VCU Validates Progress, Creates Lasting Memories During Reflection Bay Victory

Once again, some of the top players in college golf returned to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay Golf Club. VCU won the Lake Las Vegas Intercollegiate team title–their second of 2024–while South Florida’s Jake Peacock earned the individual title with a -9 total.–By Brian Hurlburt, Founder, www.LasVegasGolfInsider.com

“We have been playing really well this year, so to get two wins in the spring right off the bat shows what kind of team we can be and what kind of team we are right now,” said Andy Walker, VCU’s head coach. “It’s more validation about what we have been doing. We had a really good fall and had three really good chances to win, so to now get these victories is big for us. There is a positive outlook on the program. It’s a young team and the guys are playing well. Now they know when they play well they can win and they know we don’t have to play our best golf always to win. We just have to hang around.”

VCU finished at -20 to defeat South Florida by two shots. Long Beach State and Arkansas State finished third at -17.

Kansas City’s Maxence Mugnier was second individually behind Peacock at -8 while VCU’s Veikka Viskari was third at -7.

As usual, when college golf comes to Reflection Bay, the setting and facility shared top billing with the quality play on the course. Walker said his team will enjoy the trophy in addition to the memories that will last a lifetime. None of his five players had been to Las Vegas before. They enjoyed Lake Las Vegas plus a trip to the Strip.

“Lake Las Vegas is a gorgeous place and the guys had a great time from the moment we got there,” Walker said. “I’m from Phoenix and I’ve spent a lot of time at Reflection Bay and in Lake Las Vegas, so I knew what we were getting into. The guys loved it, loved seeing the mountains and experiencing a little bit more desert golf than they have experienced prior. It was a great victory, and these are the kind of victories that they will remember when they are gone from college. Now, when people talk about Vegas, these guys are going to have a fun story to tell about winning the tournament there.”

Awaiting the players for the 2024 Lake Las Vegas Intercollegiate were brand new Paspalum greens that debuted in 2023 to strong reviews. The Paspalum turf is resilient to the difficult Las Vegas climate and challenging water quality. The turf is also used on several courses in tropical locales that host PGA Tour events.

Walker was a bit surprised to hear about Paspalum in the desert, but his team walked away impressed.

“The guys rolled it pretty well on them,” Walker said. “I think they were tricky for everybody by them being new and pretty firm and fast. Being from Phoenix, you don’t get a lot of Paspatum in dry places, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but my thing is, whatever greens we’re putting on that week are going to be my favorite greens in the world.”

Jake Peacock