Oct. 16, 2015
Alpharetta, Ga. - A year after shooting 8-under 64 during the final round to win medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, Virginia junior Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) picked up right where he left off in the first round of this year’s tournament. Bard shot 6-under 66 on Friday to hold a two-shot lead on the field after the event’s first round.
Thanks to Bard’s sizzling round, 22nd-ranked UVA finished the opening day of play in second place at 5-under 283. Fourth-ranked Florida State is one shot ahead of the Hoos on the leaderboard.
Bard totaled five birdies, one eagle and one bogey during his round. He won last year’s tournament by shooting 15-under 201, which was the best score in the nine-year history of the event. Bard leads Auburn’s Will Long and Wake Forest Cameron Young by two strokes.
UVA senior Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, N.H.) finished the first round in 17th place at 1-under 71 on The Golf Club of Georgia course. Sophomore Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) are tied for 36th at 1-over 73. Freshman Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) is in 48th place at 74.
The second round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship will take place Saturday and the final round is slated for Sunday. Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com.
U.S. Collegiate Championship
The Golf Club of Georgia
Par-72, 7,017 yards
First Round Results
1. Florida State 282
2. Virginia 283
3. Wake Forest 284
4. Auburn 285
5. Clemson 286
5. Georgia Tech 286
7. Oklahoma 289
8. Stanford 290
9. Texas 292
9. Mississippi 292
11. East Tennessee St. 293
12. Kent State 295
13. LSU 297
14. Oklahoma State 298
14. USC 298
16. Iowa 300
17. UCLA 303
Individual Leaders 1. Derek Bard, Virginia 66 2. Will Long, Auburn 68 2. Cameron Young, Wake Forest 68
Green Adjusting to New SurroundingsWrestling10/20/17A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a candidate to start at 157 pounds for Virginia.Butts' Bond With Benkert GrowingFootball10/18/17A redshirt junior from the Philadelphia area, UVA tight end Evan Butts has become one of quarterback Kurt Benkert's most reliable targets.Salt Evolving Into Pivotal PresenceMen's Basketball10/17/17A redshirt junior from New Zealand, 6-11 center Jack Salt has grown into a team leader for UVA, which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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