ORLANDO, Fla.— VCU won its third straight Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship title Sunday, carding a 292 in the final round to outlast Richmond and Dayton at Grand Cypress Resort. The three teams entered the day separated by just three strokes.
The Rams, who earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, had a three-day total of 882 and were led by individual medalist Adam Ball. The senior finished with a four-under 212 (73-70-69) to claim his second straight A-10 medalist honor. Steffen Harm, who was named to the All-Conference team along with Ball, finished second, shooting a 218 (75-71-72). In all, VCU had three players in the top 10 and four in the top 30.
Dayton led the field entering Sunday’s final round by one stroke over VCU, while Richmond was three strokes off the lead. All-Conference honoree David Germann sparked the Spiders with an even par score Sunday and an overall tally of 219 (73-74-72). Richmond passed Dayton and kept pace with VCU, but never got the opportunity to surpass the defending champions. The Flyers closed out the round in third with an 896, just behind the second-place Spiders at 889. Richmond coach Adam Decker was voted A-10 Coach of the Year by his peers for the Spiders’ performance during the regular season and at the championship.
Germann was tied for third overall with George Mason’s Eric Edwards, who shot a 219 (72-72-75) and was also named All-Conference. The 2016 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, Jack Lang of Davidson, had his best score of the championship Sunday to finish fifth with a 221 (76-75-70). Jamie Clare, another All-Conference honoree, was VCU’s third top 10 finisher, shooting a 222 (76-76-70).
Six other players were tied for seventh, and five other players were voted All-Conference by the coaches. David Sargent of Davidson, Tripp French of Dayton, George Washington’s Logan Lowe, Rhode Island’s Billy Walthouse and Matthew Lowe of Richmond also earned All-Conference. Logan Lowe was the lone freshman on the team.
George Washington finished fourth with a 909 and Fordham was fifth with a 912. Rhode Island surged over the final two days, erasing a difficult round one score and finishing in sixth with a 913. George Mason was seventh (916) and La Salle eighth (919). Saint Joseph’s, Davidson and St. Bonaventure wrapped up the team finishes respectively.
Dayton’s Thomas Goss carded Sunday’s only eagle, increasing the total number of tournament eagles to six. No player had more than one.
VCU will learn where it will compete in the NCAA Regionals on Thursday when the pairings are announced on the Golf Channel at 9:30 am.