Feb 21, 2017
Tournament: Atlantic 10 Match Play Championship
Location: Weston, Fla. (Weston Hills, C.C.)
Finish: 2nd of 8
The short story: Senior Jamie Clare won all three of his individual matches over two days and VCU pushed Dayton to the limit in Tuesday's finale on the way to a runner-up finish at the A-10 Match Play Championship.
- VCU and Dayton played to a 3-3 tie in Tuesday's title match, but the Flyers earned the tournament title via the total strokes tiebreaker.
- Despite Tuesday's loss, the Rams acquitted themselves nicely. As a team, VCU shot a combined 12-under during Tuesday's final rounds.
- Clare, who was dominant during the tournament, toppled Dayton's Caleb Wolters 3 and 1 Tuesday. The Rams also received victories from Junior Osama Khan and freshman Alston Newsom.
- VCU advanced to Tuesday's title match via match play wins over St. Bonaventure (3.5-2.5) and Florida Atlantic (3-3, Rams advance via tiebreaker), which was the lone non-Atlantic 10 Conference squad participating.
- The tournament kicked off VCU's spring season. The Rams won the inaugural A-10 Match Play title last season and have won the last three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
- Clare was 3-0 during the tournament. He topped Patrick Sheerer of St. Bonaventure 4 and 3, as well as Ricky Hendler of Florida Atlantic 2up before rolling into Tuesday's match.
- Osama Khan nailed back-to-back 30-foot putts on holes No. 17 and 18 to help VCU secure the tiebreaker in its match with Florida Atlantic Monday.
Finals – Tuesday, Feb. 21
Dayton 3, VCU 3 (Dayton wins tiebreaker)
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Jake Gilikison, 1UP
Alston Newsom (VCU) def. Brendan Keating, 2 and 1
Phillip Johnson (UD) def. Alister Balcombe, 2 and 1
Jamie Clare (VCU) def. Caleb Wolters, 3 and 1
Nick Paxson (UD) def. Hanish Nagrani, 3 and 2
Tripp French (UD) def. Enej Sarkanj, 5 and 3
Second Round – Monday, Feb. 20
VCU 3, Florida Atlantic 3 (VCU wins tiebreaker)
Chris Thomas (FAU) def. Hanish Nagrani, 5 and 4
Sully Zagerman (FAU) def. Enej Sarkanj, 1UP
Jamie Clare (VCU) def. Ricky Hendler, 2UP
Alister Balcombe (VCU) def. Caleb Sibley, 6 and 5
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Brian Dolehide, 1 UP
Luke Campbell (FAU) def. Alston Newsom, 4 and 3
First Round – Monday, Feb. 20
VCU 3.5, St. Bonaventure 2.5
Hanish Nagrani (VCU) vs. Matt Abendroth, all square
Nolan Ditcher (SBU) def. Alston Newsom, 2 and 1
Jamie Clare (VCU) def. Patrick Sheerer, 4 and 3
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Brent Morgan, 1UP
Corey Long (SBU) def. Enej Sarkanj, 3 and 2
Alister Balcombe (VCU) def. Zach Chaddock, 3 and 1
The Rams will return to stroke play, and the state of Florida, when they head to the Seminole Intercollegiate, hosted by Florida State, at Southwood Golf Club March 10-12.