Men’s Golf Places Sixth At Minority Championship
Freshman Blair Waters (pictured) led the way for the Hawks
May 8, 2016

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – In their best season as a NCAA Division I affiliate, Coach Marshall Cropper and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Men’s Golf Team concluded its 2015-16 campaign with a sixth-place finish at the PGA Minority Golf Championship.

The three-day, 54-hole event was held on the Wanamaker Golf Course (72-par, 6,840 yards) in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Maryland Eastern Shore’s sixth-place result was the highest finish for the Hawks in this tourney, dating back to 2011.

After two rounds, the Hawks held the fourth spot with only 18 holes remaining. On the final day, Maryland Eastern Shore was unable to maintain momentum as they slipped to sixth in the standings.

UMES shot a collective 969 (+105), which is the eighth-best team average in a 54-hole event in the program’s history.

Freshman Blair Waters (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way, scoring 232 (+16) in a three-day span.

Sophomore Demarkis Cooper (Clinton, Md.) reached another milestone as he moved into sixth in the program’s all-time most rounds played, passing Gregory Raad. As of today, the Maryland product has competed in 37 rounds.

Furthermore, Cooper tied Raad on the most events played board with 15 tournament appearances.

Fellow classmate Christian Owens (Upper Marlboro, Md.) also earned a spot on the all-time most rounds list, moving into 10th place after surpassing Bryce Young.

Additionally, Owens broke a tie with Young on the all-time events played leaderboard. Currently, Owens sits 10th overall after taking part in 12 tournaments.

Cooper, Owens, and Timothy Mitchell (Glenn Dale, Md.) each played all nine events this season, which ties the all-time single season mark. Also, all three Hawks took part in 21 rounds and fell one shy of the single-season record (22), held by Michael Veverka during the 2011-12 season.

Maryland Eastern Shore had its best season in terms of team season average, 317.10, shattering the previous mark held by the 2012-13 Hawks.

In addition, the Hawks won two events as a NCAA Division I member: SWAC/SIAC Collegiate Challenge and VSU Trojan Fall Classic.

Also, lone senior Norman Blanco (New Orleans, La.) became the first Hawk to win the individual medalist in the school’s brief D-1 history at the VSU Trojan Fall Classic.

The New Orleans native etched himself into the program’s record book, finishing in the top 10 in multiple categories and being a member of several successful teams during his time.

Coach Cropper returns six Hawks as they look to build towards the future.

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