Atlanta, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University men's golf team used a strong start to help secure the championship at the National Black College Invitational.
After the first round, Tennessee State led by 12 strokes while Dorian Vauls was tied for second place. On day two of the event, the teams played through 16-holes before the tournament was canceled due to the bad weather in the area.
Tennessee State had a 15-shot lead and Dorian Vauls led all golfers when the tournament was canceled. A decision was made to only count the results from round one, naming TSU as the champion.
In the first round, Dorian Vauls shot a 3-under par 69 on the 18-hole course. Richard Gill and Andrew Warner each notched scores of 70 (2-under par) while Ryan Pierson carded a 71. Ryan Smith finished round one with a 73.
As a team, Tennessee State finished the first round with an 8-under par 280, 12 shots ahead of second place finisher, Alabama State (292). Savannah State rounded out the top three with a score of 293.
Next, the men will travel to Daufuskie Island, S.C. to compete at Michigan State's annual Rees Jones Invitational, Oct. 3 -5.