PENG STORMS TO FINISH AT NCAA REGIONALS, CAPS SIZZLING SPRING

NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional
Location: Murrells Inlet, S.C. (TPC Myrtle Beach)
Course Info: Par 72, 6,950 Yards
VCU finish: 10th of 14 (+15)
Top Ram: Ian Peng T14th (-2)

The short story: Freshman Ian Peng capped his outstanding rookie season with a blistering final round Tuesday to lead VCU in NCAA Regional play.

FIRST TEE

  • Peng, an individual runner-up for VCU at the Atlantic 10 Championship, fired a final-round 68 Wednesday to place 14th. Peng's finish is the highest by a Ram in NCAA play since 2010
  • Peng recorded six birdies and weathered a double bogey on 15 to climb 12 spots on the leaderboard. His 14th-place finish is the highest ever by a VCU freshman at an NCAA Regional
  • Behind Peng, VCU (+15) placed 10th among a loaded field. Illinois (-25), Ohio State (-20), Wake Forest (-15), Cal (-14) and UNLV (-8) advanced out of the Myrtle Beach field to the NCAA Championships
  • Sophomore Kristian Tannum Donaldson shot a 1-under 71 Tuesday for VCU and tied for 31st overall at 2-over
  • Freshman Adrian Vagberg (T55th), junior Alston Newsom (59th) and sophomore Sachin Kumar (T65th) completed VCU's starting five

VCU SCORES
10-VCU  301-291-287=879
T14-Ian Peng  74-72-68=214
T31-Kristian Tannum Donaldson  75-72-71=218
T55-Adrian Vagberg  77-73-73=223
59-Alston Newsom  76-74-75=225
T65-Sachin Kumar  76-79-76=231

INSIDE THE SCORECARD

  • Peng's final round effort was one stroke shy of the best-ever by a Ram in NCAA play. Ryan Zylstra (2002) and Steffen Harm (2015) previously shot 67
  • Peng's spring season included four top-20 finishes. He recorded 13 rounds of par or better for the Rams in 2018-19, most on the team
  • Vagberg recorded two eagles in the tournament
  • Peng's 37 pars were among the most in the field

NEXT UP
VCU's 2018-19 season is complete. There are no seniors on this year's roster.