VCU Wins Fourth A-10 Golf Title; GW's Logan Lowe Claims Medalist Honors
ORLANDO, Fla. — VCU won its fourth Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship, and its first since a three-peat from 2014-2016 with a thrilling finish Sunday at Grand Cypress Golf Club. George Washington’s Logan Lowe took medalist honors, finishing six under par.
VCU earns the A-10’s automatic bid to NCAA Regionals, while Lowe automatically qualifies to compete in regionals as an individual. The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Selection show, where VCU and Lowe will learn which regional they will play in, will air on the Golf Channel, Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00 pm.
The Rams finished three-over with an 867 (298-288-281), but had been neck-and-neck all day with Davidson, trading places at the top of the leaderboard constantly Sunday. The Wildcats had led the field after round one while VCU surged ahead after day two. The Rams took a two-shot lead on the final three holes on the final round, and managed to maintain that lead through 18. Davidson finished second with a five-over 869 (297-290-282).
Lowe, who also earned All-Conference honors, carded a 210 (74-68-68), including a hole-in-one on the par 3 fourth hole. The senior had a birdie on 16, and then par on 17 and 18 to break a tie for medalist. GW’s Adrian Castagnola had the tournament low round Sunday, shooting a 67 to tie for second with VCU’s Ian Peng. Both were in contention for Medalist, carding five-under 211s. Davidson’s Hoke Carlton and Jack Lang were also in the hunt for medalist until the final holes. Peng, a freshman, was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer and earned All-Conference honors.
GW placed third behind the play of Lowe and Castagnola, shooting an 877 (301-289-287). Saint Joseph’s had strong play from All-Conference selection Michael O’Brien (213). The Hawks finished fourth with an 886 (298-294-294). Richmond was fifth with an 888 (317-285-286) and Dayton finished sixth with an 890 (305-292-293). St. Bonaventure (895), George Mason (899) and Rhode Island (902) were seventh, eighth and ninth respectively, and La Salle and Fordham rounded out the team finishes.
An All-Conference selection, Carlton finished fourth with a 212, while Adrian Vagberg and O’Brien tied for fifth with 213s. Lang and George Mason’s Connor Messick both carded a 214 to tie for seventh, while VCU’s Kristian Tannum Donaldson, also an All-Conference pick, was ninth with a 215. Seven players tied for 10th place with a 220.
Lang, who entered the championship on the heels of a terrific regular season, was voted Golfer of the Year, and was named All-Conference. Davidson freshman Viraj Garewal was named Rookie of the Year. Davidson coach Tim Straub was voted Coach of the Year.
Joining Lang, Carlton, Lowe, O’Brien, Donaldson and Peng on the All-Conference team were Davidson’s Alex Ross, Dayton’s Jake Gilkison, Rhode Island’s Dawson Jones, and Richmond’s Ben Wanichek.
The All-Conference team, Rookie of the Year, Golfer of the Year and Coach of the Year are based on play throughout the year and are voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches.