February 13, 2012

RAMS SPLIT A PAIR AT THE MATCH PLAY

ORLANDO, Fla. – Junior Marc Dobias (Lausanne, Switzerland), sophomore Rocky Khara (Sebring, Fla.) and freshman Simon Taylor (Germany) all won both of their individual matches to lead Virginia Commonwealth University, which split a pair of matchups at The Match Play at Reunion Resort.

The Rams, playing in their first tournament of the spring season, got off on the right foot, topping Seton Hall 4 ½ to 1 ½ to advance to the winner's bracket. Dobias helped lead the way, defeating the Pirates' Brandon Park 1UP. Khara, senior Matt Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) and Taylor all won their matches, while freshman Adrian Parada (A Coruna, Spain) earned a half.
 
In the afternoon, VCU and Central Arkansas each won three individual pairings, but the Bears advanced via the tiebreaker.
 
Taylor was a winner for the second time on the day, downing Austen Moix 3 and 2. Meanwhile, Dobias defeated Pep Angles 2 and 1 and Khara finished 1UP on Chris Cooke.
 
The Rams move to the loser's bracket for Tuesday's final round, where they will face Villanova. VCU will tee off at 8:54 a.m.
 
THE MATCH PLAY

Reunion Resort (Orlando, Fla.)

Par 72, 7,155 Yards
 
FIRST ROUND

VCU 4 ½, SETON HALL 1 ½

1-Marc Dobias (VCU) def. Brandon Park, 1UP
2-Troy Spencer (SHU) def. Matt Ball Jr., 5 and 4
3-Rocky Khara (VCU) def. Derrick Kim, 1UP
4-Matt Smith (VCU) def. Gary Dunne, 4 and 3
5-John Dawson Neufeld (SHU) tied Adrian Parada
6-Simon Taylor (VCU) def. Marc Kunesch, 6 and 5
 
SECOND ROUND

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 3, VCU 3 (UCA wins tiebreaker)

1-Marc Dobias (VCU) def. Pep Angles, 2 and 1
2- David Morago (UCA) def. Matt Ball Jr., 7 and 5
3-Rocky Khara (VCU) def. Chris Cooke, 1UP
4-Josh Sims (def.) Matt Smith, 2UP
5-Antonio Costa (UCA) def. Adrian Parada, 6 and 5
6-Simon Taylor (VCU) def. Austen Moix, 3 and 2
 
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