Cooper, Hawks Finish Fifth At National Black College Alumni HOF
Demarkis Cooper (pictured) sets new school record in a 36-hole event
Sept. 24, 2016

ATLANTA – Despite falling a stroke shy of tying the program’s record in a round, junior Demarkis Cooper (Clinton, Md.) still found himself as the school’s leader in another category after guiding his club to a fifth-place finish at the 30th annual National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame tournament.

Cooper, who shot a 70 (-2) after day one, tied for fifth overall after ending day two with a 73 (+1). As a result, the Maryland native registered the best two-round average in program history (143, -1), surpassing Gregory Raad's effort in the same event four years ago.

Sophomore Blair Waters (Jacksonville, Fla.) also had a solid outing, tying 10th overall with a 147 (+3) average. Therefore, the Florida product tied his former teammate Norman Blanco with the fourth-best round in a 36-hole event in program history.

The club averaged 604 (+28) after two days, which is second-best team average in history. After shooting the second-best team round in school history (300, +12), the Hawks followed up with their fourth-best round (304, +16).

In his collegiate debut, freshman Young Lee shot a 153 (+9) in two rounds as an individual. Atlanta native Darius Davis finished tied for 27th overall after registering a 157 (+13). Classmate Timothy Mitchell (Glenn Dale, Md.) produced a 159 (+15) for the Hawks.



After the event, junior Christian Owens (Upper Marlboro, Md.) tied himself for ninth all-time in events played (13) with Kijontray McClay. Owens finished the tournament shooting 158 (+14).

On Oct. 17-18, the program will host its first event at the Maryland Eastern Shore Collegiate Golf Challenge, sponsored by The Courtyard Ocean City Oceanfront. The 54-hole event will be held at The Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Md.

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