RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University Golf team boasts the 15th strongest schedule in Division I, according to Golfstat, the sport's official ranking source.
"We have worked for years to create a schedule that the best junior golfers in the world would want to test their games against. Yes, it is really difficult when you have such a new group as we do this year, but I would rather them step up their games than just to make things easy."
In addition to the tough fields VCU has faced, the Rams have tested themselves on some difficult courses. The Black and Gold has played on two 7,350 layouts this fall, one a par 71, the other a par 72 course. In four fall tournaments, the shortest course VCU played was 6,950 yards at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. But even that was no picnic.
"Where we place the pins made it plenty difficult, as evidenced by 2-under par as the team winning score," Ball said. "When we get to the conference tournament at Pinehurst #8, another pretty stout golf course, we will be prepared to handle most anything.
"Our schedule is one very important part of the total picture for our program. Our new indoor practice facility, the Mercedes touring van, lots of great local courses to play, partnership with Cleveland/Srixon, first-rate golf specific fitness program and great support by the school, athletic department and local community. We have worked to put all the pieces in place to make VCU a destination golf school."
CAA Schools Strength of Schedule (top six)
Georgia State 66
William & Mary 98
George Mason 131