Raad shot a two-under-par 70 on day one at the event

Oct. 2, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga. - Juniors Gregory Raad (Bel Air, Md.) and Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) each shot two-under-par first day rounds of 70 as the pair helped lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team to a fifth-place finish at the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Golf Invitational. The event was held at the par-72, 6,539 yard course at Browns Mill Golf Course.

The Hawks final score of 598 was the lowest recorded score in the history of the program. It was also the first time that the team has ever finished under 600 for a two-day event.

"The team played great," said Raad. "We broke our old scoring record by keeping it simple and taking everything one shot at a time. I was able to stay focused for 18 holes on the first day and backed it up with a good round on the second day as well."

The Hawks were led by the efforts of Raad and Toney on the first day, but also saw impressive performances from juniors Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) and Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.). Veverka shot a three-over-par 75, while Cecil concluded day one with a 76. The Hawks were aided by freshman Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.) and junior Kijontray McClay (Los Angeles, Calif.), who shot scores of 80 and 88, respectively.

The 291 score from the Hawks put them in third-place after the first day. Their play would continue into the final round as the Hawks shot a 307 to finish the event two points under 600.

Raad once again spearheaded the charge for UMES in the final round. The junior shot a 74, while Ververka mirrored his score from day one with a 75. Cecil shot a 76 for the second consecutive day and McClay and Toney each ended their final round with scores of 82. Seward finished action in individual play with an 83.



"The team played really well, particularly on the first day," said Head Coach Marshall Cropper. "There was a change in pin placement on the second day. It was a little difficult, but the team still golfed really well. We have a young team and are getting better each time out."

The Hawks will take a few days off before they compete in the Holiday Inn Colonial Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa. The team begins play in the event on Sunday, Oct. 7 and will conclude the tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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

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