Tiger Golf: Men second, women seventh at PGA Championship
Monday, May 10, 2010

Port St. Lucie, Fla. - The Tennessee State University men and women's golf team concluded the 2010 season completing the final round of the 24th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.

TSU, the defending men's Division I champion, trailed by three strokes after the second round but could not make up the count finishing second overall (10-over-par) shooting rounds of 295, 289, and 290 for 874.

Texas-Pan American collected four back-nine birdies for a 4-under-par (68) from senior Armen Kirakossianon on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course to help lead the Broncos to a first place finish. The Broncos collectively shot a 291-final round for a total stroke count of 872 (290-291-291 +8). It was Texas-Pan American's fourth overall title and first since 2007.

Earlier this season, TSU played against Texas-Pan American in two tournaments while finshing ahead of the Broncos in both meetings.

Tennessee State's Chris Seibel double-bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, and fell a stroke behind playing partner Kirakossian, who took the cue to go on a birdie run from the 12th through 14th holes, and adding another at the 16th to hold together a gem of a round.

Seibel (213) finished with a 76 at the end of the final round after opening the tournament with one-under (71) in the first followed by a spectacular second round finishing six under (66).

About an hour earlier, Tennessee State's Richard Gill, who was his team's No. 4 player, suffered a quadruple bogey-8 on the par-4 15th hole, on his way to a 76. Those two sudden twists allowed the Broncos the cushion needed to hold on for victory. Gill finished with a 230 stroke count from rounds of 75, 79, and 76.

Ryan Smith after opening up with rounds of 75 and 73 ended on a strong note finishing six-under at 66 on the final day. Cameron Scitern (75-71-72--218) and Chris McKay closed out the team scoring for the Tigers (74-82-78-234).

"I'm disappointed for our team, but more for Chris, who was playing in his final collegiate championship," said Tennessee State Head Coach and PGA Professional Chip Taylor. "We had a chance to win coming down the final four holes, and that is all you can ask for."

For the women in their first appearance at the PGA Championship, TSU could not climb out the hole after the second rounding out the team standings in seventh overall. The Tigers shot rounds of 358, 362, and 363 for 1083 and 231 strokes over par.

Jamie Pierce led the way shooting 236 (27-over-par) from rounds of 79, 74, and 83. Marie Black followed at 267 (88-89-90) with Katelyn Dingeman (287), Mya Billingsley (293), and Jatoia Potts rounding out the tally.