VCU DOMINATES ON THE WAY TO 2018 A-10 MATCH PLAY TITLE  

Tournament: Atlantic 10 Match Play Championship
Location: Weston, Fla. (Weston Hills CC)
Results:
VCU def. George Mason 5 ½- ½ (First Round)
VCU def. St. Bonaventure 5-1 (Second Round)
VCU def. Oakland 4 ½-1 ½ (Championship)

The short story: Four of VCU's six golfers swept through three matches undefeated and sparked the Rams to their second A-10 Match Play Championship in three years Tuesday.

FIRST TEE

  • VCU won 15 of 18 individual matches during the three-round tournament and four golfers, seniors Osama Khan, Alister Balcome and Daniel Stamper, as well as freshman Sachin Kumar each won all three of their matches during the tournament.
  • Freshman Kristian Tannum Donaldson won 1½ points for VCU during the tournament despite facing off against each opponent's No. 1 player.
  • VCU also won the inaugural A-10 Match Play Championship in 2015 and claimed runner-up honors last year.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU was facing long odds in Tuesday's final, but sophomore Alston Newsom birdied three of his final four holes to earn a half point over Oakland's Mark Norton.
  • Additionally, senior Alister Balcombe rallied to win holes 17 and 18 – after losing No. 16 -- against Thomas Giroux of Oakland and take his match 1UP.

NOTABLE

  • Senior Osama Khan is unbeaten (9-0) in three A-10 Match Play Championship appearances.
  • VCU has won eight of nine matches in three years at this event.  

RESULTS

FIRST ROUND

VCU 5 1/2, George Mason ½
Alston Newsom (VCU) def. Davis Soderberg, 2 and 1
Kristian Tannam Donaldson (VCU) vs. Eric Edwards, Half
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Jeff Wilson, 2UP
Alister Balcombe (VCU) def. Ellis Messian, 2UP
Sachin Kumar (VCU) def. Brock Kovach, 2 and 1
Daniel Stamper (VCU) def. Taka Nojima, 4 and 3

SECOND ROUND

VCU 5, St. Bonaventure 1
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Matt Abendroth, 2UP
Alister Balcombe (VCU) def. Corey Long, 2UP
Sachin Kumar (VCU) def. Danny Gainniny, 5 and 4
Kristian Tannum Donaldson (VCU) def. Zach Chaddock, 1UP
Brent Morgan (SBU) def. Alston Newsom, 5 and 3
Daniel Stamper (VCU) def. Nolan Ditcher, 5 and 4 

CHAMPIONSHIP

VCU 4 1/2, Oakland 1 ½
Alston Newsome (VCU) vs. Mark Norton, AS
Alister Balcombe (VCU) def. Thomas Giroux, 1UP
Daniel Stamper (VCU) def. Sean Niles, 2UP
Sachin Kumar (VCU) def. Chris Handy, 2 and 1
Osama Khan (VCU) def. Connor Jones, 1UP
Jake Kneen (OAK) def. Kristian Tannum Donaldson, 4 and 3