ROCKY FACE, GA (September 11, 2016) -- The 21st ranked Virginia Cavaliers went wire-to-wire at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and won their opening tournament of the season. Virginia finished 31-under and six shots clear of No. 11 Auburn at The Farm Golf Club.
"It was a great way to start the year winning one of the most elite fields in college golf,” said UVA coach Bowen Sargent. “For our guys to shoot 12 of 15 rounds at par or better and to set the tournament record is so impressive.”
The Cavaliers placed four players inside the top-15 and they were led by senior Derek Bard who finished tied for second and one behind in the individual race.
Bard put together a closing 3-under 69 on Sunday that included seven birdies and thee bogeys. The day began slowly for Bard with a two bogey, one birdie round and he turned in 1-over 36. On the back nine Bard found his stride with four birdies during a six hole stretch. Bard did drop a stroke on the 16th but he was able to get it back with a birdie on the 17th.
Cavaliers sophomore Thomas Walsh came in at 8-under to tie for sixth while senior Jimmy Stanger and freshman Luke Schaap were 6-under in a tie for 11th.
Medalist honors went to Georgia Tech freshman Luke Schniederjans. Playing in his collegiate event Schniederjans, the younger brother of former Yellow Jacket and three-time All-American Ollie Schniederjans, finished 11-under thanks to rounds of 69-66-70. His final round 2-under tally was of the bogey-free variety and it included birdies on the 3rd and 12th holes.
Along with Bard; Schniederjans finished one shot in front of North Florida's Phillip Knowles and 36-hole co-leader Ryan Benton of Auburn.
The top-5 of the team standings was rounded out by No. 13 Clemson (-16) in third, No. 7 LSU (-12) in fourth and Georgia Tech (-8); No. 6 Florida (-8) in a tie for fifth.
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