For the second time in three years and the third time overall, the Xavier mens golf team has won the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Musketeers shot a 4-over 288 during Sundays final round to erase an eight-stroke deficit and win the tournament by seven shots over second place Saint Josephs 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 Xaviers 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 Fridays 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. XUs two-round total of 607 put them eight strokes behind Saint Josephs.
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.