NEWMAN, Georgia – The North Carolina A&T Men’s Golf Team rose to the standings on Saturday and Xavier williams (SR, Boiling Springs, NC) won their first career tournament as the Aggies finished the final round of the HBCU Division I Invitational played at Summer Grove Golf Club, by 72, 6,954 yards.
Williams had a career round, shooting a 2-under-70 to end the tournament 3-under-141. He finished tied with Max Adams of Alabama State, who shot a tie in his last. tower. The Aggies finished fourth as a team, moving up one spot from fifth on Friday with a second round 6 of 294.
The state of Tennessee came back in force on the second day. After being four strokes behind Florida A&M after the opening round, the Tigers posted an impressive 2 of 290 on Saturday to end the tournament with 16 of 592 to take first place.
Alabama State was second (18-plus, 594), followed by Florida A&M (19-plus, 595), A&T and NC Central (23-plus, 599) in the top-5.
Williams started his round on the fifth hole. After a bogey on the par-3, 204 yards, No.7, Williams came back to tie with a birdie on No.9, a par-4 of 441 yards. He then caught fire, birding two of the next three holes he played to go 2 under the day.
Unfortunately, a double bug on par 3, 228 yards, 13th brought him back to par. He played consistently over the next three holes before coming back into the red with a birdie on par 4, 408 yards, 17th. He then took advantage of the par 5, 549 No. 2 yards with another birdie to close his round at 2 under.
Williams totaled five birdies that day and had eight for the tournament. His birdie tally was tied for the team lead on Saturday with Diego GonzÃ¡lez (SR, Caracas, Venezuela), which also had five.
Gonzalez had a great Day 2, ending the day 1-over. He finished the event in two rounds tied for 14th, gaining eight spots from Friday as he finished the tournament with a score of 6 of 150.
He started the day with a bogey on par 4, 365-yard No.6. He quickly came back to tie with a birdie on par 5, 555-yard No.8. He went into the red after birdieing another. par-5, this time the 11th from 508 yards. From there he had a road up and down. He missed the 12th par 4 by 374 yards before birdieing the 510-yard par 5, No. 14.
Gonzalez then made a bogey 15, birdie 17 and bogey 18 and the No.1. Once again, he took advantage of a par-5 to birdie at No.2. Then, with a bogey on 438 yards, par-4, no .3, his turn ended 1-over.
Diego Sanchez (SR, San Luis Potosi City, Mexico) moved up six places from Friday to tie for 22nd. Antoine Ford (SO, Atlanta, Ga.) Tied for 36th at 14 of 158.
A&T is back in action on October 11-12 when they compete in the Phoenix Invitational hosted by Elon University.