SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The No. 16 Virginia men’s golf team made the 15-team cut to advance to the final round of the NCAA Championships on Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cavaliers shot 3-over 283 during the third round for a 54-hole total of 14-over 854 to finish the day in 10th place.
Monday’s final round of stroke play will decide the individual champion and the eight teams that will advance to the match play portion of the tournament.
“Some of the guys on the team said that if you told them a week ago we’d be in this position, we’d be excited for the opportunity and I think they are,” said head coach Bowen Sargent. “Monday it will be a one-day shoot out. Hopefully, we’ll come out on the good side of it.”
Freshman Ben James once again led UVA by shooting 1-under 69. His three-day total stands at 2-under 208 putting him in a tie for eighth place. James’ round featured five birdies and four bogeys.
Classmate Bryan Lee shot 1-over 71 and has Virginia’s second-best overall score at 3-over 213. He will enter the fourth round in 28th place. Like James, Lee carded five birdies during his round.
George Duangmanee also posted a score of 71 while Deven Patel rounded out UVA’s counters with a 72. Pietro Bovari completed his round with a 74. Patel is in 55th place with a three-round total is 7-over 217 while Duangmanee stands 74th at 219 and Bovari is 94th at 221.
“Top to bottom, one through five, we played very consistent,” Sargent said. “It is one of the things we talked about leading into the week that you need all five guys in it. That is a good feeling.”
Illinois shot 4-under 276 to remain atop the leaderboard at 6-under 834. Pepperdine posted the best single-round score of the event, shooting 11-under 269 to move into second place at 837. Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman leads the field by four shots at 9-under 201.
UVA is just one shot behind Vanderbilt and Florida State who are tied for eighth place.
During Monday’s round the Cavaliers will be paired with Auburn and Texas A&M. Those teams will tee off from the 10th tee starting at 10:11 a.m. MST.
Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com. Live broadcast coverage of the tournament will be televised by Golf Channel from 5-9 p.m. ET.
Grayhawk Golf Club
Par 70, 7,289 yards
1. Illinois 285-273-276-834
2. Pepperdine 281-287-269-837
3. Florida 283-278-278-839
4. North Carolina 282-284-275-841
5. Georgia Tech 280-286-276-842
6. Stanford 290-286-274-850
7. Arizona State 291-281-279-851
8. Florida State 284-287-282-853
8. Vanderbilt 282-288-283-853
10. Virginia 290-281-283-854
11. Auburn 288-286-282-856
12. Texas A&M 289-285-283-857
13. Alabama 290-282-289-861
14. Georgia 285-291-288-864
15. Ohio State* 287-295-284-866
15. Texas Tech* 282-295-289-866
Top 15 teams advance to 4th round
17. Oklahoma 287-293-287-867
18. Arkansas 281-301-288-870
19. Texas 295-292-285-872
20. San Francisco 285-294-294-873
21. Colorado 292-287-295-874
22. Duke 290-300-288-878
23. Chattanooga 294-300-285-879
23. BYU 289-287-303-879
25. New Mexico 293-296-291-880
25. Mississippi State 292-295-294-880
27. Oregon 292-291-299-882
28. Colorado State 296-299-290-885
29. East Tennessee St. 302-297-286-886
30. Baylor 304-297-292-893
* Playoff Monday to decide 15th place
1. Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech 64-69-68-201
2. Neal Shipley, Ohio State 70-68-67-205
2. Dylan Menate, North Carolina 68-70-67-205
8. Ben James 71-68-69-208
28. Bryan Lee 72-70-71-213
55. Deven Patel 72-73-72-217
74. George Duangmanee 77-71-71-219
94. Pietro Bovari 75-72-74-221