ATLANTA --- The Tennessee State University golf team successfully defended its title by winning the 2002 Coca-Cola Black College Invitational held over the weekend in conjunction with the Atlanta Football Classic.
The Tiger golfers rallied from two strokes back after the opening round of the tournament. After shooting 292, the Tigers came back to fire a second-round 280 to finish with a four-under par 572. Bethune Cookman was three strokes back with a 575.
TSU was once again led by sophomore Robert Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie had rounds of 70 and an eight-under par 64 to win tournament medalist honors by eight strokes. Dating back to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship last spring, and two outings this fall, Dinwiddie has been medalist in three consecutive tournaments.
The tournament was played in less than ideal weather conditions. The tournament was played in the rain and wind the opening round and then on a very soggy course the second round. The Tigers, however, made adjustments to come back to take the victory.
“With the conditions, we had to stress that we had to been very accurate in judging our distance,” said Dr. Catana Starks, the Tigers’ head coach. “It is very difficult to defend a tournament title, but I was very proud of the way the guys came back in what was a very competitive tournament.”
Stu Michaels also had a solid tournament to finish third overall with a one-under par 72 on the 6,539-yard Browns Mill Course near downtown Atlanta. Mark Searle finished in an eighth-place tie with a 146. Other Tigers scores were Fraser Inglis 152 and Jordan Roberts 157.
Rounding out the eight-team field were third-place South Carolina State and Florida A&M 587, Texas Southern 616, Hampton 645, Benedict 663, and Saint Augustine 674.
The Tigers will return to action in their fall schedule next week at the Charleston Southern Invitational in South Carolina.