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Dayton Picked to Win Atlantic 10 Golf Championship

Release: 02/17/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Dayton men’s golf has been selected to win the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship in the league’s annual Championship Poll, which was released Friday ahead of the start of A-10 Match play, which begins Monday, Feb. 20.

The Flyers garnered five first-place votes in the poll, which was conducted among the league’s head golf coaches. Dayton finished in third last year at last year’s championship behind VCU and Richmond, but led the first two rounds for the 54-hole event. UD returns four of its five golfers from that team, all of whom finished in the top 25 at the A-10 Championship. Dayton, led by longtime head coach Gip Hoagland, totaled 112 points in the poll.

Richmond, the runner up in the previous three championships, was picked second in this 2017 poll with 109 points, just behind Dayton. The Spiders received two first-place votes and are anchored by junior Matt Lowe, who earned a bid to the 2016 NCAA Regionals as an individual. Three-time defending champion VCU finished third in the poll with 100 points and two first-place votes. Jamie Clare, who finished sixth in the A-10 Championship last year, returns for the Rams.

Led by 2016 NCAA Regional participant Billy Walthouse, Rhode Island was picked fourth in the poll with 94 points and two first-place votes. George Mason was selected fifth with 78 points and George Washington had 60 points for sixth place.

Davidson (55 points), St. Bonaventure (36 points) were picked seventh and eight respectively. Saint Joseph’s, La Salle and Fordham rounded out the poll.

2017 Atlantic 10 Golf Poll

Parenthesis denotes number of first-place votes



Dayton (5)


Richmond (2)


VCU (2)


Rhody (2)








St. Bona


St. Joe's


La Salle




A-10 Team Match Play begins Monday on the Players Course at Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla. Seven of the 11 A-10 teams will participate, and each team will play six student-athletes. Teams play six matches, earning one point for victory in each match and one-half of a point for a tie.  The team with the most points will advance to the Championship side of the match play.  In the event of a tie the winning team will be decided by the most overall holes won collectively as a team. 

Teams were matched up based on the final Fall Golfstat rankings and are listed below:

First Round Matches

  • Dayton vs. Saint Joseph’s
  • George Mason vs. George Washington
  • Richmond vs. Florida Atlantic*
  • VCU vs. St. Bonaventure

The Atlantic 10 men's golf championship begins Friday, April 28 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.

*Florida Atlantic was added to the field to balance out the matchups.


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