March 5, 2017
|Virginia at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate|
|Location||Aiken, S.C. | Palmetto Golf Club|
|Team Stats||2016-17 UVa Stats|
|Live Scoring||Tournament Live Stats|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Golfstat Rankings|
Charlottesville, Va. – The No. 3 Virginia men’s golf team will play the first of two Spring Break tournaments starting Monday, March 6 at the 20th Annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday and will be contested at the historic Palmetto Golf Club.
The tournament will feature a 6,617-yard, par-70 setup. The first two rounds of the event will be played on Monday. The tournament will conclude with a single round on Tuesday. The Palmetto Golf Club was founded in 1892 and it is recognized as the fourth oldest golf course in the United States.
In addition to host USC Aiken and Virginia, this year’s field includes Augusta, Akron, Clemson, UT Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Francis Marion, Georgia Southern, Furman, Liberty, Presbyterian, Temple, USC Upstate, Wofford, South Carolina and Charleston Southern.
Virginia’s lineup features junior Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.). freshman Andrew Orischak (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), senior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y), sophomore Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), and freshman Luke Schaap (Potomac, Md.). Junior Connor Messick (Oak Hill, Va.) will compete as an individual.
Among the players in the lineup, Bard has the best stroke average at 71.07. He is ranked No. 94 by Golfstat and No. 65 by Golfweek. Walker is right behind Bard with a 71.20 stroke average and coming off a third-place finish at the John Burns Intercollegiate. He is ranked No. 58 by Golfstat and No. 75 by Golfweek.
UVA will be without its top-ranked golfer this week. Senior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) received an exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship (March 6-12). Stanger tops the team with a 69.67 stroke average and is ranked No. 7 by Golfstat and No. 12 by Golfweek.
The Cavaliers placed second at last year’s Palmetto Intercollegiate behind Bard’s fifth-place performance and Stanger’s sixth-place finish.
UVa will remain on the road during the school’s spring break period to compete at the General Hackler Championship March 11-12 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.