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Rusch Tied for Lead at U.S. Collegiate After Opening Round 66

Ben Rusch

Oct. 18, 2013

Alpharetta, Ga. - The 14th-ranked Virginia men's golf team is tied for third place after the opening 18 holes of play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship taking place at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. The Cavaliers shot 3-under 285 and are tied with third-ranked Texas A&M. Georgia Tech, ranked No. 2, leads the 15-team field on its home course with a first round score of 9-under 279. Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State is second at 284.

Virginia was led by senior Ben Rusch who shared the first-round lead after shooting 6-under 66. The 2012 ACC individual champion, Rusch opened his round with an eagle and added four more birdies during his day of bogey-free play. Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans shares the lead with Rusch.

UVa's other first-day scores featured a 72 by Denny McCarthy, a 73 by Ji Soo Park, a 74 by Derek Bard and a 75 by Nick McLaughlin. McCarthy is in 25th place while Park is 35th, Bard is 43rd and McLaughlin is 75th.

The U.S. Collegiate is considered one of the top fall tournaments on the college circuit. This year's 15-team field includes 13 teams ranked in the current Golfstat top-50 standings.

The second round of the tournament will include a live webcast starting at 3 p.m. EDT. The webcast can be found at The 54-hole tournament runs through Sunday.

Paired with Auburn and Iowa, Virginia will start its third round of play at 12:20 p.m. Live scoring is online at

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

Team Results
 1. Georgia Tech        279
 2. Oklahoma State      284
 3. Virginia            285
 3. Texas A&M           285
 5. Wake Forest         286
 5. UCLA                286
 7. Iowa                287
 8. Stanford            288
 9. USC                 290
10. Duke                291
11. Washington          294
11. East Tennessee St.  294
13. Kent State          296
14. Auburn              297
15. Clemson             299



Individual Leaders 1. Ben Rusch, Virginia 66 1. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 66 3. David Boote, Stanford 69 3. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M 69 3. Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State 69 3. Rhys Pugh, East Tenn State 69 3. Ian Vandersee, Iowa 69 3. Cameron Wilson, Stanford 69 3. Motin Yeung, Duke 69

Virginia Results 1. Ben Rusch 66 25. Denny McCarthy 72 35. Ji Soo Park 73 43. Derek Bard 74 48. Nick McLaughlin 75


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