Saturday, May 7, 2005
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --- Tennessee State men's golf team will take a commanding 23-stroke lead into the final round of the 19th Annual National Minority Golf Championship, thanks to some outstanding play on Saturday. TSU senior Robert Dinwiddie extends his 36-hole lead in the Division I standings after shooting an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday. "I hit the ball generally better all around and I gave myself more chances to make putts today than yesterday," said Dinwiddie, the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Golfer of the Year. "On hole No. 4, I made an eagle by hitting a driver, followed by a wedge, which cut around the corner about 140 yards. I then made a short putt which boosted my confidence for the round." The Tigers also got a big boost from Phillip Watkins of Melbourne, Australia. Watkins fired a Championship record of 10-under-par 62. Watkins moves into second place from a 10th place tie yesterday, two-strokes behind Dinwiddie. "This round was extremely exciting for me while a little scary at the same time as I played my best round ever in competition," said Watkins, a sophomore majoring in Human Performance and Sports Science. "I was able to start my round off low today and get off to a good start and make several putts, which I am extremely pleased with." The Tigers also got two more sub-par rounds in their lineup to help build the big advantage. Freshman Lawrence Larson had a two-under 70 while Stu Michaels was one under with a 71. After shooting a 71 on Friday, Chris Almroth shot an 85. Bethune-Cookman remains in second place with a team total of 574, 23-shots off the pace. Two-time defending champion Johnson & Wales University of Miami Beach, Fla., moved into third place with a team total of 7-over-par 583. Approximately 100 contestants from 21 colleges and universities, representing 11 countries, comprise the field for the 19th National Minority College Golf Championship. The Championship concludes after the third round on Sunday, May 8. The National Minority College Golf Championship is co-sponsored by The PGA of America and the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund of Cleveland, Ohio. -Second-Round Scores Division I Tennessee State 284-267-551 Bethune-Cookman 286-288-574 Johnson & Wales 298-285-583 Florida A & M 295-300-595 Texas Pan-American 301-299-600 South Carolina State 313-311-624 Texas Southern 322-312-634 Grambling 329-316-645 Southern 333-327-660