Virginia Men’s Golf | Cavaliers NCAA Open Championships ranked 17th

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Virginia’s No. 16 men’s golf team is tied for 17th place after the first round of the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cavaliers are making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships since finishing 10th in 2017.

Freshman Ben James led UVA through the first round by shooting 1-for-71. James was 2-under after his first four holes, but back-to-back bogeys on his sixth and seventh holes dropped him to 2-over. He played his final 11 holes at 1 under which included two birdies and a bogey, James finished the first round tied for 31st.

Fellow freshman Bryan Lee and sophomore Deven Patel each shot 2-for-2 and senior Pietro Bovari shot 5-for-75 to complete UVA’s player count. George Duanganee posted a score of 7 out of 77. Lee and Patel were tied for 47th, while Bovari was at 105 and Duangmanee at 130.

Georgia Tech leads the 30-team field after shooting an even par led by Ross Steelman’s tournament-best 6-under-par 64. Pepperdine and Arkansas are tied for second at 1 over 281. Only 18 of the 155 players in the field made it. shoot under par.

During the second round, UVA, Alabama and Texas A&M will kick off at 7:05 am MST from the first tee. The third round is repaired based on the team classification. Starts Sunday at 6:10 am MST.

After three days of stroke play, the field is narrowed down to 15 teams and the top nine individual teams are not on one of those teams for the fourth round (May 29) which will decide the individual champion. The top eight teams in stroke play advance to two days (May 30-32) of match play competition to determine the NCAA Champion.

Live scoring from the event is online at

NCAA Championships
Gray Hawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Arizona.
Par 70, 7,289 yards
First round results

team results
1. Georgia Tech 280
2. Pepper 281
4. North Carolina 282
4. Texas Tech 282
4.Vanderbilt 282
7.Florida 283
8. State of Florida 284
9.Georgia 285
9.San Francisco 285
9.Ill. 285
12.oklahoma 287
12. Ohio State 287
14.auburn 288
15. Texas A&M 289
15.BYU 289
17.Alabama 290
17. Duke 290
17.Virginia 290
17.Stanford 290
21. State of Arizona 291
22. Oregon 292
22.Red 292
22. State of Mississippi 292
25. New Mexico 293
26.Chattanooga 294
27. Texas 295
28. State of Colorado 296
29. East Tennessee St. 302
30. Baylor 304

individual leaders
1. Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech 64
2. Mateo Fernandez De Oliveria, Arkansas 66
2. Matthew Watkins, New Mexico 66
2. Cole Sherwood, Vanderbilt 66

Virginia Results
31. Ben James 71
47. Bryan Lee 72
47. Deven Patel 72
105. Pedro Bovari 75
130. George Duangmanee 77