Chowan Leads Round One of 2016 CIAA Golf Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Northern Division Tournament champion Chowan University emerged as the first-day leader with Livingstone College close behind in the 2016 CIAA Men’s Golf Championship at Larkhaven Golf Club on Thursday, April 14.

Both teams are the tournament frontrunners after the first day as the Hawks shot a 315 score on the par 72, 6,717-yard course to hold a slim lead over Livingstone, the defending CIAA champion who shot a 316. 

Southern Division champion Fayetteville State ranks third with a 327 score and Virginia Union is fourth after firing a 332 score. Elizabeth City State is fifth (351) followed by Virginia State (384), Johnson C. Smith (397) and Saint Augustine’s (476).

 Rank   Team  Total   Par 
  1  Chowan   315   +27
  2  Livingstone   316   +28
  3  Fayetteville State   327   +39
  4  Virginia Union   297   +40
  5  Elizabeth City State   351   +63
  6  Virginia State   342   +81
  7  Johnson C. Smith   353   +92
  8  Saint Augustine's   418   +157

Chowan held off Livingstone Thursday on the strength of its depth. Four Hawks are among the top 10 golfers including Jordan Francis, who is fifth with a 77 score. Steven Rhinard (78) is sixth while Billy Britton (80) and Christian Fleetwood (80) are tied for eighth.

Philip Harrison of Livingstone and Dejuan Powell of Johnson C. Smith are the individual co-leaders after both golfers shot a one-over par 73 score. Jared Chinn of Fayetteville State is third with a 75 score and Stephen Washington of Livingstone is fourth after producing a 76 score. Bart Kaminski of Virginia Union is seventh (79) and Chris Jackson of Fayetteville State (80) is tied for eighth.

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The final round of the two-day tournament begins Friday, April 15, at the same site with tee-off at 9 a.m. Admission is free.

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