PINEHURST, N.C. – The No. 16 Virginia men’s golf team is in fifth place after the opening 36 hole of competition at the ACC Championships at the Golf Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C. The Cavaliers opened Friday’s play by shooting 7-under 281 and then posted an afternoon round of 7-over 295 for a two-round total of even par 576.
The top four teams following Saturday’s final round of stroke play will advance to the match play semifinals. Georgia Tech leads the 12-team field at 13-under 563 while Wake Forest is in second place at 11-under 565. Florida State is third at 4-under 572 and Duke is in fourth place at 3-under 573, three shots ahead of the Cavaliers.
UVA was led on Friday by freshman Ben James who posted scores of 68 and 72 to finish in a tie for fourth place at 4-under 140. He is five shots behind tournament leader Michael Brennan of Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers Bryan Lee and George Duangmanee are tied for 22nd place at 1-over 145. Both players shot 70 during the first round and 75 in the second round.
Chris Fosdick occupies 42nd place for Virginia at 4-over 148. He had scores of 75 and 73. Pietro Bovari is in 49th place at 151. He shot 73 and 78.
The ACC Championships also determine the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash point in the all-sports competition between Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Hokies finished the second round in 12th place at 18-over 594. UVA currently leads the Clash 10-8.
UVA will be paired with Louisville and Duke in the third round. Those teams will tee off starting at 7:30 a.m. from the first tee.
Live scoring of the event is online at Golfstat.com.
Golf Club of North Carolina
Par 72, 7,301 yards
1. Georgia Tech 274-289-563
2. Wake Forest 275-290-565
3. Florida State 284-288-572
4. Duke 282-291-573
5. Virginia 281-295-576
6. Louisville 287-290-577
7. North Carolina 290-288-578
8. NC State 287-295-582
9. Notre Dame 292-293-585
10. Clemson 292-297-589
11. Boston College 300-292-592
12. Virginia Tech 296-298-594
1. Michael Brennan, Wake Forest 66-69-135
2. Jiri Zuska, Louisville 70-68-138
3. Hiroshi Tai, Georgia Tech 67-72-139
4. Ben James 68-72-140
22. Bryan Lee 70-75-145
22. George Duangmanee 70-75-145
42. Chris Fosdick 75-73-148
49. Pietro Bovari 73-78-151