CHESTERFIELD, VA (Allison Kolezynski) - The Chowan University men's golf team concluded play at the CIAA Northern in thrilling fashion to earn a first place finish on Tuesday afternoon at Lake Chesdin Country Club. After turning in a team score of 330 in the opening round, the Hawks shaved 11 strokes off of their first round score to post a team score of 319 on Tuesday. With a two-round total of 649, Chowan edged Livingstone College by a mere stroke (650) to earn their second CIAA sanctioned tournament victory of the season.
Fayetteville State University finished in third place with a two-day score of 653 followed by the Elizabeth City State University Vikings who shaved 16 strokes off of their first round team score to earn fourth place honors (660). Johnson C. Smith University finished in fifth place (699) followed by Virginia Union University in sixth place (769). Virginia State University and Saint Augustine's rounded out the eight-team field and finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively. The Trojans turned in a two-day score of 814 while the Falcons combined for a two-round score of 1,101.
Brandon Jobe of Fayetteville State took home individual medalist honors. He carded a 77 in the first round and 75 in the second round to finish in first place in the field of 43 golfers. Jordan Francis led the effort for the Hawks. He finished in fourth place individually after carding a 79 on Monday and an 80 on Tuesday.
Sean Wilson and Billy Britton finished tied for sixth and ninth place, respectively. Wilson shot a 77 in the opening round and concluded the second day of play with a score of 84. Britton shaved five strokes off of his first round score (84) and carded a 79 on Tuesday.
Rich Edwards showed resilience and persistence in the second day of play. After opening the tournament with a score of 90, Edwards fought back to shave 14 strokes off of his round score and carded a 76 on Tuesday. With the ball sixty yards out on the final hole, Edwards secured the win for the Chowan Blue and White with two putts. Individually, he finished tied for 11th place with Kyle Nelson of Virginia State.
Nick Hahula, Christian Fleetwood, Darren Peoples and Theron Davis also competed for the Hawks at the CIAA Northern. Hahula shot an 82 in the final round, a 12 stroke improvement from his first round score (94). After carding a 90 on Monday, Fleetwood shot a 91 on Tuesday. Peoples posted a two-day score of 187. He carded a 94 in the opening round and a 93 on Tuesday. Davis shot a 110 on Monday and turned in a score of 135 on the final day of play.