DOVER, Del.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Men’s golf team is coming off a momentous tournament win at the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Collegiate Challenge (SIAC).
The victory for the Hawks marks their first tournament win as a Division 1 program in the NCAA.
Head Coach Marshall Cropper is proud of the work his team put in during the offseason.
“They did a great job sticking together,” Cropper said. “It’s been a long time coming for us.”
The team is made up of one senior, two juniors and four sophomores. Norman Blanco, Blair Waters and Bryce Young were selected to the All-Tournament team.
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“As a team, we stayed together and battled through the tough times,” Sophomore Waters said. “We pushed through negativity and turned it into a positive.”
Before the big win, the team progressed by winning smaller battles along the way. The Hawks ranked the sixth lowest in program history on the last day of the tournament. They shot a 307 (+19). They also made school NCAA Division 1 history by posting the fifth lowest team average in a two-round, 36-hole event.
This was sophomore Bryce Young’s first collegiate tournament. He completed with 155 (+9) strokes in two rounds.
“The team’s hard work finally paid off,” said Young. “It was a much deserved victory. Now, we just have to take this win and learn from it. We have the potential to compete in every tournament.”
Junior Norman Blanco picked up the pace after a slow start in his 16th career tournament. He beat his day one 86 (+14) start with a 13-storke differential. Blanco finished fifth in the event and became fourth on the University’s Division 1 All-Time events played list.
“It was a tough course, but we didn’t get ahead of ourselves,” Blanco said. “We played for each other, which I thought was the most important part of winning the event.”
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