Men's Midweek Report: Virginia wins big
Welcome to Golfweek’s Men's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men's college news, April 2-9.
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now . . .
1. Virginia: The Cavaliers won their second tournament of the season in a record-setting performance at the Jim West Intercollegiate on April 8. The 29-stroke victory set the program’s tournament scoring record (45-under 819) and its second-round score of 21-under 267 was the best single-round score in program history.
2. UCLA: The 18th-ranked Bruins shot a three-round total of 9-under 835 at Chambers Bay on April 8 to claim the Redhawk Invitational by 3. It’s the team’s first victory of the season. UCLA was led by Preston Valder, who finished in third.
3. Mississippi State: A final-round ,7-under 281 propelled Mississippi State to victory at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on April 9 in West Point, Miss. The Bulldogs started the day in third by made up six shots for their first win of 2013-14 season.
4. Alabama: A strong final-round, 12-under 272 allowed Alabama to win the Mason Rudolph Championship on April 6. The nine-shot victory is the Crimson Tide's sixth of the season and first since their 11-tournament winning streak came to an end March 4.
5. Co-champs at Aggie Invite: 35-over 899 was the winning score between LSU and Texas A&M at the Aggie Invitational on April 6. The Aggies led after the first round, while LSU took over in the second round, which naturally meant they were supposed to tie at the top.
1. Grant Forrest, San Diego: The junior posted scores of 63-65-72 at Chambers Bay to win the Redhawk Invitational by three shots. Over the first two rounds, he had an eagle, 11 birdies and one bogey. It was his third win of the season.
2. David Pastore, Virginia: The senior tied with teammate Denny McCarthy at the Jim West Intercollegiate for medalist honors, but won outright on the first playoff hole. Pastore shot 66-71-66 at TPC Craig Ranch en route to his first collegiate win.
3. Brandon Hagy, California: Hagy surged to his third victory of the season at the Aggie Invitational on April 6. The senior from Westlake Village, Calif., shot 71-70-71 for a 4-under 212 total. It was a three-shot victory.
4. Greg Eason, Central Florida: The Englishman shot 66-71-68 for a one-shot victory at the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club on April 6. It was Eason’s second victory of the 2013-14 season.
5. Jack Maguire, Florida State: Maguire shot 10-under 203 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club for a seven-stroke win at the Mason Rudolph Championship on April 6. He shot rounds of 71-66-66. His 66 tied for the low score at the tournament.
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BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Alabama: Won, Mason Rudolph Championship
2. Georgia: Won, The Met Intercollegiate
3. Georgia Tech: DNP
4. Oklahoma State: T-4, The Aggie Invitational
5. California: T-4, The Aggie Invitational
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How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings fared:
1. Joey Garber, Georgia:T-4, The Met Intercollegiate
2. Robby Shelton, Alabama: T-5, Mason Rudolph Championship
3. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford: DNP
4. Brandon Hagy, California: Won, The Aggie Invitational
5. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech: DNP