Men's golf cruises to 29-stroke win, smashes program records

No. 10 Cavaliers take Jim West Intercollegiate, post second lowest score against par in ACC history


Senior David Pastore left the Jim West Intercollegiate with the first medalist honors of his career as the No. 10 Cavaliers scored a historically dominant victory.

The No. 10 Virginia men’s golf team shattered program records to open the week, shooting a 45-under 819 to win the Jim West Intercollegiate in McKinney, Texas by 29 strokes over second-place Iowa State.

The three-round total was 23 strokes better than the program’s previous best — a 22-under 830 at the East Carolina Emerald Intercollegiate in 1993 — and was the second lowest score against par in ACC history. The Cavaliers’ second-round 21-under 267 was also the lowest scoring mark in team history.

Senior David Pastore shot a pair of 6-under 66 rounds to open and close the tournament, finishing in a tie for first with junior teammate Denny McCarthy by two strokes at 13-under 203. Pastore won the decisive one-hole playoff to take medalist honors for the first time in his career.

McCarthy surpassed his previous 54-hole best of 205 by two strokes en route to notching his fifth top-five finish this season. The junior All-American shot an 8-under 64 during Monday’s second round, improving his career single-round best by one stroke.

Along with Pastore and McCarthy, senior Ben Rusch and freshman Derek Bard also finished in the top-10. After entering the final round in fifth place at 8-under 136, Rusch shot an even-par 72 to finish seventh at 8-under 208.

Bard led the tournament after two rounds at 11-under 133. However, the freshman shot a 5-over 77 Tuesday, quadruple-bogeying his third hole. Bard finished 6-under par for the tournament, good for ninth place and his third top-10 outing in six collegiate appearances.

Freshman Jimmy Stanger rounded out scoring for the Cavaliers, finishing 26th at 1-over 217, while junior Ji Soo Park finished 20th at 1-under 215 while competing as a non-scoring individual.

Virginia will conclude regular season play April 19 and 20 in Raleigh, N.C. at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

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