May 29, 2016
Eugene, Ore. – The No. 23 Virginia men’s golf team posted the third best score of the day, but it was not enough for UVA to make the 54-hole, 15-team cut and advance to fourth round of medal play at the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers placed 22nd overall with a three-day total of 29-over 869.
Virginia’s finish was its seventh best in 16 trips to the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers third-round score of 3-over 283 was the second best it has ever posted in NCAA play.
Virginia junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) moved on to the final round of medal play after finishing in a tie for 20th place at 3-over 213. He shot 1-over 71 during the final round and advanced by being one of the top nine individuals not on one of the 15 teams that made the 54-hole cut.
Virginia pieced together a furious back-nine comeback to play itself above the cut line with just several holes left in its round. But then Bard, who had just posted back-to-back birdies to go to 2-under par for the day, suffered three consecutive bogies.
Only one Cavalier managed a birdie on the short par-4 eighth hole, UVA’s 17th hole of its round, and all four counting players finished with par on their 18th holes.
As a result, UVA finished at 29-over and the teams making the cut had 54-hole totals of 27-over par.
Louisville and Oklahoma grabbed the final two places for the 15-team field that will compete Monday for a chance to advance to the eight-team match play. TCU, Clemson and Georgia also finished at 27-over par, but lost the tiebreaker — counting the aggregate of each team’s non-counting scorer each day — with the Cardinals and Sooners.
After three rounds, Vanderbilt leads the field at 5-over 845 while Texas is second at 7-over 847.
Junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) led UVA on Sunday by shooting 1-under 69. After playing his first five holes at 2-over, he made birdies on No. 15 and 16 to turn at even as the Hoos played the back-nine first. He had four birdies and three bogeys on his final nine holes. Stanger placed 67th at 8-over 218. His third round score was the best by any Cavalier during the tournament.
Bard and freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) both shot 1-over 71 during the final round. Bard stood at 2-under following back-to-back birdies on holes four and five before finishing out his round at 3-over. Walsh finished his first NCAA Championship in 75th place.
Freshman Ashton Poole (Charlotte, N.C.) had his best single round, shooting 2-over 72 and moved up to 125th place at 225. Sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) dropped back to 132nd at 226 after finishing with a 79.
Oregon’s Aaron Wise shot 6-under 64 to grab the overall lead heading into Monday’s final round. He leads the field at 6-under 204. Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab is two shots behind him while Texas’ Beau Hossler is in third place at 207.
Bard will play his final round in the first group off the first tee on Monday. They are scheduled to start their rounds at 2:40 p.m. ET.
Eugene Country Club
Par-70, 7,014 yards
Third Round Results
Team Results 1. Vanderbilt 283-280-282-8452. Texas 289-281-277-8473. USC 283-282-285-8504. LSU 286-282-283-8515. Oregon 291-277-284-8526. Arkansas 282-284-289-8557. Arizona State 290-281-286-8578. California 287-284-287-8589. Oklahoma State 285-289-285-8599. Illinois 290-280-289-86311. Kentucky 289-286-288-86512. South Carolina 287-285-293-86613. Florida 286-287-293-86714. Louisville 291-282-294-86714. Oklahoma 290-294-289-867Top 15 Teams Advance to 4th RoundTies are Resolved 14. TCU 282-299-299-86714. Clemson 291-292-284-86714. Georgia 291-284-284-86719. Houston 296-287-287-86819. Florida State 285-294-294-86819. Auburn 294-281-281-86822. Virginia 292-294-294-86923. Wake Forest 289-288-289-87123. Alabama 290-279-279-87125. San Diego State 283-289-292-87226. South Florida 291-294-294-87627. Baylor 293-296-296-88028. Stanford 292-294-294-88429. Purdue 299-305-305-89830. UAB 294-305-305-902
Individual Leaders1. Aaron Wise, Oregon 70-70-64-2042. Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt 71-68-67-2063. Beau Hossler, Texas 70-68-67-207
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