Hawks Finish Seventh At MEAC Championship
April 28, 2017

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – After nearly a month away from the fairways, Coach Marshall Cropper and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Men’s Golf team were unable to overcome its slow start at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.

The conference hosted its 2017 Men’s Golf Championship April 26-28 at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga.

Collectively, Eastern Shore shot 970 (+106) over the three-day span. The Shore struggled after day one, shooting 43 strokes over par. The next day (April 27), Maryland Eastern improved five strokes; however, remained in the seventh spot. On the final day (April 28), the Hawks had their best round ever in this event as they posted a 313 (+25).

Despite the outcome, Maryland Eastern Shore produced the tenth-best team average in a three-round, 54-hole event in program history.

Individually, juniors Demarkis Cooper (Clinton, Md.) and Blair Waters each finished 19 over par.

Cooper registered a 78 (+6) after the first round, but struggled on day two as he shot eight strokes over par. In the third round, he recorded his best round of the event with a 77 (+5).

Additionally, Cooper continues his march upward in the program’s record book. The Maryland product surpassed former teammate Timothy Mitchell on the all-time most rounds played and most events played lists. Currently, Cooper has taken sole possession of fourth in both categories.

After recording nine over par on day one, Waters rebounded and shot six strokes better in the second round. On the last day, he posted a 79 (+7).

Furthermore, Waters sits tied for tenth in two categories for the Maroon and Grey: Most Events Played and Most Rounds Played.

Newcomer Young Lee (Mount Airy, Md.) displayed one of the biggest improves throughout the tourney. After recording an 89 (+17), Lee improved 10 strokes in day two, followed by a 75 (+3) performance on the final day.

Fellow newcomer Jabril Arnold (Bowie, Md.) could not get into a rhythm after the first two rounds, but found his groove in the final round with a personal best 82 (+10).

Arnold and junior Christian Owens (Upper Marlboro, Md.) tied after shooting 263 (+47) in three days of action.

Augusta won its third straight MEAC Men’s Golf Championship and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Div. I Men’s Golf Championships.

Augusta’s Emmanuel Kountakis took home the league’s most outstanding performer after 60s in all three rounds. Head Coach Jack O’Keefe was named the Outstanding Coach.

The All-Tournament Team consisted of Augusta’s Koutakis, Broc Everett, Jake Marriott, Gustav Andersson, and Bethune-Cookman’s Christian Hovstadius.

On May 12-14, the Hawks travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla. as they will compete in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) Minority Championships.

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

 

 

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