CLARE LEADS, RAMS IN THE HUNT AS A-10 FINAL ROUND LOOMS

Tournament: Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
Location: Orlando, Fla. (Cypress Golf Club)
Course info: Par 72, 6,794 Yards 

The short story: Senior Jamie Clare is still chasing his first collegiate individual win. An Atlantic 10 title would be a good place to start. Clare (-7) leads the field after firing a second round 70 Saturday. Behind his stellar play, VCU (-7) is currently second in the A-10 field and will try to reel in Richmond (-15) during Sunday's final round.

FIRST TEE

  • Clare, who opened with a 5-under 67 Friday, carded three birdies on the front nine and made the turn in 34 strokes Saturday as he maintained his hold on the field's top spot.
  • One reason for Clare's early success has been his play on the long holes. He is 7-under on par 5s in this tournament. He birdied three of four par 5 opportunities on Saturday.
  • Richmond built an eight-stroke lead by turning in, along with La Salle, the top team score in the field Saturday (288). While Richmond's lead is significant, it isn't insurmountable. In 2009, VCU overcame an 11-stroke deficit in the final round to top Georgia State for the CAA crown.
  • Additionally for VCU, junior Alister Balcombe is tied for ninth after shooting 74 Saturday. Senior Enej Sarkanj shot 72 for the second straight day and currently sits 15th for VCU.
NOTABLE
  • VCU is in search of its fourth straight Atlantic 10 title and the 14th conference championship in program history.
  • Clare is looking to become VCU's third consecutive A-10 individual medalist. Adam Ball captured the title in 2015 and 2016.
  • VCU has combined for 114 pars this tournament, which is tied for the most in the field.
VCU SCORES
2-VCU 279-290=569
1-Jamie Clare  67-70=137
T9-Alister Balcombe 68-74=142
T15-Enej Sarkanj 72-72=144
T25-Osama Khan 72-74=146
T34-Hanish Nagrani 74-74=148
 
WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will tee off in Sunday's final round at 8:15 a.m. in the final ground that includes Richmond and George Washington.