GW Golf Surges to Third-Place Finish at 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship
Colonials Close Strong to Claim Third, Clinch Revolutionary Rivalry; Persons Named All-Conference
April 27, 2014
LUTZ, Fla. - The GW golf teamed mirrored its spring-long improvement on the final day of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at TPC Tampa Bay, closing with a 13-over-par 297 on Sunday to climb to a third-place overall finish.
GW entered the day tied for third in the 10-team field along with Dayton, but bested the Flyers (917) by 13 shots on Sunday to claim third outright with a 54-hole team total of 52-over 904. The final round 13-over 297 was GW's fifth-best overall total and score in relation to par this season, punctuating the team's marked improvement this spring.
The Colonials also further distanced themselves from fifth-place George Mason (922) to claim the deciding point in the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry series and clinch the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy for GW Athletics.
"I'm very proud with how we performed this week. We came in picked to finish seventh [in the coaches' poll]; we knew we were better than that and we showed it to the rest of the conference," said first-year Head Coach Chuck Scheinost. "We battled through some very difficult starts the first two days and I'm really proud with how the guys handled that adversity and managed to find a score at the end of the day. To put themselves in position to get up to third place on a very difficult setup, I can't be more proud of our guys today and how they have come along this year."
Freshman Michael Heda led the charge with his best round of the tournament, a 1-over 72, to climb six spots into a tie for ninth in the 50-player field at 12-over 225 (77-76-72). Heda registered two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to record his first collegiate top-10 performance.
Despite closing with a 10-over 81 on Sunday, junior Jack Persons matched Heda in a tie for ninth at 12-over 225 (75-69-81) and was voted to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team. Persons is now the eighth player in program history to earn all-league honors from the A-10.
Farmer carded 15 pars en route to a 3-over 74 to improve seven spots into a tie for 12th at 15-over 228 (76-78-74). Helton had 14 pars during a 5-over 76 and tied for 21st at 19-over 232 (76-80-76), while Piela made two front-nine birdies and came in with a 4-over 75 to tie for 37th at 27-over 240 (78-87-75).
VCU (878) edged Richmond (879) by one shot to capture the A-10 title and automatic bid to NCAA Regional competition.
Richmond's Danny Pizetoski was the only player under par on Sunday at 1-under 70 and captured the individual title by four shots at 2-under 211 (70-71-70). The par-71, 6,898-yard TPC Tampa Bay layout played to a 77.96 scoring average on Sunday and 78.45 over the 54-hole event.
Outside of winning the 2012 A-10 title, the third-place showing is GW's best since placing second in 2005. It marks the Colonials' best finish at a 54-hole A-10 Championship since third in 1999.
With no seniors on this year's roster and his first recruiting class joining the program next fall, Coach Scheinost is already looking forward to the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship. "Hopefully we'll use this experience to motivate us to go forward and prepare to put ourselves in a position to win next year."