Jan. 4, 2013

Men's spring preview: Atlantic 10 Conference
Golf Week Magazine
By Ron Balicki
January 3, 2013 6 a.m.
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It’s called the Atlantic 10 Conference. It is comprised of 16 schools. Of those, 13 have golf programs that compete nationally. Could get a bit confusing.

One thing that isn’t so confusing, however, is that when the time comes for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in April, Charlotte will be the team to beat - again.

The 49ers won six consecutive conference titles, from 2006 to '11. The string was snapped last season when Charlotte and Xavier tied for second, two shots behind surprise winner George Washington. Still, it would be good to remember that the championship was shortened to 36 holes due to weather. A full 54 holes and who knows?

Two newcomers enter the Atlantic 10 fray this season in Virginia Commonwealth and Butler, with VCU having the potential to make some noise.

Still, it’s Charlotte’s ballgame. Under the direction of second-year coach Ryan Cabbage, the 49ers appear primed to regain that conference trophy.