George Washington Takes Fourth-Annual A-10 Match Play to Tee Off Spring Season
WESTON, Fla. – George Washington’s men’s golf won the fourth annual A-10 Match Play, earning wins over Dayton, Oakland and Florida Atlantic to claim the title.
A-10 Match Play serves as the tee-off to the Spring golf season for A-10 teams. The A-10 Preseason Poll, where the coaches select the predicted order of finish at the championship, will be released later this week.
The Colonials won the title with a 3.5-2.5 win over FAU in the championship match. Luis Preciado (3&2), Logan Othmer (2&1) and Logan Lowe (2&1) all won their matches for GW. The Colonials had also beaten Oakland 3.5-2.5 in the semifinals and Dayton 2.5-3.5 in the first round.
The fourth-annual event was played at the 6,910-yard Weston Hills County Club. VCU claimed the inaugural match-play tournament and last year’s event, while Dayton won in 2017.
St. Bonaventure placed third with a 4.5-1.5 win over Oakland in the third-place match. The Bonnies beat Morehead State in the first round, 4.0-2.0. Matt Abendroth (3&1), Brent Morgan (1up), Zach Chaddock (2&1) and Danny Gianniny (6&5) all had wins for the Bonnies in that first match, while Chaddock (5&4), Morgan (2&1) Gianniny (6&4), and Abendroth (3&2) earned wins against Oakland.
Saint Joseph’s was fifth, beating George Mason 4.0-2.0. J.T. Spina (2up), Michael O’Brien (4&3). Ross Pilliod (3&2) and Richard Riva (4&3) each had wins for the Hawks while Sam Jung (2up) and J.P. Miller (1up) had victories for Mason.
Dayton finished in fifth place with a 3.5-2.5 win over Morehead State. Blake Solomon (4&3), Domenic Maricocchi (1up) and Jake Gilkison (5&3) were victorious for Dayton in the final match.
FAU, Morehead State and Oakland, which are not A-10 members, participated in the event to balance out the number of teams in the field.
The 2019 Atlantic 10 men's golf championship begins Friday, April 26 at The Villas at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. The 11 A-10 golf teams will play 18 holes per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Practice rounds are slated for Thursday. Admission to the Atlantic 10 Golf Championship is free. The winner of the 54-hole event will receive the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.