March 14, 2010

JARGREN, NADEAU LEAD RAMS TO SIXTH AT PINEHURST

PINEHURST, N.C. – Junior Mark Jargren (Helsingborg, Sweden) turned in his best performance of the 2009-10 season, weathering a strong field to place 11th and lead Virginia Commonwealth University to a sixth place finish at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate at the Centennial Pinehurst No. 8 Sunday.

Jargren fired a 5-over 221, including a 2-under 70 in Sunday's final round. Sunday's 70 is Jargren's best round since he carded a personal-best 64 in the second round of the Palisades Collegiate Classic on April 13, 2009. He recorded six birdies on the day.

The Rams finished 29-over (294-296-303=893) during the 72-hole tournament, two shots behind No. 33 SMU and six shots short of UNC Greensboro and Penn State. No. 40 Virginia Tech captured the team trophy with a three-day total of 876, 12-over par. Old Dominion was second at 16-over.

Rams' senior Vincent Nadeau (Penhook, Va.) also tied for 11th, shooting 71-73-77. Senior Lanto Griffin (Blacksburg, Va.) was 29th (73-74-78=225), while sophomore Chase Sargent (Orlando, Fla.) finished 56th (76-76-78=230).

VCU was playing without the services of senior Rafael Campos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), who was competing as an amateur at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rican Open.

The Rams will return to action March 18-20 when they head to Goodyear, Ariz. And the Palm Valley Golf Club, to compete at the Desert Shootout.

TEAM LEADERBOARD
The Centennial Pinehurst No. 8 (Pinehurst, N.C.)
Par 72 – 7,009 Yards
1. [40] Virginia Tech (+12) 290-292-294=876
2. Old Dominion (+16) 299-289-292=880
T3. Penn State (+23) 288-292-307
T3. UNC Greensboro (+23) 296-296-295=887
5. [33] SMU (+27) 297-295-299=891
6. VCU (+29) 294-296-303=893
7. Michigan State (+31) 292-303-300=895
T8. Northern Illinois (+33) 301-298-298=897
T8. Eastern Kentucky (+33) 289-312-296=897
10. Radford (+34) 300-299-299=898
11. Richmond (+35) 305-297-297=899
12. Ball State (+38) 301-303-298=902
13. Belmont (+44) 303-303-302=908
14. Francis Marion (+46) 307-302-301=910
15. Marshall (+48) 301-305-306=912

6 VCU 294-296-303=893
T11 Vincent Nadeau (4) 71-73-77=221
T11 Mark Jargren (5) 74-77-70=221
T29 Lanto Griffin (1) 73-74-78=225
T56 Chase Sargent (3) 76-76-78=230
T73 Evan Boyer (2) 83-73-78=234

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