Norman Blanco (pictured) named VSU Trojan Fall Classic Tournament MVP
Oct. 27, 2015

Box Score

PETERSBURG, Va. – Despite the wintery, rainy conditions, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Men’s Golf team battled their way to victory at the Virginia State University (VSU) Trojan Fall Classic. The 10-team tournament was held at the Dogwood Trace Golf Course in Petersburg, Va.

“I am proud of our guys,” said UMES Men’s Golf head coach Marshall Cropper. “After day one, I challenged us to do better and they did. These guys continue to make history.”

Individually, four Hawks were selected to the All-Tournament team. Norman Blanco (New Orleans, La.) headlined the honors as he was named Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). In two days, the Louisiana product shot 150 (+6) and entered the record book with the fifth best individual average in a two-round, 36-hole event. Additionally, he became first UMES golfer in the school’s Division I history to win an individual title.

“It certainly feels good to accomplish my goal of winning a collegiate event,” Blanco stated. “Going into the tournament, we had our minds set on coming in first place. The course was tough, but we were focused and stayed patient as a team to claim our second win of the season.”

Maryland Eastern Shore picked up their second collegiate tournament win as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. The squad grabbed their historic victory the previous month in Alabama.



UMES fought off Mother Nature throughout the two days as they shot a collective 612 (+39), which ranks as the third best team average score in a two-round, 36-hole event in the school’s Division I history. Furthermore, the two rounds finished among the best in the program’s young DI history. The first round finished 10th while the next day was tied for sixth all-time.

Second-year golfers Demarkis Cooper (Clinton, Md.) and Bryce Young (Stevensville, Md.) joined Blanco on the all-tournament squad. Cooper and Young each finished third and fourth, respectively. Also, Cooper climbed up the program’s record book as he tied former teammate Jon Seward with the ninth most events played.

Rookie Blair Waters (Jacksonville, Fla.) collected his second all-tournament award after placing second behind Blanco. The Florida native ended the event three strokes back of the top spot. Sophomore Timothy Mitchell (Glenn Dale, Md.) rounded out the Hawks and finished 14th overall.

Christian Owens (Clinton, Md.) and newcomer Justin Diggs (Damascus, Md.) competed individually and came on strong. Owens placed 13th overall and shot a personal best 81 (+9) on the final day. Diggs took part in his first collegiate event and finished in the top 10.

The event featured three classifications: Men’s Division I, Men’s Division II, and Women’s Division I & II combined. Therefore, the Hawks were grouped in DI with familiar Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foes, North Carolina Central and Hampton.

Other notable mentions included North Carolina Central’s Zane Lewis earning all-tournament honors. In Division II, Randolph Macon took home the hardware while the Lady Pirates defeated Chowan in the Women’s Division.

On Nov. 2-3, the Hawks will close out the fall season with the Savannah State University (SSU) Tiger Invitational.

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