TANNUM DONALDSON FLIRTS WITH TITLE, LEADS VCU IN SPRING OPENER  

Tournament: UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate
Location: Palm City, Fla. (Martin Downs Golf Club – Osprey Course)
Course info: Par 72, 6,802 yards
VCU finish: 5th of 13 (+5)
Top Ram: Kristian Tannum Donaldson 2nd (-8)

The short story: Sophomore Kristian Tannum Donaldson used a pair of blistering early rounds to grab runner-up honors and lead VCU at its spring opener this week in Palm City, Fla.

FIRST TEE

  • Tannum Donaldson opened the tournament with back-to-back 5-under 67s on Sunday and Monday before closing with a 74 Tuesday morning. It's his highest finish in a tournament as a Ram. UNC Greensboro's Nick Lyerly (-9) captured individual medalist honors
  • Freshman Ian Peng also turned in the best performance of his young VCU career. He earned a share of 17th after shooting 74-71-72
  • VCU placed 5th overall in the field at 5-over for the 54-hole event. Host UNC Greensboro (-14) ran to a six-stroke victory over Mercer (-8). James Madison (-5) placed third, followed by Chattanooga (-1)
  • Freshmen Cam Barackman (28th) and Adrian Vagberg (43rd), as well as sophomore Sachin Kumar (60th), rounded out VCU's top five. Freshman Clifford Foster shot a second-round 70 and tied for 36th overall as an individual competitor

VCU SCORES (TEAM)

5

VCU

295

281

293

869

2

Kristian Tannum Donaldson (4)

67

67

74

208

T17

Ian Peng (3)

74

71

72

217

T28

Cam Berackman (5)

77

72

71

220

T43

Adrian Vagberg (2)

77

71

77

225

T60

Sachin Kumar (1)

79

77

76

232

 INDIVIDUALS

T36

Clifford Foster (VCU)

76

70

76

222

T71

Alston Newsom (VCU)

82

74

80

236

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Tannum Donaldson led the field with 16 birdies. He ranks second in par 4 scoring (3.97) and tied for sixth in on par 5s (4.50)
  • VCU's top five totaled 47 birdies in the tournament, and Foster registered an eagle in Monday's second round on hole No. 3, a 482-yard par 5

NEXT UP
VCU returns to action March 4-5 at the Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club in Florda.