Monday, May 24, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- Tennessee State University golfer Robert Dinwiddie made history by competing in the NCAA East Regional hosted by Yale University. Dinwiddie became the first Tiger to ever receive an invitation to a NCAA Golf Regional. The junior from England was one of six individuals to be honored with an invitation among a field that included 27 teams and a total of 141 golfers. A 54-hole event played on The Course at Yale, a par-70 6,749-yard layout, Dinwiddie had rounds of 78, 74, and 75 to finish with a 17-over par 227 that placed him a tie for 81st overall with Patricio Cozzoli from Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State and Jessie Mudd from the University of Florida. "It was a very good experience for Robert," said TSU head coach, Dr. Catana Starks. "He will benefit greatly from this and knows that he still has work in front of him." Dinwiddie was on par for his bext round of the tournament in the final round. However, he had a bogey and double-bogey which proved costly and prevented a better finish in the field. The appearance in the NCAA East Regional capped off a solid season for Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie won a pair of tournaments, twice was named OVC Golfer of the Week, and honored as Golfweek's National Player of the Week. He also earned All-OVC honors for the third consecutive year. Defending national champion Clemson won the team event by rallying back from a fourth place standing after the first two rounds to win by six strokes with an 856. The top individual score was a 207 by Wake Forest's Bill Haas.