Tuesday, February 24, 2004
SYLACAUGA, Ala. --- The Tennessee State golfers pulled away from the field on the final day to claim the championship of the First Annual Samford University Intercollegiate. TSU carried a four-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round of the rain-shortened tournament and built upon their advantage by winning by nine strokes. The Tigers had a 280 on the final 18 holes and finished with a 45-hole total of 718. Eastern Kentucky finished second with a 727. TSU junior Robert Dinwiddie got the spring portion of his junior campaign off to an impressive start, taking medalist honors. Dinwiddie shot a blistering eight-under par 64 to win the individual honors by seven strokes over EKU's Patrick Williams. Phillips Watkins finished with a 185 for a 12th place tie. Mark Searle and Stu Michaels each finished tied for 16th place with a 187. Michaels, after having an opening round 86, had the second best score on the final day, shooting a 66. Jordan Roberts tied for 25th with a 198. Following the Tigers and EKU were Birmingham Southern 740, Tennessee Tech 741, Lipscomb 747, Samford 752, Evansville 756, Cincinnati 760, Tennessee-Martin 763, and Birmigham Southern "B" 795. The event was held on the par-72, 6,970-yard Farm Links Course, about an hor from Samford University's campus in Birmingham. The tournament was changed to 45 holes rather 54 because of a rain delay on Monday. The Tigers will have a long break before resuming their schedule in mid-March.