RAMS CLAIM RUNNER-UP FINISH AT A-10 MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

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.
 
FIRST TEE
  • 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.
NOTABLE
  • 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.
MATCH RESULTS
 
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
 
NEXT UP
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.