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What a week it’s been for Jimmy Stanger.
First, he learns that he’ll play in a PGA Tour event near home (the Valspar Championship) next month. And then he goes out and lights things up in his next college event.
Stanger, a senior, was flawless Wednesday at the John Burns Intercollegiate, birdieing his first two holes and posting 10 in all in a bogey-free 10-under 62 in the opening round. That number obliterated the day’s competition at Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii, as the second-best score was 66.
The good thing for the Cavaliers? That score was shot by another Virginia player, Derek Bard. The senior also birdied his first two holes on his way to that 66. Overall, the No. 9 Cavaliers shot 20 under, good enough for an eight-shot lead over No. 25 Texas A&M through 18 holes in the Cavaliers’ spring opener.
But Stanger’s round was something to behold. The 62 set a course record and a new single-round scoring record at Virginia, as the previous mark (held by three players) sat at 63. Stanger actually co-medaled at Virginia’s last event, the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, as the team also tied for first that week.
Stanger, No. 12 in Golfweek‘s rankings, has three top-10 finishes this season and has yet to finish worse than T-11 in a tournament in 2016-17. Virginia is looking for its fourth win in five events for the season.
Danny Walker (T-8, 3 under) and Andrew Orischak (T-14, 1 under) rounded out the team’s scoring for the day.
The Aggies were led on Day 1 by Chandler Phillips (T-4, 5 under). UNLV, ranked 21st, sits third at 6 under, and No. 4 BYU is fourth at 4 under.