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Dayton Wins Second-Ever A-10 Match Play Tournament

Release: 02/24/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

WESTON, Fla. – Dayton men’s golf, claimed the second annual A-10 Match Play event this week, earning victories over Saint Joseph’s (6-0) and George Washington (5-1) before besting defending champion VCU (3-3) in a total strokes tiebreaker in the final match on the Tour Course at Weston Hills Country Club.

Dayton earned victories in the final match from Phillip Johnson (2&1), Nick Paxson (3&2) and Tripp French (5&3). VCU kept it even with wins by Osama Khan (1up), Alston Newsom (2&1) and Jamie Clare (3&1). A tiebreaker gave Dayton, who was also picked to win the 2017 A-10 Championship last week, a 3up team victory.

VCU reached the final with wins over St. Bonaventure (3.5-2.5) and a 1up tiebreaker over non-conference foe Florida Atlantic, which was in the field to even the number of teams. Both Clare and Khan won ever match for the Rams, which won last year’s inaugural A-10 Match Play event and are the three-time defending Atlantic 10 Champions.

George Washington took third place with a 3-3 1up tiebreaking win over Florida Atlantic. Jack Porcelli (3&2), Yoo Jin Kim (3&2) and Christian Cichan (2up) earned wins for the Colonials.

Richmond edged George Mason 4-2 to take fifth place. The Spiders Ben Wanichek (3&1), Andrew Sciarratta (4&3), Keegan Hoff (6&5) and Matt Lowe (5&3) all earned head-to-head wins for Richmond. Mason’s Eric Edwards (1up) and Kyle Hart (4&3) were victorious for the Patriots.

This was the second annual Atlantic 10 Match play event, and it kicked off the spring season for a number of A-10 teams.

The 2016 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.

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