May 9, 2011
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - The Winston-Salem State Rams golf team wrapped up the 25th Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Group in style, finishing third among NCAA Division II teams, competing at one of the biggest tournaments in HBCU golf. The Rams finished the tournament with a 950 three-day total for the tournament, just 23 strokes behind the champion Virginia State Trojans.
The Rams made a steady move up the leaderboards in the event. After opening the tournament with a fifth-place effort on the opening day, the Rams moved up to fourth before closing out their third place finish on the third day. Reigning Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) foe Virginia State won the NCAA Division II crown at the event with Lincoln (Mo.) closing out the top two.
The WSSU team effort came due to some strong individual performances as Rams sophomore Glendon Mabe posted a 72 on the final day of the tournament to finish the event with a 224 total. Only Fayetteville State's John Cole posted a better three-day total among NCAA Division II team performers at the event. Three independent golfers tied or bested Mabe's score. WSSU freshman Zachary Sheets continued his strong play as well, posting a 75 and closing the event with a 226 three-day total. Junior James Draper added a final day 77 to round out a 252 for the tournament.
With the finish, the Rams cap one of their best seasons in school history as the team placed in the top three of every event this spring, including winning the 2011 WSSU Spring Golf Challenge. For more information on Rams golf, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.