LUTZ, FL - VCU topped Richmond by just one stroke to capture the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Golf Championship on Sunday afternoon at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida. The victory is the first A-10 Championship for VCU in the sport of golf and the Rams earn the Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
VCU carded a three-day score of 286-301-291—878 to edge its crosstown rival Richmond which shaved 11 shots off its second round total to shoot a 292-298-289—879 for the Championship. George Washington had its best round of the weekend on Sunday, scoring a 297 to en route to a 904 for the weekend which was good for a third-place team finish. Dayton finished fourth with a 301-306-310—917, while George Mason capped its first season in the A-10 with a fifth-place finish.
Richmond’s Danny Pizetoski took home individual medalist honors with a two under par performance for the weekend. Pizetoski was the only player to post multiple rounds in red numbers, carding a three day total of 70-71-70—211.
VCU had four players finish in the top seven spots on the individual leaderboard, led by Rocky Khara who finished in second-place overall with a 70-71-70—211. Adam Ball finished with a 220 to place fifth, while Enej Sarkanj earned top Rookie Performer of the Championship with a sixth-place finish. Matt Ball Jr. finished seventh overall with a 222 for the weekend.
Joining Pizetoski, Khara and the Ball brothers on the A-10 All-Conference Team was La Salle’s Mike Johnson, Kevin Yerks of George Mason, Joe Leavitt (Rhode Island), Jack Persons (George Washington), T.J. McNulty (Saint Joseph’s) and Josh Stauffer of St. Bonaventure.
VCU’s Matt Ball was honored by his peers as the 2014 A-10 Coach of the Year. Ball and his Rams will wait for the NCAA Selection Show to reveal their destination for Regional Play. The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live on May 5 from 10-11 a.m. during Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily morning news and lifestyle show.
Additionally, Morning Drive will be streamed live on Golf Channel’s website via Golf Live Extra at golfchannel.com and posted afterward on ncaa.com. The selections news release will be available on ncaa.com immediately following completion of Morning Drive.