Men’s golf places eighth in Gary Koch Invitational

Bryant Drayton
Contributing Writer

Junior golfer Steffen Harm finished fourth among individual VCU performers in the Gary Koch Invitational April 6-7. Photo by VCU Athletics

The VCU golf team competed in the Gary Koch Invitational April 6-7, at the Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, North Carolina. The Rams finished eight out of 15 teams, tallying a total score of 289 and shooting 25-over par. VCU’s plus-1 outing was it’s best of the spring.

VCU did not have anyone score in the top-15 for the first time since the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate on October 24, 2014, when sophomore Enej Sarkanj and senior Steffen Harm finished 19.  Sophomore Jamie Clare finished tied-18 with a three round score of 74-75-75, giving him a total of 224.

VCU was hampered going into the Gary Koch Invitational, as they were without top scorer and team leader, junior Adam Ball.  The Rams would go on to have their second worst performance of the season in his absence.

Ball, the A-10 co-player of the week with Saint Joseph’s Universities junior T.J. Summers, was acknowledged for his second tournament win of the season at the Seahawk Intercollegiate on March 30. Ball went on to shoot an even-par 216 and finished first out of 78 golfers.

Sophomore Enej Sarkanj finished tied for 35th, shooting a plus-6. The Maribor, Slovenia native finished with a three round score of 222 (74-75-75). Freshman Osama Khan finished tied for 42nd, shooting a plus-8. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished with a score of 224 (74-75-75).   

With little rest, VCU now prepares for the Irish Creek Intercollegiate April 11-12, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the Rams’ final regular season tournament before the A-10 Conference Tournament April 24-25.

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