). Following 54-holes of competition, the top 15 teams, along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team, will advance for one additional day (Monday) of stroke play to determine the eight-team field for match play. The NCAA individual champion will be determined after 72 holes of stroke play.
The top eight teams after 72 holes of stroke play will be placed into a bracket for the match play portion of the tournament, which takes place Tuesday (quarterfinals and semifinals) and Wednesday (finals).
Virginia is competing at the NCAA Championships for the 15th time in the program’s history. The Cavaliers are one of five ACC teams in this year’s field.
Live scoring of the event is online at NCAASports.com.
The Concession Golf Club
Par-72, 7,483 yards
First Round Results
Team Results 1. Illinois 286 2. Georgia 288 3. USC 289 4. San Diego State 290 5. LSU 292 6. Florida 293 6. Georgia Tech 293 8. South Florida 294 8. Texas 294 8. UCLA 29411. SMU 29611. TCU 29613. Duke 29714. Charlotte 29814. Florida State 29814. Oklahoma State 29817. Arizona State 29918. Virginia 30018. Oregon 30020. Auburn 30120. Houston 30120. Vanderbilt 30120. Washington 30120. South Carolina 30125. UNLV 30226. Texas Tech 30427. Clemson 30628. UAB 30829. Stanford 31030. Oklahoma 312
Individual Leaders1. Thomas Detry, Illinois 681. Claudio Correa, South Florida 683. Jake Shuman, Duke 693. Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech 69
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