Virginia State runs away from competition to win CIAA crown
FORT LEE, Va. -- Virginia State shot an 18-over 594 as a team to run away with the 2013 CIAA Championship on Friday held at The Cardinal Golf Club.
Heading into day two of the championships, the Trojans enjoyed a 16-shot advantage against Virginia Union and an 18-shot advantage against Chowan and they never let up as the lead increased to a whopping 34-shot lead.
The VSU Trojans finished with a two-day total of 594 (+18), while the Hawks of Chowan finished in second with a total of 628 (+52). Virginia Union was third with a two-day total of 638 (+62) and defending champion Fayetteville State (648, +72) finished a distant fourth, 54 shots behind the VSU Trojans.
Virginia State’s win was dominant, as it placed six golfers within eight shots of the lead with Aaron Bryant (71-74-145) leading the way finishing second and Omari Howard (74-73-147) finishing in third place. Benjamin Shields (79-72-151) was fifth, while Zac Smith tied for sixth (76-76-152) and Adam Clary (77-76-153) and Rashad Hunt (74-79-153) tied for ninth.
CIAA Golf Player of the Year honors went to Virginia Union’s Mason Simpson, who also took home medalist honors. Simpson outdueled Virginia State’s Aaron Bryant in a playoff as both players finished at +1 (145). Simpson’s tee shot on the first playoff hole hit the green (par 4, 316 yds), while Bryant’s tee shot went in the bunker. Simpson birdied the hole and Bryant went on to make par.
The All-Tournament team consisted of Mason Simpson (VUU), Aaron Bryant (VSU), Omari Howard (VSU), Lawrence McKenzie (LC) and Benjamin Shields (VSU).