October 22, 2013

VCU’S FINAL ROUND FLOURISH CAPTURES ODU/OBX CROWN

Tournament: ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate (Kilmarlich G.G. - Powells Point, N.C.)
Course Info:
6,550 yards, par 71
Finish:
1st of 18 (Khara 2nd overall)

TALKING POINTS
  • Three Rams shot sub-70, and VCU blistered the field in Tuesday's final round on the way to a team championship at the Old Dominion/Outer Banks Collegiate.
  • The Rams shot 271 Tuesday, the best round by any team in the tournament, to catapult from fourth place and pull away for a nine-stroke victory over runner-up Maryland. VCU finished 9-under for the 54-hole tournament.
  • Senior Rocky Khara (-6) tied for second after Marshall's Logan Lagodich won a one-hole playoff that also included Jamison Randall of Old Dominion. Khara (70-68-69=207) fired a final-round 68 Tuesday to force his way into the playoff.
  • Khara's total score of 207 is the lowest by a Ram in a 54-hole tournament since Marc Dobias shot 206 at the Marshall Invitational Sept. 12-13, 2011.
  • Sophomore Steffen Harm and freshman Hanish Nagrani both shot 5-under 66 for VCU on Tuesday to spearhead the Rams' final push. The scores are the lowest round by either player in a VCU uniform and are the lowest rounds by a Ram since 2011.
  • Harm (75-69-66=210) tied for sixth overall, while Nagrani (75-74-66=215) tied for 19th. Meanwhile, sophomore Adam Ball shot a 1-under 70 Tuesday and placed 14th (74-70-70=214) for VCU.
  • Harm led the field in par 4 scoring (3.78), while Khara recorded 38 pars in 54 holes.
FAST FACT
VCU shot 271 in Tuesday's final round, the lowest score by a VCU team since the Rams shot 270 during the second round of the Palisades Collegiate Classic on April 13, 2009. VCU eventually won that tournament as well.
 
QUOTABLES FROM COACH MATT BALL
  • "We finally did what we've been doing in practice. I knew it was coming eventually. It just came at a good time. I'm not surprised."
  • "Rocky [Khara]'s consistency has come from understanding his own game and playing to his strengths and away from weakness. It's very mature. And once he gets to 100 yards in, he's very good. If he can get there without many hiccups, he's going to be alright."
  • "We knew that Steffen [Harm] was one of our best players based on last year. We just had to get him believing he was that good. He was outstanding. He played very, very well with minimal mistakes. We're happy to have him back to where we knew he could be."
WHAT'S NEXT
The Rams will return to action quickly and head to the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Oct. 26-27 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
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