Rams finishes 11th at Grandover Intercollegiate tournament  

Daniel Puryear 
Contributing Writer

Golf competed in the Grandover Intercollegiate tournament last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The Rams finished 11th out of 12 teams with Adrian Vagberg and former Atlantic 10 Golfer of the Week Sachin Kumar leading VCU by finishing tied for 20th place.

Kumar has been a consistent pacer this season, finishing at the top of the VCU leaderboard and middle of the field in every tournament. The sophomore from Club Med Golf Academy in Florida was named A-10 Golfer of the Week after his performance in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament, where he shot three under par and tied for 22nd.

Vagberg hit his stride early at the Grandover Intercollegiate, shooting two under in the first round with Kumar following right behind at one-under. The entire VCU lineup shot worse in the second round, later in the day on Saturday, averaging five-over. An increase in wind speed seemed to affect the entire field.

Junior Alston Newsom, the senior-most VCU golfer, has been slowly but surely lowering his score each season. Newsom averaged 80.25 his freshman year and is leading the team with a 71.20 average his junior year. The Chesapeake native, however, had his worst tournament of the season this time around, finishing 87th and with an average of 10-over-par.

Freshmen Clifford Foster and Ian Peng played individually for the Rams and finished 20-over and 13-over, respectively. Peng, a Bishop Gates Golf Academy alum, shot an impressive 66 at Hilton Head last year.

The Rams finished their final fall tournament with Kumar leading at one-over in the third round and Newsom closing the VCU leaderboard at 10-over.

The only A-10 action Golf has seen thus far was in its initial tournament, the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, where Davidson and Dayton were both in the lineup. The Wildcats and Flyers finished tied for third at eight-under. The A-10 Championship is set for the end of the spring season, April 26-28.

The Rams have four months until their next tournament, the Banyan Creek Intercollegiate in Palm City, Fla.

 

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