BIG BLUES DOMINATE FIELD IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN
Men's Golf Program Wins First Ever National Championship
State College, PA- It is official. Bluefield State College now has a National Championship to add to their trophy case. This past weekend the Big Blues Men's Golf Team traveled to State College, PA and participated in the USCAA Golf National Championship for the first time in school history. The Team, under the leadership of 6 seniors, was prepared for the challenge as they led from beginning to end and secured the College's first National Championship since 1927-1928 when the Big Blues Football Team won the National African American Football Championship.
The USCAA National Championship was hosted at Penn State University at the schools Blue Course, where it has been hosted for the past several years. Bluefield State led the 18 team field after Day 1 with an impressive 301 score, 16 strokes ahead of 2nd place. The 301 performance was a Top 5 score in USCAA National Golf Tournament history. Day 2 saw a remarkable drive from the 2nd and 3rd place schools (SUNY Canton & Cleary University). SUNY Canton shot a 306 Day 2 for a total of 623 and defending USCAA National Champion Cleary, shot a 307 for a total of 628 to make a push for the lead. But the Big Blues stood firm and shot a fantastic 311 Day 2 for a total of 612, 11 shots ahead of SUNY Canton to secure the National Championship.
"This was just an incredible team performance this weekend," says Head Coach Cole Sulmonetti. "I could not be prouder of this team. The 301 from Day 1 was the best the team shot since Coach Fong and I took over in March and we could not be happier. Our 6 seniors and 1 freshman earned the opportunity to compete in this National Championship and we as a program were ecstatic about this grand opportunity to represent Bluefield State College on a National stage."
Four members of the team made the All-American list and 1 made the Academic All-American team. Blake Hash, who finished 4th overall with a 148, and Kirk Collins (151), who finished 6th, made the 1st Team All-American. JT Lester, tied for 11th, and David Woodrum, who tied for 15th made the 2nd Team All-American. Senior Kirk Collins received the team's only Academic All-American for the 2016 season.
For results and details regarding the USCAA and the Golf National Championship check out their release here: http://theuscaa.com/2016_Golf_Championships/Bluefield_State_College_Captures_First_USCAA_National_Championship
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