GRASONVILLE, Md. – The North Carolina A&T men’s golf team played the second and final round of the Towson Spring Invitational on Sunday at the par-72, 6,624-yard Prospect Bay Golf Course.
N.C. A&T finished 15th by shooting a 52-over, 628. The Aggies dropped 18 strokes from their previous day score of 323 to shoot a second-day 17-over, 305. N.C. A&T finished 40 streaks off the lead which was shared by Youngstown State, tournament-host Towson University and Sacred Heart. All three teams shot 12-over, 588 for the tournament but Youngstown State was awarded the championship on a tiebreaker.
The tournament was decided by each team’s fifth golfer. Normally, teams send five golfers to the course to compete with the fifth-highest score eliminated from the team scorecard when the totals are calculated. In this instance, the team whose fifth-highest score was the lowest among the three teams tied was deemed the champion. That was Youngstown State on Sunday.
Long Island-Brooklyn and Canisius College were also in the top-5 as they finished nine strokes off the lead.
Freshman Diego Gonzalez and junior Cody Lisner were the low scorers for the Aggies during the tournament. Gonzalez and Lisner finished tied for 46th as both men shot 11-over, 155 for the tournament.
After shooting a 7-over 79 on Saturday, Gonzalez carded four birdies to shoot a 4-over, 76. He was plus-3 on his first three holes played, but he birdied the par-5, 583-yard, No. 13 to get to 2-over. After paring the par-4, 14th and bogeying the par-3, 15th, Gonzalez picked up another birdie on the par-4, 356-yard, 16th to move to 2-over. He closed out the back nine with a par and a bogey to make the turn at 3-over.
Gonzalez parred the first two holes on the front nine. He bogeyed two of the next three holes before coming away with a birdie on the par-4, 385-yard, No. 6. His final birdie of the round came on the par-4, 310-yard, eighth hole. Gonzalez closed out his round with a par.
Lisner was at plus-1 after the first five holes he played on Sunday after he birdied the par-5 13th and the par-4, 346-yard, 14th. He finished the back nine and 2-over and made the turn by birdieing the par-5, 490-yard, No. 1 to get to 1-over. He remained at 1-over after birdieing the par-3, 182-yard, third. But Lisner closed the round with three bogeys and a double bogey to finish at 6-over on the day.
The lowest round of the day went to freshman Xavier Williams. He shot a 1-over, 73 after carding three birdies, 11 pars and four bogeys.
The men will try to secure a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship in their next outing as they will compete in the MEAC Men’s Golf Championships, April 19-21 in Savannah, Ga.