UVA golfer Derek Bard wins U.S. Collegiate title

uva-logo-new2Sophomore Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) shot 8-under 64 to run away with the individual title and help the 25th-ranked UVA men’s golf team to a second-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Atlanta.

Bard overtook teammate Denny McCarthy (Rockville, Md.) during the final round to win the tournament at 15-under 201.  His final round effort matched his low 18-hole total as a collegiate and his tournament total was a new personal best. The win was the first in Bard’s career and his sixth top-10 finish in 14 career tournaments. His previous best outing was a runner-up effort at the Palmetto Intercollegiate last spring.

Bard got off to a quick start with an eagle on the par-5, 542-yard first hole. He added six birdies during his round that was bogey free. Bard recorded just two bogeys during his 54 holes of play.

Bard’s 54-hole total of 201 ranks as the third lowest in UVa history. Ben Kohles set the UVa tournament scoring mark with an 18-under 198 at The Schenkel in 2012. In 2001, current PGA Tour professional Steve Marino shot 200 at The Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

McCarthy, who opened the tournament by tying the UVa single-round scoring record with a 9-under 63, shot even par 72 for the second consecutive day. He was the runner-up at 9-under 207. It marked the second consecutive tournament McCarthy has placed second. He was the runner-up at the rain-shortened Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate last weekend.

Virginia finished one shot behind ninth-ranked Texas in the hunt for the team title. Both schools shot 11-under 277 during Sunday’s final round. The Longhorns finished at 21-under 843 while the Cavaliers’ 844 was their low result of the season. lsu finished third at 857. The event’s 15-team field included 11 teams currently ranked in the top-30 of the latest Golfstat poll.

UVa freshman Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) finished 24th at 217, his lowest tournament score, including a 2-under 70 on Sunday. Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) was 59th at 224 and Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) was 65th at 226. Stanger shot 71 during the final round while McLaughlin finished with a 78.

The Cavaliers will open the spring portion of their schedule on Feb. 18 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Kauai, Hawaii.

U.S. Collegiate Championship
The Golf Club of Georgia
Alpharetta, Ga.
Par-72, 7,017 yards
Final Results

Team Results

  1. Texas               278-288-277-843
  2. Virginia            272-295-277-844
  3. LSU                 296-279-282-857
  4. Wake Forest         288-284-286-858
  5. UCLA                287-294-279-860
  6. Auburn              286-289-286-861
  7. Georgia Tech        296-285-281-862
  8. Washington          290-290-282-862
  9. Texas A&M           281-289-293-863
  10. Clemson             294-290-284-868
  11. Iowa                291-289-289-869
  12. East Tennessee St.  286-292-297-875
  13. Stanford            283-293-300-876
  14. OklahomaState      290-286-304-880
  15. Kent State          304-296-292-892

 

Individual Leaders

  1. Derek Bard, Virginia          66-71-64-201
  2. Denny McCarthy, Virginia      63-72-72-207
  3. Cody Proveaux, Clemson        73-67-69-209
  4. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington   67-75-67-209
  5. Gavin Hall, Texas             67-75-67-209

 

Virginia Results

  1. Derek Bard       66-71-64-201
  2. Denny McCarthy   63-72-72-207
  3. Danny Walker     72-75-70-217
  4. Jimmy Stanger    76-77-71-224
  5. Nick McLaughlin  71-77-78-226

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