UMES FINISHES SECOND VARSITY SEASON WITH 9TH PLACE FINISH AT PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
May 14, 2012
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Hawks finished their season with a strong showing in the 26th Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, taking ninth place in Division I competition.
11 Division I schools, including Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, North Carolina Central and Savannah State, competed at the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses of the PGA Golf Club, shooting three par-72 rounds.
UMES earned its best three-round finish of the spring season, shooting 984 (+120) as a team. The Hawks earned a team best 322 on the first round, shooting 329 on Saturday and 333 on Sunday to finish the tournament.
For the fifth tournament this year, Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) finished the strongest for the Hawks, shooting under 80 in all three rounds. He shot 78 the first day, improving to 76 in the second round and finishing with 79 on Sunday to get a score of 233 (+17), tying for 18th place among the 55 participants, his best season finish in a tournament with at least 40 players.
Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.) earned 40th place with a total score of 249 (+33), shooting rounds of 81, 85 and 83 to finish second on the UMES team. Two players, Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) and Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) finished with team scores of 251 (+35) to tie for 42nd place. Cecil started with a round of 82, getting a Saturday score of 85 and a third day tally of 84. Toney started the tournament with a season best round of 81, adding an 83 the second day and 87 on Sunday.
Rounding out the team was Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore, Md.), starting with a 92 on Friday and getting 98 on each of the final two days to finish at 288 (+72) for 52nd place in his first three-round tournament of the year.
Texas-Pan American finished in first place in the team competition with a team score of 904 (+40), edging out Tennessee State by two strokes. Cedomir Ilic of Savannah State won the individual medal in the Division I team division with a score of 220 (+4), starting with a Friday round of 76 and shooting par the final two days.
In addition to the team, several UMES students competed in the independent competition, representing the Professional Golf Management program. Two of them included members of the UMES varsity team: Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.) finished seventh in the division with a score of 242 (+26), earning rounds of 79, 81 and 82 in order, while Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, Md.) shot 299 (+83), improving each day with a first round of 102, a Saturday tally of 100 and a Sunday finish of 97.
Five members of the UMES PGM program, Minsoo Soh, Bryan Martin, Joseph Journey, Richard Sheppard and Anthony Long also competed in the men's independent division. Soh had the strong finish among the five, earning a final score of 247 (+31) for 12th place in the division. Alexandra Uduk of UMES played in the women's independent division, taking fifth place with a total score of 268 (+52).