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GULF SHORES, Ala. (October 22, 2018) – Fresh off his first collegiate tournament win, North Carolina A&T men’s golf freshman Diego Gonzalez returned to the golf course Monday and Tuesday and finished tied for seventh at the Black Association Invitational at the par-72, 6,976-yard Peninsula Golf Course.

Gonzalez and his Aggie teammates finished tied for fifth at the two-day, three-round tournament. N.C. A&T shot an 82-over 946 to finish tied with Savannah State. Alabama State won the tournament by six strokes over Florida A&M by shooting a 913. Prairie View A&M (926) and Spring College (944) also finished in the top-5.

Five days earlier, Gonzalez placed three eagles on his scorecard to win the Maryland Eastern Shore Collegiate Challenge in Berlin, Md. Gonzalez continued to play well in Alabama. He overcame a 79 in the first round to shoot even par in the second round before closing out the tournament with another 79 to finish with a 14-over 230.

Alabama State’s Ben Swaffield won the tournament by shooting a 3-under par 213 thanks in part to a second-round 67.  Swaffield won the tournament by 10 strokes over FAMU’s Ethan Mangum.

 N.C. A&T’s best round of the tournament was the second where they shot a 303 bolstered by Gonzalez’s 72. Sophomore Cody Lisner’s best round was the second after he posted a 3-over 75. He finished 17th overall at 19-over. His final two rounds were shot in the 70’s. Freshman Xavier Williams had a 79 in the second and third rounds to finish tied for 21st at 22-over.

Sophomore Stefan Holczer also shot in the 70’s during the second round. Sophomore Casey Lindo was the other N.C. A&T competitor at the Black Association Invitational finishing tied for 38th.

Men’s golf returns to action as they will compete in their final tournament of the fall semester. The Tiger Invitational hosted by Savannah State will take place, Oct. 29-30 in Savannah, Ga.