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The Rams dominated the Eagles and have improved their record to five straight wins.

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VCU (5-0): 78
FGCU (1-5): 48

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Official VCU Game Summary:

The Short Story: VCU forced a season-high 27 turnovers and redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans led all scorers with 16 points as the Rams blasted Florida Gulf Coast Saturday night.

OPENING TIP

  • Evans knocked down 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc and dished out four assists for VCU
  • Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins contributed 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Black and Gold. He added a career-high five steals in the contest
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva grabbed 11 rebounds (six offensive) to lead all players. He also added nine points and three steals for the Rams
  • Both senior forward Mike’L Simms (seven points, three rebounds) and freshman guard Bones Hyland (seven points, three rebounds) combined for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams
  • VCU got off to a slow start offensively, but it didn’t seem to matter. VCU missed its first eight shots and shot .341 (14-of-41) from the field in the first half on the way to a 43-16 lead. VCU forced 16 first-half turnovers
  • Eagles guard Caleb Catto scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-point line and collected nine rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU forced a season-high 27 turnovers and only turned the ball over eight times, a season-low. The Rams outscored the Eagles 37-3 off turnovers
  • The Rams closed the first half on a 17-0 run, punctuated by Evans’ third 3-pointer of the period
  • The Rams shot 81 percent from the charity stripe (13-of-16) and held FGCU to 38 percent (19-of-50) shooting from the field
  • Led by sophomore guard KeShawn Curry (Nine points, four rebounds), VCU’s bench turned in another strong effort with 31 points

NOTABLES

  • VCU improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season with the win
  • The Rams forced 27 turnovers, the program’s most since VCU turned Buffalo over 31 times on Dec. 22, 2015
  • VCU has won 16 straight home games
  • VCU controlled the game with 19 offensive boards (42 total) and 15 steals
  • The Rams improved to 2-0 all-time against FGCU. VCU won the only previous meeting in the 2012-13 season opener at the Siegel Center

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will host Alabama State at the Siegel Center on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

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Sports Backers announce new ‘Firecracker 4-Miler’ virtual event in celebration of Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in a fun and active way, Sports Backers has announced the new Firecracker 4-Miler, a virtual event that includes a variety of Independence Day-themed participant items and aims to make social distancing feel not quite as isolating.

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To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in a fun and active way, Sports Backers has announced the new Firecracker 4-Miler, a virtual event that includes a variety of Independence Day-themed participant items and aims to make social distancing feel not quite as isolating. Registration is now open at www.sportsbackers.org.

To take part in the Firecracker 4-Miler, participants simply register, then run or walk four miles whenever they like (remembering to follow social distancing guidelines). Sports Backers will send the participant items to each registrant, and to guarantee delivery by Independence Day, participants must be registered by June 19. Each participant will receive the following items:

  • Official Firecracker 4-Miler tank top or t-shirt
  • Independence Day-themed finisher medal/bottle opener
  • Firecracker 4-Miler Koozie
  • Firecracker 4-Miler Race Bib
  • Printable Finisher Certificate
  • Virtual Event Badge

“We are always looking for fun and creative ways for people to stay active and this virtual event is a great way to do that,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director for Sports Backers. “We know that people love to get creative with their Independence Day festivities and this provides a chance to celebrate in a unique and active way.”

The Firecracker 4-Miler is now the third virtual event Sports Backers has created in response to restrictions on large events and gatherings related to COVID-19, after the Taco Trot 5k in early May, which had over 1,700 registered participants, and the Great American 5000 virtual team run across America, which has already drawn more than 90 teams since launching on May 14.

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Belmont Golf Course renovations in motion in Lakeside

Site work started in early May as part of a $5 million project to revive Henrico County’s landmark public golf course in Lakeside.

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Site work started in early May as part of a $5 million project to revive Henrico County’s landmark public golf course in Lakeside.

The Board of Supervisors approved a 20-year lease in December, allowing The First Tee of Greater Richmond to upgrade and operate the facility. The agreement ensures Belmont will remain affordable and accessible to the community while freeing the county from operating losses due to years of declining play.

“We’re just thrilled to see the project move forward,” said Neil Luther, director of Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks. “The last thing we wanted to see was to have the lease take effect and the property sit fallow for months and months on end because of the COVID-19 shutdown.

“With work underway, it’s evident that the project is moving forward and will be done this time next year.”

Belmont is being restored in the tradition of architect A.W. Tillinghast, who designed the course – then-known as Hermitage Country Club – in 1917. It hosted the 1949 PGA Championship, which was won by Virginian Sam Snead.

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Under its new design, Belmont will feature 12 championship holes created by restoring existing holes 7 through 18. Holes 5 through 6 will be converted into a 35,000-square-foot putting course plus a six-hole, par-3 “short course.” Each hole will range from 80 to 170 yards and be based on Tillinghast holes throughout the country.

Existing holes 1 through 4 will be turned into a driving range, wedge range and short-game practice area. The project also includes an upgraded pro shop, improved concessions and space for youth programs.

“The course, when it comes back, is going to be brand new in terms of quality,” Luther said.

Brent Schneider, CEO of The First Tee of Greater Richmond, envisions Belmont being an inclusive place “where the history of American golf meets the future of American golf.” The nonprofit is a chapter of The First Tee, a national organization that promotes youth participation in golf and values, such as honesty and integrity.

“Our vision is to strengthen the character of our community, and we feel like, with this property, we’re going to be able to do that,” Schneider said.

“Whether you’ve been playing all your life or you’re brand new and want to come try it out, there’s an entry point at this facility for everyone,” he added.

The First Tee of Greater Richmond expects to invest $4.25 million in Belmont, with Henrico contributing $750,000 previously set aside for course improvements.

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Established in 1998, The First Tee of Greater Richmond operates the Tattersall Youth Development Center at The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course in Chesterfield County and the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range in Richmond.

The group enlisted MacCurrach Golf and Love Golf Design as the contractor and architect, respectively, for Belmont. The first phase of work is focusing on restoring the championship holes, with renovated greens, improved bunkers and better drainage and irrigation.

Scot Sherman, lead architect with Love Golf Design, said the underground systems will be “light years beyond what was here before.”

“You see the turf. You see the bunkers, but you don’t often see what’s underneath,” he said.

With its improvements, Belmont will be designed to challenge experienced golfers and nurture the next generation of players. In addition to the community, the facilities will be available to Henrico’s high school golf teams, the Henrico Police Athletic League and other community groups.

“This is obviously a historic golf course, but there wasn’t a lot of variety here,” said Mark Love, a principal with Love Golf Design. “There wasn’t an opportunity to hit balls on the driving range and take lessons. All of the programing that First Tee does involves all aspects of the game. I think the kids have an opportunity to learn in a nonintimidating environment and work their way up to the bigger golf course, and I think that’s a great opportunity.”

The First Tee of Greater Richmond detailed its plans and answered questions from the community in a presentation delivered in March via YouTube due to the coronavirus.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels to offer ballpark food pickup with “Funville Foodie Fridays”

Miss the Flying Squirrels experience? Ballpark foods, beer, and wine will be available curbside at The Diamond on Fridays beginning this week.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will have ballpark food available for curbside pickup with Funnville Foodie Fridays on deck at The Diamond. The first Funnville Foodie Friday will be this Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pick-up time slot reservations and food orders can be submitted here. Orders can be placed until 5 p.m. on Wednesday each week. Online payment options are also encouraged to limit contact.

Fans will be able to enjoy their favorite Flying Squirrels concession items, including Squirrelly Fries, burgers, chicken tenders, and more.

Cans of the Flying Squirrels’ new official beer, Richmond Rally Cap, as well as the team’s new wine, Feelin’ Squirrelly, will also be available for pick-up for customers 21 and older. Beer and wine pick-ups are also available every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We miss our fans terribly, and we know one of the things they miss right now is our Funnville food and beverages,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We look forward to being able to give them the opportunity on Fridays to enjoy that through safe, social distance-oriented curbside pickup right here at The Diamond.”

Hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, mild and hot sausages, and bratwursts are all available as individual items or as part of combo meals, which include a regular Squirrelly Fry and a 20 oz. bottled beverage.

For pick-up, customers are asked to enter The Diamond’s parking lot on Squirrels Way, where an attendant will direct vehicles to the order pick-up location.

The Flying Squirrels Food & Beverage staff has put additional safety measures into place and will be following all COVID-19 safety protocols.

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