Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia men’s golf team competes at the ACC Championships starting Thursday at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Senior Thomas Walsh defends his individual title after claiming medalist honors last year at 16-under 200. That was the lowest 54-hole score posted in the history of the event. Virginia enters the tournament as the No. 9 see in the 12-team field.
Due to a forecast for inclement weather on Friday, the tournament format will feature 36 holes of play on Thursday, no competition Friday and the final round on Saturday. Competition gets underway Thursday at 7:30 a.m. from the first and 10th tee. The groups will not be repaired between the first and second rounds as there will be continual play over 36 holes. UVA is paired with NC State and Florida State for the first two rounds. Those teams will tee off starting at 8:30 a.m. from the first hole. Admission to the event is free.
Stroke Low Low
Golfer Events Rds. Avg. Rd. Tourney
Jimmie Massie (So.) 7 21 72.22 65 209
David Morgan (Fr.) 8 24 73.04 65 212
Andrew Orischak (Jr.) 9 27 71.63 66 206
Ashton Poole (Jr.) 6 18 73.78 69 215
Thomas Walsh (Sr.) 10 30 70.83 65 205
Follow: Live scoring for ACC Championship will be available online at Golfstat.com. Saturday’s round will be carried on ACC Network Extra beginning at 2 p.m. with Mac McDonald and Brandon Turner on the call. Follow the Cavaliers on social media at Twitter: @UVAMensGolf & @BowenSargent and Instagram: UVAWomensGolf.
The Field (with Golfstat rankings): Boston College (164), Clemson (19), Duke (9), Florida State (28), Georgia Tech (8), Louisville (21), NC State (24), North Carolina (23), Notre Dame (65), Virginia (56), Virginia Tech (101), Wake Forest (3).
This year marks the 22nd time overall that the league championship will be held at the Old North State Club. Wake Forest leads all schools with 18 league titles and 22 individual champions. Georgia Tech, which has won 15 outright ACC Championships and shared two more, has produced 11 individual medalists. North Carolina is third with 11 titles (10 outright), followed by Clemson with 10 (nine outright).
Virginia has never won the team championship, but was the runner-up in 1958, 1996, 2010 and 2012. Pete Arend won the individual title in 1955, Ben Rusch won it in 2012, Jimmy Stanger took the crown in 2017 (winning a one-hole, four-player playoff) and Thomas Walsh was medalist in 2018.
Last Year: The Cavaliers’ score of 24-under 840 was the best in program history at the ACC Championships, bettering the 2012 team’s total of 20-under 844. UVA shot 10-under 278 during each of its final two rounds. Georgia Tech took the team title at 29-under 835 while Clemson was second at 27-under 837. The Yellow Jackets won their 17th ACC title in program history and ninth in the last 13 years. Walsh’s 16-under 200 was a career best, the first individual title during his career, and the best 54-score in the 65-year history of the ACC Championships. Walsh had rounds of 67, 65 and 68. Senior Danny Walker was third overall at 13-under 203.
UVA in the Rankings
Virginia 56 53
Thomas Walsh 99 76
Andrew Orischak 115 145
The ACC Championships is the men’s golf matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash, sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics. In the sport of men’s golf, there is one point at stake in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash, the point rivalry series between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The school that finishes higher in the final standings of the ACC men’s golf championship will earn the point. Learn more about Virginia529 and the competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.