VCU OUTLASTS DAVIDSON TO CAPTURE 2019 ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP  

Atlantic 10 Conference Championship – Final Round
Location: Orlando, Fla. (Cypress Golf Club)
Course info: Par 72, 7,024 Yards
VCU finish: 1st (+3)
Top Ram: Ian Peng T2nd (-5)

The short story: Three Rams shot 69 or better, including freshman Ian Peng, as VCU outlasted Davidson to claim the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference title by two strokes Sunday in Orlando. It's VCU's fourth A-10 crown in seven seasons and first since 2016.

FIRST TEE

  • VCU combined to shoot a 7-under 281 Sunday, the lowest round by any team all weekend, to keep Davidson at bay. The Rams entered the day with a 1-stroke advantage over the Wildcats. Davidson briefly grabbed the lead Sunday, but the Rams surged down the stretch. As a team, VCU combined for 16 birdies on the back nine
  • Peng was in contention for an individual title for much of the day and shot 69 Sunday. He finished tied for second at 5-under, one stroke behind George Washington's Logan Lowe (-6)
  • Freshman Adrian Vagberg also carded a 3-under 69 Sunday for VCU and tied for fifth overall. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristian Tannum Donaldson shot 68 for the Black and Gold and claimed ninth place at 1-under
  • Davidson (+5) shot 282 Sunday, but fell short in its bid for a second straight A-10 title. George Washington (+13), Saint Joseph's (+22) and Richmond (+24) completed the top five

VCU SCORES
1-VCU  298-288-281=867
T2-Ian Peng 74-68-69=211
T5-Adrian Vagberg 74-70-69=213
9-Kristian Tannum Donaldson 73-74-68=215
T33-Sachin Kumar 77-78-75=230
T33-Alston Newsom 79-76-75=230

FAST FACTS

  • All five of VCU's starters are underclassmen
  • Sunday's win marks VCU's 14th conference championship in program history and earns the Rams the 12th NCAA appearance in school history
  • The Rams have won eight conference titles under the direction of Head Coach Matt Ball: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 (CAA); 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 (A-10)

INSIDE THE SCORECARD

  • VCU led the field with 51 birdies
  • Peng led all players in par 5 scoring. He was 7-under on par 5 holes in the tournament
  • Peng recorded a team-best 14 birdies, including six Sunday, and an eagle in the tournament
  • Tannum Donaldson birdied seven times Sunday

NEXT UP
VCU will move onto the NCAA Golf Regionals May 13-15. The Rams will learn their destination during the NCAA Selection Show, which will air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 on Golf Channel's Golf Central, as well as online on the Golf Channel website.

ATLANTIC 10 HONORS

Medalist
Logan Lowe, George Washington

Most Outstanding Rookie Performer
Ian Peng, VCU

Rookie of the Year
Viraj Garewal, Davidson

Golfer of the Year
Jack Lang, Davidson

Coach of the Year
Tim Straub, Davidson

All-Conference
Hoke Carlton, Davidson
Jack Lang, Davidson
Alex Ross, Davidson
Jake Gilkison, Dayton
Logan Lowe, George Washington
Dawson Jones, Rhode Island
Ben Wanichek, Richmond
Michael O'Brien, Saint Joseph's
Kristian Tannum Donaldson, VCU
Ian Peng, VCU