SAVANNAH, Ga. (October 30, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T men’s golf team is in position to have its best performance of the young program’s existence.
The Aggies played 36 holes on Monday at the 2017 SSU Tiger Invitational hosted by Savannah State played at the par 72, 6,512-yard golf course at Crosswinds Golf Club. The Aggies shot a first-round 312 to end the round tied for fourth place. Over the next 18 holes, they shot 314 to drop down to sixth place to end the day.
Augusta will go into Tuesday’s round with a huge led after shooting 18-under (558). Augusta is followed by Savannah State (589), Florida A&M (610), North Carolina Central (616) and Bethune-Cookman (618) in the top-5.
Luis Acevedo had a superb opening round, shooting an even par 72 to finish seventh. He shot 4-over in the second round and ended the day with a 4-over 76. Acevedo led the field with 31 pars. He was solid on the par 3’s by shooting 1-over.
Junior Cody Lissner also had a good showing. Lissner had one of only four eagles made on the course on Monday as he eagled a par 5. Lissner shot a 77 in the first round followed by a 75 in the second to finish the day tied for 15th at 8-over. Edward Trent (18-over) and Cameron Bryant (22-over) also had their scores counted.
“I am very pleased with the progress the guys are making,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “The guys have put themselves in another good position and this time we want to be able to take a step forward instead of a step backwards.”
Over their first tournaments, the Aggies first and second rounds have been solid. It has been the third round where they have struggled as a fledgling program. After shooting 21-over in the second of the Hampton University Golf Invitational, the Aggies shot 38-over in the third round. The Aggies shot 21-over in Round 1 of the Maryland Eastern Shore Collegiate Challenge before shooting a 20-over in the second round, but were 34-over in the third round.
The Aggies opportunity to take a step forward will start at 8 a.m., on Tuesday.