July 26, 2016
Charlottesville, Va. – Four members of the Virginia men’s golf team have been named to the all-state team by the State Golf Coaches Association. The group also recognized UVA head coach Bowen Sargent by naming him its coach of the year. It marks the fifth time during his 12-year career Sargent has been named the state’s coach of the year.
Earning first-team honors were juniors Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.). Sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) and freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) were second-team selections.
Virginia finished fifth or better in 10 of 13 events during the 2015-16 season, including a tie for first in the DICK’s Challenge Cup. The Cavaliers received an at-large selection to the NCAA Regional in Nashville, Tenn., and their fifth place finish advanced them to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., where they finished 22nd. Virginia was ranked No. 22 by Golfstat and No. 26 by Golfweek/Sagarin at the end of the season.
Bard posted a 71.23 stroke average and was named to the PING All-America third team, the All-East Region team and the All-ACC Men’s Golf team. He shared medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate and had six top-10 finishes during the season.
Stanger posted a 71.79 scoring average and six top-10 finishes, including a tie for first in the General Hackler Championship. Stanger joined Bard in being named to the All-East Region team and was also selected to the All-ACC team.
Virginia State Golf Coaches Association
2016 All-State Teams (Players listed alphabetically by school)
Coach of the Year:
Bowen Sargent, Virginia