Hawks Display Strong Outing At The Gary Freeman Spring Invite
Senior Norman Blanco (pictured) ties his personal best, shooting a 71 (-1)
March 4, 2016

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a tough outing at The Legacy Intercollegiate, Coach Marshall Cropper and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Men’s Golf Team rebounded with a strong performance at the Gary Freeman Spring Invitational as they finished 12th overall. The two-day, three round (54-hole) event was hosted by Bethune-Cookman (BCU) and held at the LPGA International Golf Course (72 Par, 6902 yards).

In their fourth time at this event, the Hawks had their best showing collectively. UMES held the ninth spot after two rounds, but fell three slots on the final day. Despite the results, Maryland Eastern Shore had positive feedback to build towards the future.

Collectively, the Hawks recorded a 938 (+74) in three rounds; thus, becoming the best team average in the program’s history when participating in a 54-hole event. Senior Norman Blanco (New Orleans, La.) and junior Bryce Young (Stevensville, Md.) led the way.

Individually, Blanco posted a 224 (+8) and tied his personal best on the final day as he registered a 71 (-1). In his Hawk career, he has tied former teammate Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) with the most par (E) or better rounds in the school’s history. Furthermore, the Louisiana native shot the third-lowest individual average in a three-round tourney in the Hawk’s D-1 history.



For Young, he was not too far behind. In three rounds, the Maryland product recorded a 225 (+9) and inked himself in the record book. With his efforts, he has the fourth-lowest individual average in a 54-hole event in the program’s history.

Other notable achievement included sophomore Timothy Mitchell (Glenn Dale, Md.) moving up on the most rounds played list. Mitchell has competed in 33 rounds and moved into sixth overall, passing Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore) and Kijontray McClay (San Diego).

Lynn won the 2016 BCU Gary Freeman Spring Invitational by 21 strokes over Morehead State. Lynn had three-out-of-five finish in the top five, led by Martin Cancino winning the event. Teammates Jose Andres Miranda and Manuel Torres finished second and third, respectively.

Maryland Eastern Shore will have nearly a month away from the fairways as their next challenge will take place in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Florida A&M (FAMU) Rattler Invitational (April 1-3).

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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