Christopher Toney (pictured) and UMES head to the Sunshine State for the first time this season

April 3, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off a 21st place finish this past weekend, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team is ready to hit the links again, as the Hawks will head south to compete in the Florida A&M Invitational this weekend. The tournament will be held at the par-72 Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

UMES is in for a treat at the course, where the Southwood Golf Club was recently named one of the top 35 new golf courses in the nation. It is also a Fred Couples signature course and features 11 par-4 holes. The event is the first of two trips for UMES to the Sunshine State this season.

The Hawks will to senior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) and freshman Norman Blanco (New Oreleans, La.) to lead the way. Veverka returns to the links after missing the last tournament due to PGA Management Program commitments, but looks to continue his strong play in which he has a 74.67 average (+3) in six rounds. Blanco led UMES with a 41st place finish at the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational and is shooting a seven-over-par 78.8 average.

Senior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) is averaging a 91 score but has been a top-4 player in each of the two tournaments he has golfed in this season. UMES has had six golfers play in two tournaments this season and junior Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is tied with Veverka with six rounds of action.

The tournament is the final tuneup for the Hawks before the MEAC Championships, which are set to begin on April 25 at the Crosswinds Golf Course in Savannah, Ga.

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