April 29, 2012

DOBIAS, RAMS PLACE FOURTH AT CAA CHAMPIONSHIP

  WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior Marc Dobias (Lausanne, Switzerland) and sophomore Matt Ball Jr. (Richmond, Va.) each earned a top 20 finish to lead Virginia Commonwealth University to fourth at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship at the Wilmington Country Club.

Behind Dobias and Ball, VCU (+52) remained in the mix until the end, but saw eventual champion UNC Wilmington (+32) fire a blistering final round to pull away for the win. The Rams began the day five strokes off the lead, but shot a combined 303 over the final 18 holes of the tournament.
 
It's the second straight CAA crown for the Seahawks, who fired a tournament-low 4-over par 288 Sunday. Georgia State (+34) placed second overall, followed by Old Dominion (+51), VCU and George Mason (+53).
 
Dobias finished the tournament tied for fourth. He was the day one leader and remained in the mix until the end. The junior from Switzerland carded an 8-over 79 Sunday and finished 8-over (70-72-79=221) for the weekend.
 
A transfer from Midland Community College, Dobias owes his strong finish in part to his short game. Dobias was seventh in the tournament in par 3 scoring (3.17) and was 2-over on those holes for the weekend. He booked seven birdies overall during the championship and made par of 33 others.
 
Dobias was attempting to become the first Ram to claim a CAA individual title since Ted Brown in 2002.
 
It's the second straight year a VCU golfer has placed in the top five at the conference championship. Rocky Khara (Sebring, Fla.) and Chase Sargent (Orlando, Fla.) were second and fifth a year ago, respectively.
 
Day two leader Greg Matthias (+4) of host Delaware held off Davin White of Georgia State (+5) and Kevin Yerks of George Mason (+7) to earn the league's individual trophy.
 
Ball shot 75 Sunday and finished tied for 16th overall. He was 13-over (77-74-75=226) for the tournament and made par 35 times in 54 holes, fourth best in the field. Senior Matt Smith (Lancaster, Pa.), likely playing in his final collegiate round, fired a 2-over 73 and finished tied for 16th at 18-over (83-75-73=231). Khara (79-75-77=231) joined Smith in 28th, while Sargent (79-76-78=233) was tied for 37th.
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