May 4, 2017
Jimmy Stanger – For the 10th consecutive year the Virginia men’s golf team has received a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers were awarded the number No. 3 seed among 14 teams at the regional championship site in Baton Rouge, La. The tournament is hosted by LSU.
A total of 81 teams are competing at six regional sites May 15-17 with the top five teams and top individual (not qualifying with a team) advancing to the NCAA Championships set for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The regional berth marks the 21st time since 1990 the Cavaliers have competed in postseason play. Virginia is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 16th time in its history. Last year, the Cavaliers were fifth at a regional site in Franklin, Tenn., and went on to finish 22nd at the NCAA Championships.
The field for the Baton Rouge regional includes (listed by seed): 1. LSU, 2. Oregon, 3. Virginia, 4. Duke, 5. Northwestern, 6. Arkansas, 7. Jacksonville, 8. Kentucky, 9. South Florida, 10. Iowa, 11. Georgia State, 12. Jacksonville State, 13. Loyola (Md.) and 14. Alabama State.
Virginia is one of eight ACC schools participating in this year’s championship. The other ACC participants are: Florida State (Sammanish, Wash.) North Carolina (Stanford, Calif.), Wake Forest (Austin, Texas), Clemson (College Grove, Tenn.), Georgia Tech (Stanford, Calif.) Duke (Baton Rouge, La.) and NC State (Austin, Texas).
The Cavaliers enter the postseason ranked No. 18 by both Golfstat and Golfweek. ACC individual champion Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) is the No. 12 ranked player by Golfstat and No. 21 by Golfweek. Fellow UVA senior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) is ranked No. 63 by Golfstat and figures No. 43 in the Golfweek standings.