Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M Athletics photo)
LIHUE, HI (February 16, 2017) -- Virginia didn't quite repeat the magic of their amazing Wednesday start of 20-under, but they continue to lead the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii at the 36-hole mark.
It was a true team effort for Virginia to fire 5-under today, as first round individual Jimmy Stanger, who shot 10-under 62 yesterday, saw his score jump to 74 which didn't count for Virginia. They were, in fact, paced today by their No. 5 player, Andrew Orischak, who really stepped into the limelight today with a 3-under 69. Orischak started the back nine eagle-birdie and shot 2-under 34 despite a bogey on No. 18.
For Stanger, it wasn't so much bad holes as the fact that he couldn't find as many birdies after a first round where he made 10 of them. He briefly got to 11-under after birdieing the first hole, but couldn't find anything after going double-bogey on the 4th and 5th holes.
Six shots behind Virginia, in reasonable striking distance at 19-under, is Texas A&M. They were paced today by Chandler Phillips (66) and Kavan Eubank (69).
The leading individual is now Phillips at 11-under 133. He is trailed by Stanger, at 8-under 136. Making solid moves off of rounds of 66 today to stand tied for third were Collin Morikawa of Cal and Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara. The pair are at 7-under.
ROUND ONE RECAP
LIHUE, HI (February 15, 2017) -- Maybe Virginia senior Jimmy Stanger was playing with a little extra confidence after receiving a sponsor exemption to next months Valspar Championship or maybe it was the excitement of teeing it up in Hawaii. Whatever it was Stanger was locked in on Wednesday as he turned in a program record 10-under 62 that led the fifth ranked Cavilers to the top of the John Burns Intercollegiate leaderboard.
Virginia, 20-under, as a team was nearly under-par across the board with four of the five players in the line up turning in subpar scorecards. Joining Stanger in red figures are senior Derek Bard (T2; -6), junior Danny Walker (T8; -3) and freshman Andrew Orischak (T14; -1).
Stanger started his day with a birdie on the first hole and never looked back carding 10 overall during a bogey-free round. The 2016 Southern Amateur champion turned in identical sides of 5-under 31's and he will carry a four shot lead into the second over Bard and Arizona's Jordan Gumberg.
The lead for Stanger is stretched to five shots over Texas A&M's Chandler Phillips and Arizona's Brad Reeves, both of whom are 5-under and tied for fourth.
Behind Virginia in the team standings it is No. 15 Texas A&M (-12) in second place, No. 23 UNLV (-6) in third, BYU (-4) is fourth and Santa Clara (-1) is fifth.
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