Chowan Men’s Golf Earn 2017 CIAA Championship Title
GLEN ALLEN, VA- The Chowan University men's golf team captured the 2017 CIAA Championship crown on Friday afternoon at The Crossings Golf Club in Glen Allen. The Hawks edged Virginia Union University by five strokes with a two-day total team score of 631 to claim the program's second consecutive CIAA Championship title. Chowan's Jordan Francis shot a two-day total of 145 to claim 2017 CIAA Men's Golf Championship Medalist honors.
Chowan shot a 325 in the opening round of play, and carded a 306 on Friday. Virginia Union finished runner-up with a two-day round score of 636. Livingstone College finished in third place (639) followed by Fayetteville State University (650). Johnson C. Smith and Virginia State University each carded a 704 tying for fifth place. The Vikings of Elizabeth City State posted a two-day total of 790 for a seventh place finish. Saint Augustine's University finished in eighth place with a two-round team score of 885.
CU's Jordan Francis carded a 74 in the opening round of play and followed with a 71 in the second round to secure individual low medalist honors (145). Francis claims the second individual championship for Chowan after Cliff Forbes claimed the first in 2012. Joshua Mohun of Virginia Union and Isaiah Shaw of Fayetteville State finished with a 153 to finish tied for second place individually.
Rich Edwards finished tied for seventh place individually in the 39-player field with a two-round score of 160. Billy Britton and Christian Fleetwood each shot a 83 in both rounds for the Hawks. They concluded play at the CIAA Championship tied for 14th with a two-round score of 166. Steven Rhinard finished tied for 18th place individually. After carding an 97 in the opening round, Edwards showed resilience in the final day of play, carding a 77 for Chowan.
The Hawks with advance to compete in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament on May 2nd – May 5th. The NCAA Championship selection show for pairings for NCAA D2 Atlantic Region Men's Golf Regionals will be released on April 28th, 2017. Site selections will also be released at that time.