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Men's golf wins A-10, heads to NCAA Tournament

Team stages dramatic 8-stroke comeback to win conference for second time in last three years


For the second time in three years and the third time overall, the Xavier men’s golf team has won the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Musketeers shot a 4-over 288 during Sunday’s final round to erase an eight-stroke deficit and win the tournament by seven shots over second place Saint Joseph’s University. Xavier shot a three-round total of 895 on the NCR Country Club course in Dayton, Ohio. The Hawks placed second with a 902. Freshman Andy Pope led the Musketeers as he was the runner-up, falling one stroke off the lead with a three-round total of 216. He opened the tournament with a 1-under 70, then shot a pair of 1-over 73s. Miles Maillet helped Xavier’s big final day turnaround with a 1-under 70 on Sunday. He finished in 12th place with a score of 227. Neal Grusczynski improved by 10 strokes from Saturday to Sunday, to card a 71 in the final round in place 16th overall with a 230. Bryon Harger tied for 20th with a 232 for the Musketeers, and Tim Smith shot a 74 on Sunday to round out the Xavier scoring. Smith did not place overall after he and his threesome were disqualified from Friday’s round for finishing a hole after the weather siren sounded. After shooting a 299 in the first round and being tied for the overall lead, the Musketeers struggled on Saturday and were in third after the second round. XU’s two-round total of 607 put them eight strokes behind Saint Joseph’s. On Sunday, Xavier shot a 288, the low round of the tournament by seven strokes to take control. With the conference championship, the Musketeers will be invited to their second NCAA Tournament.