GW Golf Heads to Tampa for 2014 A-10 Championship
Colonials Seek to Continue Spring Improvement at Conference Championship
April 23, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - GW golf will put its spring strides to the test this week at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at the TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., from April 25-27. The champion of the three-day, 54-hole tournament will receive the conference's automatic bid to NCAA Championship regional play.
The Colonials will join fellow A-10 members Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's and VCU on the par-71, 6,898-yard layout at TPC Tampa Bay for the first time in since the league championship moved to Florida in 2006.
GW has steadily progressed this season under Coach Scheinost, shaving more than six strokes off its average team score from the fall to spring seasons (309.9 in fall, 303.7 in spring) while playing one of the A-10's most difficult schedules.
Heda, a native of Weston, Fla., paces the team with a 75.54 scoring average and .537 win percentage through nine events and 26 rounds in his debut season. His five rounds of par or better are also tops on the team, highlighted by a team-best and GW freshman record-tying 4-under 68 at the VCU Shootout in September, and he has a pair of top-20 finishes, as well.
Persons has a team-best three top-20 finishes this season, all coming within his last four tournaments, and he is second on the team in scoring average (76.28), win percentage (.502) and rounds at par or better (4) over 29 rounds at 10 events. This spring, Persons boasts a team-best 74.4 scoring average and .688 win percentage over 14 rounds. The junior from San Francisco will be competing in his third A-10 Championship after tying for 28th place (75-72-74--221) as a sophomore in 2013 and 11th (72-72--144) as a freshman on the Colonials' 2012 A-10 title team.
Helton, who will make his A-10 Championship debut, has enjoyed a breakout spring season with his first collegiate top-20 finish and a pair of 54-hole career-low scoring marks in his last three events. Helton is third on the team with a 77.69 scoring average, but he has averaged 75.4 strokes over his last nine rounds, including a career-best even-par 71 in the final round of the Bash at the Beach on March 12.
Farmer has played in all 10 tournaments in his rookie season, posting a 78.00 scoring average and three rounds at par or better, highlighted by a season-low 1-under 71 and hole-in-one in his first-ever collegiate round en route to a tie for 20th at the Adams Cup of Newport in September.
GW's top returning finisher from last April's A-10 Championship, Piela enters this year's event with a 78.29 scoring average over 17 rounds this season. He tied for 22nd place at 3-over 219 (75-71-73) as a rookie at the 2013 Championship, helping lead the Colonials to sixth out of 13 teams at 11-over 875 at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. GW won the 2012 title at 8-under 568 in a rain-shortened event at Heron Bay.
The Colonials will begin play Friday at 9:45 a.m. in the final tee-time grouping with Richmond and VCU. The A-10 and Golfstat will provide live scoring, and fans can also follow @GW_Golf on Twitter and gw_golf on Instagram for updates throughout the tournament.
One of the final two points in the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry series with local A-10 rival George Mason is on the line at the A-10 Championship. The Colonials, who currently hold a 9-8 advantage in the Rivalry, can clinch the quest for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy with a higher finish than the Patriots.