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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 9:28 p.m.

Men’s golf has best showing of fall season

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Alex Kist.

Led by senior Graham Lawyer’s career-low of three-under 68, the men’s golf team fired its best overall score of the fall season on the final day of the Old Dominion/OBX Collegiate Tournament.

Delaney Walsh | Photo Editor

Delaney Walsh | Photo Editor

The Tuesday total of 285 was also the Colonials best round since they shot back-to-back scores of 284 to win the Atlantic 10 Championship two years ago. Even with the strong round-three showing, scores of 308 and 298 over the first two rounds pushed the Colonials to the back of the pack with a T-14 finish out of 18 teams.

“I’m very proud of how our guys played this week, we made some great stride as a program,” head coach Chuck Scheinost said in a press release. “We put ourselves in much better positions to score this week and gave ourselves good looks with solid wedge play. The difference between yesterday and today is we started to see some of those putts fall.”

VCU took home the tournament title with a three-round score of 843 (294, 278, 271).

Adding to first and second round scores of 82 and 73, respectively, Lawyer finished T-54 – second on the team behind freshman Michael Heda who carded a three-round total of 215 for a T-19 finish. His two rounds of 71 in the first and final rounds were the second and third time the rookie has shot par or better this season.

“Michael played solid all week. He once again led the team in playing smart golf – finding fairways and greens,” Scheinost added.

In addition to Lawyer’s and Heda’s successes, sophomore Michael Helton finished with scores of 77 and 73, also a career low, to keep the Colonials tied with conference rival George Mason in stroke play. Junior Jack Persons also shot a 2-over 73 on Tuesday to finish T-56 at 11-over 224 (75-76-73).

GW returns to competition in Greenville, N.C. this week for ECU’s Pirate Intercollegiate from Oct. 28 to 29.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Terry Shaffer out as golf head coach

Athletic director Patrick Nero, above, now has dismissed four head coaches since coming to GW two years ago. Golf head coach Terry Shaffer was dismissed, the Department of Athletics announced Thursday. Hatchet File Photo

GW will not renew golf head coach Terry Shaffer’s contract, the Department of Athletics announced Thursday.

Shaffer, last year’s Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year,  just completed his fifth season as head coach of the program. The alumnus led the Colonials to a conference championship last spring.

The team finished sixth in the A-10 tournament last weekend.

A player, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the team learned the news in a meeting Wednesday.

Shaffer is the fourth head coach athletic director Patrick Nero has let go since coming on board two years ago. Former men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs, former women’s basketball coach Mike Bozeman and former baseball coach Steve Mrowka were all dismissed under Nero.

“I want to thank Terry for his five years as head coach of our golf program,” Nero said in a release. “We wish him the best in the future.”

The department will immediately begin a search for Shaffer’s successor.

Shaffer helped lead the sixth-seeded Colonials to the program’s first ever A-10 Championship title two seasons ago, setting a new 36-hole record with a two-round score of 8-under par 658.  The win saw GW defeat six-time defending champion Charlotte by two strokes.

The title gave the Colonials an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, their first appearance since 2006.  There, GW failed to move on to the next round, finishing tied for 13th place in the Greensboro Regional.

This past weekend, the Colonials finished in sixth place at the A-10 Championships, a drop off from the team’s success the season before.

Shaffer leaves behind an extremely young golf squad, including four freshman and two sophomores, five of whom competed for the Colonials at the recent A-10 Championships.

Prior to coaching at GW, Shaffer accumulated 16 years as a PGA Head Golf Professional and four years as the head golf coach at Mount St. Mary’s.  He was hired in fall 2008 by former Athletic Director Jack Kvancz.

Shaffer, who graduated from GW in 1979, was named the golf team’s most valuable player that year.

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Senior Martin Liu of the men's golf team thanks the audience after the golf team was awarded the Moment of the Year for their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. Hatchet File Photo

Two former men’s golfers, Martin Liu and Andres Pumariega, are Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, two of just 146 NCAA Division I student-athletes to earn the award.

To be eligible, student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically, have competed at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in at least 70 percent of their team’s competitive rounds, boast a stroke-average of 76.0 or lower and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

Liu, who graduated this spring, served as a co-captain his senior season, posting a 76.0 stroke average through 32 rounds of competition. At the A-10 championship, Liu finished in 10th place overall, carding a two-round score of 1-under par 143.

Pumariega, slated to graduate this December, was the Colonials’ MVP for the second straight year last season. He posted a team-best 73.8 stroke average this season, while claiming a share of the Kiawah Classic championship, an A-10 performer of the week award, and finishing in second place at the A-10 championship with a two-round score of 5-under par 139.

Both golfers helped GW earn its first-ever Atlantic 10 championship and a trip to the NCAA regional round of competition.

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Senior Andres Pumariega will head to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers tomorrow. Hatchet File Photo

Men’s golf senior Andres Pumareiga will compete in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier tomorrow, looking to earn a spot in the 112th U.S. Open Championship.

Pumariega will tee off at 8:25 a.m. at the Black Diamond Ranch Quarry Golf Course in Lecanto, Fla., competing among a field of 58 golfers in the one-day, 36-hole event. Sectional competition will take place at 13 sites. The qualifying slots at each competition site will be determined by that respective competition’s numbers and strength.

Pumariega helped GW to its first-ever A-10 championship this season with a school-record 36-hole score of 8-under par 568, placing second in the field of 55 golfers. From there, Pumariega and the Colonials advanced to NCAA regional competition, where they finished 13th.

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Senior Martin Liu of the men's golf team thanks the audience after the golf team was awarded the Moment of the Year for their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. Hatchet File Photo

The men’s golf team will head to the Grandover Resort Golf Course in Greensboro, N.C. for the three-day NCAA Regionals competition May 17-19.

Hosted by North Carolina-Greensboro and the Greensboro Sports Commission, the Colonials will compete in their first NCAA regional since 2006 after claiming the A-10 championship April 29. 

13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams compete at three different NCAA regional competitions, while three other regional competitions will have 14 teams and five individual players not on those teams. The top 30 teams and six individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship. At its regional competition, GW will compete against A-10 rival Charlotte, Auburn, UNLV, Florida, Duke, Indiana, Liberty, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Lamar, Lousiana-Lafayette and Mount Saint Mary’s.

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Senior Andres Pumariega came in second individually in the A-10 championship this weekend. Hatchet File Photo

The Colonials are the A-10 men’s golf champions, claiming the title after posting a two-round, 36-hole score of 8-under par 568 at the par-72 Heron Bay Golf Club. The victory ensures the men’s golf team a regional bid to the NCAA tournament.

GW took the lead in the first round of play Friday, holding onto the first slot through the competition’s second round Saturday. Sunday’s round of play was canceled after overnight rain caused unplayable conditions on the greens, and the sixth-seeded Colonials claimed the championship.

It was the best finish for GW since finishing second in 2005, and the team set a new 36-hole team record. The Colonials upset six-time defending champion Charlotte en route to their title.

“I cannot explain how happy I am for my team,” head coach Terry Shaffer said in a release. “These guys worked so hard and they deserve this title. This is a huge step in the right direction for both GW golf and the Colonials athletics department. I am elated.”

Senior Andres Pumariega was named to the all-conference team at the conclusion of play, while Shaffer was given the 2012 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award.

Pumariega finished second overall, carding a two-round 5-under 139 to finish just a stroke behind individual champion individual champion Raoul Menard of Charlotte. Senior Martin Liu finished 10th with a two-round score of 1-under 143, while senior Brandon Rukin and freshman Jack Persons tied for 11th with two-day scores of even-par 144.

“It feels incredible to win this my senior year,” Pumariega said in a release. “Everyone really stepped up this weekend. It was a complete team effort.”

The championship is GW’s first since nabbing Southern Conference crowns three straight years from 1957-59. Seeding for the NCAA regionals will begin at the completion of all NCAA Division I tournaments.


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Freshman Jack Persons takes a swing in the Colonials' practice facility in the Smith Center. Hatchet File Photo

Jack Persons is the Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Co-Rookie of the Week, his fourth league honor this season.

Persons earned Rookie of the Week honors April 13 and Rookie and Performer of the Week nods October 26. He earned his most recent award after helping GW to its second-place finish at the Navy Spring Invitational over the weekend. Persons finished second out of the Colonials, earning a two-round total of 9-over 151 to tie for 13th place.

Persons and the Colonials next head to the A-10 championship April 27.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Colonials sports weekend wrap-up

Sophomore Leah Pascarella prepares to volley the ball back to her opponent earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

We did not have room on the sports page today for all of the weekend’s contests, but here’s a look at how the Colonials fared:

Women’s tennis
GW traveled to the Atlantic 10 tournament as the No. 6 seed over the weekend, defeating No. 11 Saint Joseph’s in the first round Thursday with a 4-0 win. But the Colonials fell to No. 3 Richmond in the quarterfinals Friday 4-1.

The Colonials took the doubles point Friday, earning victories from senior Zoe Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling and seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner. But the Spiders nabbed wins at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 singles slots to cement their victory, ending GW’s season. The Colonials finished with a 16-7 overall record, including 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

Women’s lacrosse
The Colonials fell to Duquesne 15-10 Friday, but returned Sunday to defeat St. Bonaventure 17-11 and clinch the program’s first Atlantic 10 tournament berth since 2009.

GW scored four of the final five goals in Friday’s contest, but was unable to answer the Dukes’ 10 first-half goals for the victory. Senior Sarah Phillips scored a game-high six points, pushing her into first place in the program’s all-time career points list, with 212 points. Senior Megan Seidman added five points with four goals and an assist, and junior Nicole Lacey added two points and five draw controls.

The Colonials will be the No. 4 seed in the A-10 tournament after defeating the Bonnies Sunday, with both Phillips and Seidman netting seven points each. Phillips continued her record-setting weekend by tying the program record for most points in a single season, 79, with Sunday’s total.

GW trailed for most of the first period Sunday but went on a six-goal run over the two halves to take control of the game. The Colonials scored five of the game’s final seven goals to cement their victory and junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made 12 saves to secure the win.

Rowing
Women’s crew advanced three teams to the medal in the Grand Finals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships over the weekend, while the men’s rowing team nabbed seven first-place finishes, including two gold medals, at the SIRA championships.

The women’s rowing team’s Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4 all rowed Sunday at the Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 fell by 2.7 seconds in the Grand Final to Grand Valley State, after turning in a top preliminary time Saturday. The Varsity 4 echoed the Varsity 8′s impressive outing Saturday in preliminary rounds and took third place in the Grand Final behind winner Nova Southeastern and runner-up K-State. The JV8 won a Sunday semifinal to advance to the Grand Final where they took second place behind K-State.

On the men’s crew’s side, the Varsity 8 and Freshman 8 won gold medals in Sunday’s Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 were in a stroke-for-stroke sprint with Virginia in the Grand Final over the final 250 meters but GW ultimately pulled ahead by just three-tenths of a second. The Freshman 8 also claimed a gold medal in the Grand Final, edging second-place Marietta by 1.3 seconds.

Men’s golf
The golf team earned a second place finish of 20 teams at the two-day, 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational Sunday, finishing with a two-round score of 29-over par 597.

Senior Martin Liu paced GW with a second-place personal finish out of a field of 111 golfers, shooting a two-round score of 2-over 144. Freshman Jack Persons was next in line, earning a two-round total of 9-over 151 to tie for 13th place.

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Friday, April 13, 2012 2:11 p.m.

Men’s golf freshman earns A-10 honor

Freshman Jack Persons takes a swing in the Colonials' practice facility in the Smith Center. The V1 Pro Video Analysis Software has been installed for golfers to analyze and compare their swings. Hatchet File Photo

Freshman Jack Persons is the Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Rookie of the Week, following the Colonials’ fourth place finish at the Jacksonville State-hosted Grub Mart Intercollegiate Invitational Tuesday.

It’s the third Atlantic 10 honor this season for Persons, who earned A-10 rookie and performer of the week nods in October, after setting two new GW program records.

Persons shot a three-round score of 14-over 230 over the week’s play, finishing in a tie for 14th out of 50 golfers at the par-72 Silver Lakes Golf Course. His best round was Tuesday, when he fired a 2-over 74 to help GW finish fourth of nine teams. He sat in a tie for 22nd place through 36 holes Monday, after shooting back-to-back scores of 6-over 78, but his final round pushed him up the leaderboard to Persons’ final finish.

Persons and the Colonials began competition at the two-day Longwood/Manor Intercollegiate tournament today.

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Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 2:44 p.m.

Pumariega earns share of A-10 weekly award

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Senior Andres Pumariega shot a 1-over-par 73 in the final round of the three-day Kiawah Classic, finishing in a tie for first place with Campbell’s Vaita Guillaume. File photo

Men’s golf senior Andres Pumariega is the Atlantic 10 Co-Performer of the Week, after he earned a share of the Kiawah Classic Championship last week on Kiawah Island, S.C.

It’s the third league honor for Pumariega, who was twice named Performer of the Week last season. He shares the award with Charlotte’s Paul Ferrier.

Pumariega posted a three-round total of 2-under 214 with scores of 70, 71 and 73 , capturing his fourth career tournament victory as a member of the Colonials. He erased a one-stroke difference in the final round en route to earning co-champion honors, helping guide GW to a fifth place finish in the 21-team field at the Kiawah Classic.

The championships wrapped up fall play for Pumariega and the Colonials, who will return to action in March 2012.

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