BALL LIFTS VCU TO NINTH AT BRIDGESTONE COLLEGIATE

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Matt Ball Jr. (Richmond, Va.) fired a final-round 70 and placed 14th to lift Virginia Commonwealth University at the UNC Greensboro Bridgestone Collegiate at the Forest Oaks Country Club.

VCU tied for ninth place with Mississippi State with a three-round total of 871, 7-over par. North Carolina captured the team title at 31-under, followed by Auburn (-24), Virginia Tech (-22), Michigan (-21) and Northwestern (-11) respectively.
 
Ball totaled 212 (72-70-70) shots during the 54-hole tournament. He finished 4-under on the 7,197-yard, par 72 course, 10 strokes off the pace of individual co-champs Blayne Barber of Auburn and David Lipsky of Northwestern.
 
Freshman Rocky Khara (Sebring, Fla.) placed 43rd a 3-over (74-72-73=219), while senior Mark Jargren (Helsingborg, Va.) was 51st at 5-over (72-74-75=221) for the Rams.
 
VCU has completed its fall season. The Rams will return to action Feb. 27-28 when they head to the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. for the Seahawk Collegiate.
 

UNCG BRIDGESTONE COLLEGIATE
Forest Oaks Country Club (Greensboro, N.C.), Par 72, 7,197 yards
TEAM STANDINGS
1- North Carolina (-31)
2-Auburn (-24)
3-Virginia Tech (-22)
4-Michigan (-21)
5-Northwestern (-11)
6-Charlotte (-1)
7-Toledo (+1)
8-Pepperdine (+3)
T9-VCU (+7)
T9-Mississippi State (+7)
11-UNCG (+9)
12-Kentucky (+13)
13-Minnesota (+15)
14-Michigan State (+25)

 T9-VCU (287-291-293=871)
14-Matt Ball, Jr. (72-70-70=212)
T43-Rocky Khara  (74-72-73=219)
T51-Mark Jargren  (72-74-75=221)
57-Chase Sargent  (69-77-76=222)
T62-Matt Smith  (74-75-75=224)
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