Waters, Hawks Place Eighth At The PGA Minority Championship
May 14, 2017

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – In their season finale, Coach Marshall Cropper and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Men’s Golf team placed eighth at the PGA Minority Golf Championship, presented by CastleOak Securities.

The three-day tournament took place at the Wanamaker Course (72-par, 6840 yards) in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Eastern Shore shot their best round of the event on day one, posting a 323 (+35). Maryland Eastern Shore struggled with the windy conditions on day two as they recorded a 339 (+51). The club held on to their eighth spot, shooting 333 (+45) on the final day.

Despite the squad’s ups and downs, junior Blair Waters (Jacksonville, Fla.) displayed a solid tourney as he finished tied for eighth overall.

After shooting nine over on day one, the Florida native rebounded and tied his personal best with a 70 (-2) on day two; thus, falling a stroke shy of tying the best single round in the program’s history. In the final round, Waters shot three over and ended his junior campaign with his third top-10 finish of the year.

With his performance, Waters tied former teammate Norman Blanco for the third-best individual average in a three-round, 54-hole tournament in the program’s history.

Waters also set a new single-season record with most par rounds or better with three.

Furthermore, he moved into ninth-place on the all-time most rounds and most events played categories.

Newcomer Young Lee (Mount Airy, Md.) ended his freshman campaign tied for 14th overall. Lee began the tourney shooting a career best 72 (E) after round one. On day two, he struggled with the windy conditions and shot eight over par. On the last day, Lee registered a 79 (+7).

After today’s round, Lee set a new single-season record with most rounds played (23). He broke the previous mark set by Michael Veverka back during the 2011-12 season.

For the second straight year, Bethune-Cookman (B-CU) won the event by 16 strokes over Incarnate Word. B-CU’s Samuel Sloman placed first overall, defeating his teammate Christian Hovstadius by two strokes.

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

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



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