BALCOMBE, KUMAR EARN TOP-10 FINISHES AT A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP  

Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
Location: Orlando, Fla. (Grand Cypress Golf Club)
Course info: 7,024 yards, Par 72
VCU finish: 4th of 11 (+40)
Top Ram: Alister Balcombe, T5th (+6)

The short story: Senior Alister Balcombe and freshman Sachin Kumar placed fifth and seventh, respectively, to lead VCU to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.

FIRST TEE

  • Behind the efforts of Balcombe and Kumar, VCU (+4) recorded the lowest final round in the field. The Rams totaled 904 strokes (+40) overall in the 54-hole tourney. Davidson (+27) held on for the team championship, followed by Dayton (+33) and Rhode Island (+44)
  • Kumar carded a 2-under 70 Sunday to vault into the top 10. He shot 78-75-70 over three days on the way to his second-best collegiate finish. He recorded four birdies Sunday
  • Balcombe was in the hunt for the individual title for most of the weekend. He finished four strokes off the pace of individual medalist Mike Blasey of Davidson. Balcombe shot 72-76-74 in his three rounds
  • Freshman Kristian Tannum Donaldson shot 75 Sunday and tied for 28th for VCU, while seniors Osama Khan and Daniel Stamper placed 32nd and 36th, respectively

INSIDE THE SCORECARD

  • In two seasons as a Ram, Balcombe recorded two top-five finishes at the A-10 Championship. Balcombe placed second last year
  • Balcombe led the field in par 3 scoring (2.58), while Stamper was close behind in second (2.83)
  • VCU was even on par 3 chances in the tournament, eight strokes better than the next best team
  • Kumar recorded a team-high 35 pars, while Stamper led the Rams with nine birdies

VCU SCORES
4-VCU 303-309-292=904
T5-Alister Balcombe  72-76-74=222
7-Sachin Kumar  78-75-70=223
T28-Kristian Tannum Donaldson  78-79-75=232
T32-Osama Khan  80-80-73=233
T36-Daniel Stamper  75-79-80=234

ALL-ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS
Medalist: Mike Blasey, Davidson
Most Outstanding Rookie (Championship): Alex Ross, Davidson
Player of the Year: Logan Lowe, GW
Rookie of the Year: Alex Ross, Davidson

All-Conference:
Jack Lang, DAV
Caleb Wolters, UD
Domenic Maricocchi, UD
Tripp French, UD
Eric Edwards, Mason
Logan Lowe, GW
Dawson Jones, Rhody
Matt Lowe, Richmond
Kristian Tannum Donaldson, VCU
Alister Balcombe, VCU