RENO, Nev. – After posting an impressive individual win last week at the Badger Invite, Nevada sophomore Joey Vrzich finds himself ranked as the No. 1 player in collegiate men’s golf by Golfweek.
Vrzich earned a rating of 64.66 from Golfweek after his first event of the season. In the field at the Badger Invite, he finished ahead of three top 25 players, seven in the top 50 and 10 in the top 100. He is the only player from a mid-major program ranked in the top 10 and is one of just three ranked in the top 25. On the team side, Nevada currently holds the No. 22 ranking and is the third-highest ranking mid-major behind Illinois State and UNLV.
Golfweek’s rating system is based on a mathematical formula that uses a player's won-lost-tied record against other players when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those players, then links all players to one another based on common opponents.
During last week’s tournament, Vrzich tied the tournament course record on Tuesday with a final round of 65, which also set a career low for the southern California native. He began the day one shot back of the 36-hole leader and traded the lead back and forth until he reached the back nine. Vrzich played the final nine holes at 6-under par, which included a sequence of birdie, birdie, par, eagle, birdie, birdie on holes 10-15.
With all three of his rounds for the week under par, he finished the event at 13-under par, three shots better than runner-up Lachlan Barker of Iowa State. Vrzich’s win was the second individual win for the Wolf Pack in the last two seasons.
Nevada returns to the course Sept. 25-26 for the Husky Invitational at Aldarra Golf Course in Sammamish, Wash.