PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --- Led by senior Robert Dinwiddie, the Tennessee State men's golf team is in first place after the opening round of the 2005 National Minority Golf Championship being held at the PGA Golf Club (North Course).
Dinwiddie fired a three-under par 69 to lead the Division I standings as TSU fired a four-under par 284.The Tigers hold a two-stroke lead over Bethune-Cookman's 286.
"I played an extremely steady round and considering that I did not hit the ball brilliantly well, I am pleased with my round," said Dinwiddie who is from Barnard Castle, England. "On hole No. 5, I hit a little 9-iron from about 150 yards and holed about a 30-foot putt for a birdie, which gave me confidence for the rest of the round."
Lawrence Larson and Chris Almroth each had strong rounds of 71 to be in a sixth place tie. Phillips Watkins just missed par with a 73 and Stu Michaels shot an 80.
Florida A&M is third with a 295. Two-time defending champion Johnson & Wales University of North Miami, Fla., is currently 14 shots off the pace in fourth place.
Approximately 100 contestants from 21 colleges and universities, representing 11 countries comprise the field for the 19th National Minority College Golf Championship. The Championship concludes after the third round on Sunday, May 8. The National Minority College Golf Championship is co-sponsored by The PGA of America and the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund of Cleveland, Ohio.
The 19th National Minority College Golf Championship PGA Golf Club - North Course Port St. Lucie, Fla.
May 6-8, 2005
Tennessee State 284
Florida A&M 295
Johnson & Wales 298
Texas Pan-American 301
South Carolina State 313
Texas Southern 322