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Oct. 16, 2015

Alpharetta, Ga. – A year after shooting 8-under 64 during the final round to win medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, Virginia junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) picked up right where he left off in the first round of this year’s tournament. Bard shot 6-under 66 on Friday to hold a two-shot lead on the field after the event’s first round.

Thanks to Bard’s sizzling round, 22nd-ranked UVA finished the opening day of play in second place at 5-under 283. Fourth-ranked Florida State is one shot ahead of the Hoos on the leaderboard.

Bard totaled five birdies, one eagle and one bogey during his round. He won last year’s tournament by shooting 15-under 201, which was the best score in the nine-year history of the event. Bard leads Auburn’s Will Long and Wake Forest Cameron Young by two strokes.

UVA senior Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) finished the first round in 17th place at 1-under 71 on The Golf Club of Georgia course. Sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) are tied for 36th at 1-over 73. Freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) is in 48th place at 74.

The second round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship will take place Saturday and the final round is slated for Sunday. Live scoring is online at

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

Team Results 1. Florida State       282 2. Virginia            283 3. Wake Forest         284     4. Auburn              285 5. Clemson             286 5. Georgia Tech        286    7. Oklahoma            289 8. Stanford            290          9. Texas               292       9. Mississippi         29211. East Tennessee St.  293  12. Kent State          29513. LSU                 29714. Oklahoma State      29814. USC                 29816. Iowa                300    17. UCLA                303 
Individual Leaders1. Derek Bard, Virginia 662. Will Long, Auburn 682. Cameron Young, Wake Forest 68
Virginia Results 1. Derek Bard 6617. Nick McLaughlin 7136. Danny Walker 7336. Jimmy Stanger 7348. Thomas Walsh 74="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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