Reigning Champ GW Golf to Compete in A-10 Championship This Weekend
Colonials Aim for Repeat Performance at Heron Bay Golf Club in South Florida
April 24, 2013
Defending league champion George Washington golf heads south to Coral Springs, Fla., for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship at Heron Bay Golf Club from April 26-28. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is scheduled to begin Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. GW will be paired with Charlotte and Xavier and tee off at 10:30 a.m. in Friday's opening round.
It marks the second straight year the event is being held at Heron Bay, the home of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic from 1997-2002 and current site of the prestigious Dixie Amateur. The par-72 layout peaks at 7,268 yards with a maximum course rating of 74.9.
GW will be joined by 12 other A-10 programs vying for the 35th annual championship's title - Butler, Charlotte, Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Temple, VCU and Xavier. The Colonials were picked to finish sixth in this year's preseason poll.
The Colonials were picked to finish fifth in the preseason and seeded sixth entering the tournament in 2012, but set a 36-hole championship record 8-under par 568 to unseat six-time defending champion Charlotte and capture a rain-shortened A-10 title last April. The team's top four finishers were all in the top 11, led by runner-up, A-10 All-Conference performer and current assistant coach Andres Pumariega at 5-under 139. Sophomore Jack Persons, who tied for 11th at even-par 144, is the lone player to return from last year's five-man conference tourney lineup.
Persons will lead a young roster consisting of four A-10 Championship newcomers in sophomore Jonathan Dresnick and freshmen Howard Hickey, Carlos Pena and Steve Piela. Persons paces the Colonials with a 75.5 scoring average and a top 10 showing among two top 20 finishes through a team-high 29 rounds this season. Pena and Piela both have a pair of top 20 showings, and Hickey boasts one top 10 finish.
The Colonials are coming off their best team performance of the season with a sixth-place finish out of 21 teams at the Navy Spring Invitational this past weekend. Last spring, GW used a second-place showing at the Navy Invite to springboard to its first-ever A-10 crown and first conference title since claiming three consecutive Southern Conference championships from 1957-59.
The A-10 Conference champion will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Golf Regionals, May 16-18. The six regional sites are University Club in Baton Rouge, La.; Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.; Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.; The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.; Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.; and Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The 2013 NCAA Division I Championship will be held from May 28-June 2 on Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.