SAVANNAH, Ga. (October 30, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T men’s golf team slipped a bit on the final day of the 2018 Savannah State Tiger Fall Invitational on Tuesday to finish fifth at the par-72, 5,748-yard Crosswind Golf Club course.
The Aggies were in third place after the first two rounds played on Monday. They shot a 34-over 322 on the final round and day of the tournament to fall two spots. Bethune-Cookman won the tournament with a 31-over 895. Florida A&M (908), Savannah State (932) and Hampton (938) finished ahead of N.C. A&T’s 939.
Freshman Xavier Williams did see his status in the tournament improve from Day 1 to Day 2. Williams was in fourth place after the first round but dropped into seventh place after the second round because other golfers made surges. Williams, however, kept playing solid golf throughout. He posted a 4-over 76 on Tuesday to finish the tournament with an 8-over 224 to place fifth. Williams finished seven shots off the lead behind individual tournament winner Zach Otto of the Savannah State Tigers.
Williams led the tournament in par-3 scoring by shooting 1-under for the tournament on par-3’s. Williams was also one of only two golfers to card an eagle during the tournament joining Otto. He was 1-under on par-5’s for the second-lowest par-5 score of the tournament. He placed five birdies on his scorecards for the tournament and he posted 35 pars, third-best in the tournament.
The only top-10 finisher for the Aggies was Williams. Freshman Diego Gonzalez placed 13th but he did lead the Aggies in birdies for the tournament with six. Gonzalez was tied for eighth after the first two rounds but dropped five spots thanks to a third-round 11-over 83. Gonzalez was 17-over for the tournament. Gonzalez shot even par on par-5’s and had 30 pars for the tournament.
Sophomore Cody Lisner finished tied for 16th after being tied for 14th after the first two rounds. He was second on the team in pars made with 31.
N.C. A&T played their final round of the fall semester on Tuesday. The Aggies will get a four-month from competition. They will open the spring semester season in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Lonnie Barton Invitational hosted by LIU Brooklyn March 4-5.