The Virginia men’s golf team enters Saturday’s final round of play at the NCAA East Regional Championship in third place. The Cavaliers will need a top-five finish in the 14-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships. UVa used another solid day of play to keep its postseason hopes alive, shooting 7-over 291 at Galloway National Golf Club to finish the first 36 holes at 589. UVa’s second round score was seven shots better than its opening-round 298.
With conditions less windy than the teams faced in Thursday’s opening round, the field managed to produce better scoring across the board. Virginia’s Kyle Stough and Ben Kohles finished the day tied for fifth at 3-over 145. They are just three shots behind leader John Hahn of Kent State who used a 67 to move into first place at 142.
Kohles, a freshman, posted Virginia’s best round, shooting even par 71. Stough shot 73, the same as senior teammate Conrad Von Borsig, who is 16th overall. Will Collins and Bruch Woodall both finished with 74s. Collins is in 25th place at 9-over 151 and Woodall moved up to 62nd at 161.
Kohles was remarkably consistent during his round that included 14 pars to go with a pair of birdies and bogeys. Only six players managed to shoot under-par during the second round after no players could accomplish that feat on the first day of competition.
Virginia managed to stay near the top of the leaderboard in part because of its improved play over the course’s final four holes. During the first round the Virginia players combined to shoot 13-over on that portion of the course. Friday the Cavaliers navigated the same stretch at just 1-over.
Tennessee, ranked No. 20, finished the second round with a five-stroke lead at 583. Alabama, ranked 10th, is second at 588, one shot ahead of Virginia. No. 27 Wake Forest dropped back to fourth at 594 and No. 15 Illinois is in fifth place at 595. Colorado State stands sixth at 599. Clemson the region’s top seed and third-ranked team in the nation, could not make up any ground after a poor start and is in ninth place at 609.
The Cavaliers will tee off starting at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Live scoring is online at Golfstat.com.
In addition to the East Regional, there are five other regional sites that will fill the field for the NCAA Championships.NCAA East Regional Championship
Galloway National Golf Club
Par-71, 7,022 yards
Second Round Results
1. Tennessee (20) 296-287-583
2. Alabama (10) 303-285-588
3. Virginia 298-291-589
4. Wake Forest (27) 297-297-594
5. Illinois (15) 307-288-595
6. Colorado State (34) 311-290-599
7. Kent State (39) 312-289-601
8. Minnesota 314-293-607
9. Clemson (3) 310-299-609
10. Penn State 319-301-620
11. VCU 315-306-621
12. Coastal Carolina (47) 319-303-622
13. Sacred Heart 322-311-633
14. Columbia 355-317-672
Number in parenthesis is Golfstat rankingIndividual Leaders
1. John Hahn, Kent State 75-67-142
2. Darren Renwick Tennessee 71-72-143
2. Dan Woltman, Wisconsin 74-69-143
4. Kyle Stanley, Clemson 72-72-144
5. Hunter Hamrick, Alabama 74-71-145
5. Ben Kohles, Virginia 74-71-145
5. Scott Langley, Illinois 74-71-145
5. Kyle Stough, Virginia 72-73-145
9. Zach Barlow, Illinois 78-68-146
9. Bud Cauley, Alabama 79-67-146
9. Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest 73-73-146
9. David Holmes, Tennessee 73-73-146Virginia
5. Ben Kohles 74-71-145
5. Kyle Stough 72-73-145
16. Conrad Von Borsig 75-73-148
25. Will Collins 77-74-151
62. Bruce Woodall 87-74-161