BOWLING GREEN, Fla. – The Virginia men’s golf team tied its school single-round scoring record to grab the first-round lead at the Streamsong Invitational in Bowling Green, Fla. The Cavalier shot 21-under 267 during Monday’s morning round of play.
The afternoon round was not completed due to lighting in the area and darkness. It will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday When play was suspended, UVA stood atop the leaderboard at 38-under par. Jacksonville was in second place at 32-under.
UVA was led during the opening round by freshman Ben James, who used an eagle on his final hole to shoot 9-under 63 during his collegiate debut. That tied as the second-best single-round score in Cavalier history. James, the nation’s top-ranked junior player, had a bogey-free round that featured seven birdies in addition to his eagle on a par-four hole.
The last Virginia player to post a round of 63 was current PGATour professional Denny McCarthy. He shot that score at the U.S. Collegiate tournament in 2014. UVA’s lowest round ever was a 62 from Jimmy Stanger at the John Burns Intercollegiate in 2017.
When play was suspended, James stood at 15-under-par with three holes left to complete. His second-round score stood at 6-under with no bogeys.
The Cavaliers’ other first-round scores on Monday included a 6-under 66 from senior Pietro Bovari, a 4-under 68 from sophomore Deven Patel and a 2-under 70 from junior George Duangmanee. UVA’s fifth player, Chris Fosdick, shot 1-under 71. UVA freshman, Bryan Lee, playing as an individual, shot 68 in the first round.
The last Cavalier team to post a score of 21-under 267 was the 2014 team at the Jim West Intercollegiate at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. McCarthy led the squad that day with a 64. The group went on to set the UVA 54-hole scoring record of 45-under 819 with rounds of 273, 267 and 279.
Live scoring of the Streamsong Invitational is online at Golfstat.com.
Bowling Green, Fla.
Par 72, 7,276 yards
First Round Results
1. Virginia 267
1. Jacksonville 267
3. Texas State 272
4. Mercer 273
5. Florida Atlantic 274
6. North Alabama 276
7. Stetson 277
8. Lipscomb 281
9. Chattanooga 287
9. Winthrop 287
9. Ball State 287
12. Lipscomb (B) 293
13. USC Upstate 294