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May 28, 2016

The No. 23 Virginia men’s golf team wrapped up the second day of play at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., tied with top-ranked Stanford for 26th place. UVA shot 14-over 294 for a two-day total of 26-over 586 at the Eugene Country Club.

Vanderbilt shot even par 280 on Saturday to grab the 36-hole lead at 3-over 563. USC is in second place at 565 and Arkansas is third at 566.

The 30-team field will be trimmed to 15 teams and top nine individuals not on those teams following Sunday’s third round of competition. After the medal play concludes with 72 holes and the individual champion is crowned, the top eight teams will advance to match play.

Playing in the afternoon wave and starting on the first hole, the Hoos did not take advantage of the part of the course that had yielded the lowest scores. UVA’s four counting players played the first seven holes at 11-over par. All five of the Cavalier players combined for two birdies.

“We started on the front nine today, which is the easier of the two nines, and didn’t pay it very well,” said Virginia coach Bowen Sargent. “At the turn, we shot 10 over counting, which was kind of a shame because we fought back on the tougher nine and played it very well, I thought. Had we gotten off to a good start early, it could have been a very different day.”

At that point in the round, the Hoos did get hot, pocketing six birdies over the next three holes and adding four more during their remaining holes.

Junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) led UVA during the second round by shooting even par 70. He had a pair of birdies to go along with two bogeys. He moved up to 35th place on the leaderboard with a two-day total of 2-over 142. If UVA fails to make the 15-team, third-round cut, Bard could advance as an individual if he is one of the top nine players in the field not playing for one of those teams.

Freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) shot 4-over 74 for the second consecutive day and is in 101st place at 148. Sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.), junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) and freshman Ashton Poole (Charlotte, N.C.) all shot 75 to round out UVA’s scoring.

Walker is in 93rd place at 147, Stanger is 109th at 149 and Poole is 140th at 153.

The Cavaliers third round will start Saturday at 12:55 p.m. PT. UVA will be paired with Stanford and South Florida. The Hoos enter the third round 11 shots out of 15th place which is the last position to make the cut and advance to the fourth round of medal play.

NCAA Championships
Eugene Country Club
Eugene, Ore.
Par-70, 7,014 yards
Second Round Results

Team Results  1. Vanderbilt      283-280-563 2. USC             283-282-565 3. Arkansas        282-284-566 4. Oregon          291-277-568 4. LSU             286-282-568 6. Alabama         290-279-569 7. Texas           289-281-570 7. Illinois        290-280-570 9. Arizona State   290-281-571 9. California      287-284-57111. South Carolina  287-285-57212. Louisville      291-282-57313. Florida         286-287-57314. Oklahoma State  285-289-57415. Kentucky        289-286-57515. Auburn          294-281-57515. Georgia         291-284-57515. Clemson         291-292-57515. San Diego State 283-289-57520. Wake Forest     289-288-57820. Oklahoma        290-294-57822. Florida State   285-294-57923. TCU             282-299-58124. Houston         296-287-58325. South Florida   291-294-58526. Stanford        292-294-58626. Virginia        292-294-58628. Baylor          293-296-58929. UAB             294-305-59930. Purdue          299-305-604
Individual Leaders1. Justin Suh, USC 68-67-1352. Robby Shelton, Alabama 70-66-1362. Nahum Mendoza, San Diego State 67-69-136
Virginia Results 35. Derek Bard 72-70-142 93. Danny Walker 72-75-147101. Thomas Walsh 74-74-148109. Jimmy Stanger 74-75-149140. Ashton Poole 78-75-153="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>="http:>
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