BURLINGTON, Iowa – Freshman Matt Ball Jr. (Richmond, Va.) fired a final-round 69 and finished 2-under par to lead VCU against a loaded field at the Golfweek Conference Challenge Tuesday at the Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

Ball tied for 17th overall with a three-round total of 214 (73-72-69) in his first collegiate tournament. The Rams placed 15th in the team standings with a total of 903 strokes (306-301-296).

Host Iowa (-31) dominated the tournament to run away with a 15-stroke victory over N.C. State (-16), followed by Liberty (-9), New Mexico (-6) and Baylor (-5), respectively.
|Junior Chase Sargent (Orlando, Fla.) followed ball in 51st place for the Rams at 9-over (73-79-73=225), while senior Mark Jargren (Helsingborg, Sweden) and juniors Matt Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) and Davis Garner (Washington Terrace, Utah) were 64th, 68th and 70th, respectively.
The Black and Gold return to the links when it hosts the VCU Shootout Sept. 27-28 at Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Va. The Rams will host a field that includes Charlotte, Richmond, East Carolina, Iowa State, James Madison, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Liberty, Virginia Tech, Mercer, Wake Forest, Old Dominion and Wichita State  

Spirit Hollow Golf Course (Par 72, 7,360 yards), Burlington, Iowa

Final Team Standings
1-Iowa (-31)
2-N.C. State (-16)
3-Liberty (-9)
4-New Mexico (-6)
5-Baylor (-5)
6-Campbell (-3)
7-San Francisco (+6)
8-Southeastern Louisiana (+7)
9-Middle Tennessee State (+8)
10-East Carolina (+18)
11-UC Irvine (+20)
12-Nevada (+23)
13-Eastern Michigan (+26)
14-Furman (+34)
15-VCU (+39) 

VCU 306-301-296=903
T17-Matt Ball, Jr. 73-72-69=214
T51-Chase Sargent 73-79-73=225
64-Mark Jargren 82-72-77=231
68-Matt Smith 79-78-77=234
T70-Davis Garner 81-79-77=237