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Texas Southern men, women sweep at golf tournament

NATCHEZ — Texas Southern University’s men’s and women’s golf nearly swept all the top awards after the completion of Tuesday’s Day 2 play at the 2013 Alcorn State Invitational at Beau Pré Country Club.

Texas Southern’s men’s team had a Day 2 team score of 318 to hold off Arkansas-Pine Bluff to capture first place in its division with a two-day total of 642. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s men’s team also had a team score of 318 on Tuesday to finish five shots back with a two-day score of 647.

Nqobani Ndabambi shot a final-round 74 to finish with a two-day score of 154 and ended up in a playoff against Texas Southern’s William Wells, who had back-to-back rounds of 77 to end up at 154. The playoff started — and ended — on the par-5 18th hole. Ndabambi parred the hole and won the men’s low medalist honors after Wells bogeyed the hole.

For Texas Southern, Luis Colon had a 78 to finish at 155 and one shot out of the playoff, Josiah Brown shot a 79 to finish at 169 and Jarett Croff came in with an 84 for a two-day score of 171.

“This is by far one of the best tournaments I’ve attended,” Texas Southern golf coach Hank Stewart said. “The guys didn’t do as well as I expected, but it’s early in the season. This is the guys’ second event and the girls’ third event.”

For Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jeff Chitando also came up one shot out of the playoff after he shot a 74 to finish at 155 while Elliott Rollins fired an 83 to finish at 170 and Matthew Dismukel had an 87 to finish at 168.

Alcorn State finished in third place after a Day 2 team score of 336 gave it a two-day total of 684. Jon Michael White had a final-round 78 to a two-day score of 162. Jesus Rivera shot an 80 to finish at 165. Arlen Sims struggled to a round of 88 to finish with a 169. Royal Hill fired a 90 to finish at 188.

“I’m always proud of my team. I’m proud of them as long as they play their best,” Alcorn State golf coach Lynette West-Smith said. “I try to instill in them to play smart and safe. I instill confidence in them. (Monday) was a rough day for us. Today the course played a little shorter. But overall, I’m proud of them.”

Prairie View A&M came in fourth with a two-day team score of 697 and Mississippi Valley State finished fifth at 872 over two days.

On the women’s side, there was no doubt that Texas Southern would finish in first place. The only question would be by how many strokes. Led by low medalist Kassandra Rivera, who shot a final-round 74 to finish at 145, TSU had a Day 2 team score of 318 to finish with a two-day total of 630.

Carmen Gonzales had back-to-back rounds of 77 to finish at 154. Adriana Trevino fired a round of 83 to finish at 164. Jalyn Kuykendall had a final-round 84 to end up at 167.

“The women played exceptionally well,” Stewart said. “We had a great time here in Natchez. I’m so proud of my ex-player Lynette for the job she’s doing at Alcorn. I thank the golf course and the city of Natchez for making us so welcome.”

Prairie View A&M came in second place. That was the good news as it finish 353 strokes back of Texas Southern after a Day 2 team score of 483 put them with a team score of 983.

Mississippi Valley State finished in third place with a two-day total of 1,121 after a Day 2 score of 555. And, yes, MVSU got a trophy for its third-place finish.

Alcorn State had just two players on its women’s team — not enough to field a team. Haleyon Swisher had consecutive rounds of 101 to finish at 202 and Janell Hayes had a final-round 109 to finish at 219.

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