RAAD SETS THE TONE FOR UMES IN SEASON OPENER
Sept. 25, 2012
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team began the Marshall Cropper era on Monday as the Hawks finished ninth overall in their season opener at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational. The one-day event hosted by the University of Pennsylvania was held at the Kings Creek Country Club and featured 11 teams and 54 golfers. The Hawks finished with 651 total points, 13 strokes less than the closest competitor.
UMES was led by the performance of junior Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.), who shot a 78 in his second round to finish in 30th place overall at the par-71 course. Raad shot a 158 score across two rounds and finished 16 spots ahead of the next Hawks competitor, junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) Cecil was consistent in the opener as he used scores of 83 and 81 to finish in 46th place, while junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) was two strokes behind to claim 49th. Veverka shot the best round of any Hawk in the first round, when he shot a four-over-par 75.
Cecil also helped his cause with a hole-in-one on Monday.
The top-5 for UMES was rounded out by sophomore Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.) and Kijontray McClay (Los Angeles, Calif.). Ferguson struggled in his first round but rebounded with a 78 to place 51st with a score of 169. McClay also had an impressive finish to the tournament when he shot an 82 on the final round to place one spot behind Ferguson at 52nd. Penn’s P.J. Fleming was the top golfer at the tournament as he shot rounds of 68 and 69 to finish seven strokes ahead of the 144 scores of Monmouth’s Ian Thimble and Penn’s P.J. Collier.
The tournament saw Penn take home the team championship as the Quakers used scores of 296 and 282 to finish with an overall score of 578. Monmouth University was second with a 599 and St. Francis (Pa.) University was third with 600 points.
UMES looks to continue its solid play when the Hawks travel to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 27. The tournament is set to last four days and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 30.
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