From Savannah State Sports Information
Savannah State Men’s Golf Finishes Runner-Up In 2014 MEAC Championship
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah State men’s golf team closed out the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Golf Championship with two rounds of excellent play, but it was not enough to catch the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats.
SSU concluded the 54-hole, three-round tournament on Sunday with a team score of 876 (300, 285, and 291). Cookman shot an 861 (286, 285, and 290) team score to capture the conference’s first golf championship since 1983.
The tournament was played at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga. The 72-Par, 6,748 yard course is a traditional Lowcountry 18-hole Championship Course.
Junior Travis Roe led the Tigers for the tournament. Roe shot a 69 in the second round to move into fourth place ahead of Sunday’s final round. Roe shot two under par for the first nine with birdies on holes No. 1 and No. 6.
Into the back nine, he faltered with bogeys on 11 and 12, but recovered with three straight pars and a birdie on the final four holes. Roe shot a 71 on Sunday to conclude the tournament with a 215, and third place honors.
Brandon Neals led SSU after the first two rounds. He opened the third round two under par, in third place. Neals shot two over par on the front nine Sunday. He closed the day out with an even score on the back nine. He finished fourth overall for the tournament.
Trevor Podner closed out the tournament in 10th place. Podner gradually improved over the tournament, finishing with a 221 (76, 74, and 71). Podner headed into the back nine on Sunday one under par and eagled 10 to move to three under.
Down the stretch, three bogeys hurt Podner’s chances, but he recovered with a birdie on 18 to close out the final round.
Scott Rogers closed out the tournament with a 225 (78, 72, and 75), while Joseph Barrows finished with a 232 (76, 74, and 82).
Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Fricker won the individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 210 (69, 69, and 72). Ryan’s brother Leon finished runner-up in the individual race with a 214 (69, 69, and 76).
Florida A&M finished third in the tournament with a team score of 888 (301, 287, and 300). North Carolina Central finished fourth in the tournament with a 913 (299, 308, and 306), after concluding round one in second place.
Hampton University finished fifth with a team score of 962, followed by Maryland Eastern Shore in sixth place with a 1009.
Bethune-Cookman will represent the MEAC in the NCAA Division I Regional Championship, scheduled for May 15-17.