Golf Finishes Sixth at A-10 Championship
May 1, 2011
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL -- The George Washington Golf team combined to shoot a 314 in Sunday's final round to place sixth in the 33rd annual Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Golf Championship at the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando.
The Colonials finished with a team score of 940 (311-315-314), 59 strokes off the pace set by Charlotte which won an unprecedented sixth straight A-10 title with a three-round 881 (290-293-298). The 49ers defeated runner-up Xavier (290-296-300--886) by five strokes. Xavier was one stroke better than third-place Richmond (887). Temple placed fourth with a 923 followed by Rhode Island (928) and the Colonials (940) in the 11-team field.
Colonials' team MVP, Andres Pumariega and teammate Brandon Rukin tied for low team honors Sunday after each carded 4-over-par 76s. Pumariega finished in a 12th-place tie while Rukin's third-round 76 dropped him into 21st place at 15-over in the 55-player field. Pumariega parred 13 holes on Sunday but managed just one birdie while scoring bogey or worse on four holes. After double-bogeying No. 8, Pumariega played the final 11 holes in one-over.
Rukin played the back nine at one-over Sunday despite double-bogeying the par-5 16th. Senior Brendan Barrack fired an 81 to move into a tie for 33rd and teammate Martin Liu shot his second straight 81 to tie for 38th at the par-72, 6,901-yard El Campeon course. Taylor Fuqua shot an 84 Sunday to finish in a tie for 47th.
"I'm disappointed we didn't finish higher and I know our guys are too," said GW coach Terry Shaffer. "I know we can do better. It was a grind and the guys are exhausted. We need to work harder at finishing all 18 holes. I know what we are going to work on as a priority moving forward and that is the short game. The course just renovated its Bermuda greens and we didn't handle them well. The course is in the best condition I've seen it but the undulations on the greens were extremely difficult to read and the guys really had to attack the hole to get the putts to drop."
Xavier's Herbert Day and Richmond's Nick Austin were tied after 54 holes, each with 214s, before Day prevailed after a two-hole playoff to win individual medalist honors.
The Colonials conclude the 2010-11 season with a 64-69 (.481) head-to-head record. Barrack, the team's lone senior, finishes his career with a 75.4 career stroke average in 111.5 rounds played as well as an individual head-to-head record of 2,233-1,122 (.665).