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Davidson’s Jack Lang breaks new ground in A-10 golf tournament, heads to NCAAs

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Davidson head coach Tim Straub congratulates golfer Jack Lang after the sophomore claimed the 2017 Atlantic 10 individual championship on Sunday.
Davidson head coach Tim Straub congratulates golfer Jack Lang after the sophomore claimed the 2017 Atlantic 10 individual championship on Sunday. Atlantic 10 Conference

Davidson’s Jack Lang carded a 54-hole total of 10-under 206 (70-68-68) to capture the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Individual Championship on Sunday at Grand Cypress Golf Club.

A sophomore from Lexington, Mass., Lang entered the final round one stroke off the pace, before grabbing control with four birdies during a five-hole stretch on his inward nine.

After a birdie on his opening hole, the Par 4 10th, Lang made the turn in 2-under 34. The 2016 A-10 Rookie of the Year followed with four more birdies on the back side to become the first Wildcat to claim conference individual medalist since Richard Fountain’s Southern Conference victory in 2011.

“I am so proud of Jack and his performance this weekend,” said Davidson head coach Tim Straub. “He has played really well this year and it is great to see his hard work rewarded with the Atlantic 10 title.”

In addition to becoming just the third player in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament, Lang is the first to win an A-10 crown. He’s Davidson’s seventh conference champion since the program started in 1937.

As a team, Davidson posted a 6-over 870 (285-299-286), its second sub-par round of the event, to finish in fifth place.

Along with Lang’s impressive individual performance, fellow sophomore Hoke Carlton posted a three-day 2-under 214 total (68-77-69), good enough to tie for 11th out of 55 competitors. Michael Freeman capped his freshman campaign with a Top-20 showing for the Wildcats by recording a three-day total of 219 (70-76-73).

Also competing for Davidson were Andy Simmons (77-78-79, total 234) and Nathan Tenpas (78-82-76, total 236).

Richmond, with a 24-under three-day team total of 840, led wire-to-wire claiming the team title by 13 strokes over its cross-town rival VCU (-11). Preseason favorite Dayton (-10) finished third, followed by George Washington (-3) and Davidson (+6).

The 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships selections announcement will be televised Thursday at noon on the Golf Channel. A total of 81 teams and 45 individuals will be selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championship sites, May 15-17.

All-Conference

Jack Lang, Davidson

Nick Paxson, Dayton

Eric Edwards, George Mason

Logan Lowe, George Washington

Dawson Jones, Rhode Island

Chris Houston, Rhode Island

Billy Walthouse, Rhode Island

Matthew Lowe, Richmond

Keegan Hoff, Richmond

Jamie Clare, VCU

Rookie of the Year (Regular Season)

Zack Justice, Richmond

Golfer of the Year (Regular Season)

Keegan Hoff, Richmond

Most Outstanding Rookie (Championship)

Zack Justice, Richmond

Andrew Sciarretta, Richmond

Medalist/Most Outstanding Performer

Jack Lang, Davidson

Coach of the Year

Adam Decker, Richmond

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