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Sept. 26, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – The Virginia men’s golf team finished the stroke play portion of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Challenge Cup tied with host school Vanderbilt for first place at 3-under 849. The 12th-ranked Commodores won a sudden death playoff between the two teams at The Golf Club of Tennessee to determine the tournament championship.

UVa shot 4-over 288 on Saturday while Vandy used a final round score of 2-under 282 to rally for the tie. Top-ranked Florida State finished third at 6-over 858.

UVa was led by junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.). He shot a team-best 2-under 69 on Saturday to finish in fifth place. Bard’s three-round total was 3-under 210. Junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) tied for ninth at 1-under 212. Walker shot 71 during the final round while Stanger finished with a 74.

Freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), making his collegiate debut, finished in 28th place at 5-over 218. Senior Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) was 46th at 227.

Alabama’s Robby Shelton took medalist honors at 8-under 205. Florida State’s Hank Lebioda was second at 5-under 208.

The Conference Challenge will take place on Sunday, with teams from the ACC playing 18-hole matches against their similarly ranked opponent from the SEC. The conference that accumulates the most points will be crowned the 2015 Collegiate Challenge Cup Champion. UVa and Vanderbilt will be matched in the Conference Challenge.

Live scoring is online at

DICK’S Sporting Goods Challenge Cup
The Golf Club of Tennessee
Nashville, Tenn.
Par-71, 7,184 yards
Final Results

Team Results 1. Vanderbilt     279-288-282-849 1. Virginia       280-281-288-849 3. Florida State  279-290-289-858 4. Georgia        290-282-288-860 5. Duke           294-274-295-863 5. Kentucky       281-295-287-863 7. Florida        291-281-295-867 7. Georgia Tech   287-286-294-867 9. Alabama        288-288-296-87210. Louisville     297-292-284-87311. Clemson        291-290-293-87412. Tennessee      288-297-297-882
Individual Leaders1. Robby Shelton, Alabama 67-67-71-2052. Hank Lebioda, Florida State 68-69-71-2083. Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville 70-69-70-2093. Vince Whaley, Georgia Tech 68-70-67-209
Virginia Results 5. Derek Bard 71-70-69-210 9. Danny Walker 70-71-71-212 9. Jimmy Stanger 67-71-74-21228. Thomas Walsh 72-69-77-21846. Nick McLaughlin 78-75-74-227="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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