Jon Seward (pictured) has combined to shoot a 160 to guide UMES to an eighth-place standing
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla - Junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) opened play at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management with consecutive rounds of 73 to guide the University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team to an eighth-place standing after two rounds. The 54-hole Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., features nearly 200 players and represents more than 40 colleges and universities. There will be one final round played on Sunday.

The ten-team tournament saw UMES shoot a 325 to open the event, before the Hawks tied for the fourth-lowest round on Saturday. UMES shot a blistering score of 306, spearheaded by a even-par score of 72 by sophomore Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.) and two other scores in the 70s. The 19 stroke improvement from the first day is the best of any team at the event.

Veverka has opened the tournament tied for seventh after he shot two consecutive rounds of 73 to hold a score of 146. His tally is closely followed by Ferguson at 159 and freshman Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.) at 160. Junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) is the fourth golfer for UMES with a 170. Ferguson's second round is one of six scores combined in the tournament to stand at even-par.

The team also have seven golfers competing in the independent division, including junior Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore, Md.), sophomore Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and team manager Nivel Felicien.

Defending champion, Texas Pan-American, is currently leading the tournament by four-strokes over Bethune-Cookman as the pair have 585 and 589 points, respectively. Alabama State rounds out the top-3 with a score of 594.

For more information about the tournament, you can follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #2013MinorityChamp.

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



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