SAVANNAH, Ga. – North Carolina A&T men’s golf finished second at the SSU Tiger Fall Invitational hosted by Savannah State University at the par-72, 6,750-yard Crosswinds Golf Club Championship Course on Tuesday.
Sophomore Diego Gonzalez finished as the runner up by one stroke at the rain-shortened tournament which will serve as the team’s final fall tournament.
Gonzalez started the day tied for third after an even-par 72 in the first round but jumped a spot after an impressive 3-under par 69 in the second round for a two-round score of 3-under 141. Florida A&M’s Mahindra Lutchman won the tournament with a 4-under 140.
Gonzalez was amazing on the front nine. He carded four birdies over the first seven holes on Tuesday to get to 4-under for the tournament. He took a step back with a bogey on the par-5 No. 10. But he recorded six straight par putts before another birdie on the par-4, 17th got him back to 4-under. He bogeyed 18 to close out the day.
Senior Casey Lindo started the day tied for 12th after a 3-over 75 in the first round but moved up six spots after shooting a 1-under 71 in the second round for a two-round score of 2-over 146 to finish tied for sixth. Lindo posted five birdies on the day and at one point during the round, his score had dropped to 2-under.
Both junior Cody Lissner and sophomore Diego Sanchez shot a 5-over 77 in the second round after shooting a 2-over 74 in the first round for a two-round score of 7-over 151 to finish tied for 16th.
Sophomore Xavier Williams started the day in 29th place after shooting a 7-over 79 in the first round but moved up seven spots after shooting a 1-over 73 in the second round for a two-day total of 152.
As a team, the Aggies finished eight strokes behind FAMU at 585, seven strokes ahead of Maryland Eastern Shore. N.C. A&T shot a 7-over par 295 in the first round and a 2-over 290 in the second round.
The Aggies are back on the course after the New Year with a trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Lonnie Barton Invitational from March 9-10.