Second-round struggles lead to 10th-place finish for Virginia men’s golf

The Virginia men’s golf team finished in 10th place out of 15 teams today at the Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament in Charleston, S.C.

A bad day two performance set the Cavaliers back in this tournament. After finishing the first round in third place with a score of 281 (7-under), Virginia shot a round-two score of 295 (7-over) to drop the team back to eighth place.

This fall on the leaderboard was too difficult for the Cavaliers to overcome, as the team shot a 288 (even) in the final round to ultimately finish in 10th place.

Senior co-captain Jimmy Stanger was Virginia’s top performer in the tournament, finishing tied for fifth overall with a combined score of 209 (7-under). It was Stanger’s fifth top 10 finish in a tournament this year — adding to what has been a breakout year for the Tampa, Fla. native. Stanger entered the tournament ranked as the No. 11 player in the country according to golfstat.com.

Senior co-captain Derek Bard finished tied for second on the team and tied for 12th overall with a score of 214 (2-under). The tournament concludes an outstanding month for Bard. The two-time All-ACC nominee was Virginia’s top performer in the team’s three previous tournaments this March.

Finishing tied with Bard for second on the team and 12th overall was freshman Andrew Orischak. The 12th-place finish was Orischak’s best finish this year. Orischak — a highly-touted freshman who graduated high school a year early to compete this season — could be a player to keep an eye on for the Cavaliers this upcoming postseason.

However, Orischak was entered into the tournament as an individual competitor. His score therefore did not contribute to Virginia’s overall team score.

The Cavaliers will next travel to Gastonia, N.C. to compete in the Gary Koch Invitational from April 10-11. It will be Virginia’s final tournament before the postseason starts. The ACC Championships begin April 21.

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