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Golf Wins 2018 VSGA Intercollegiate

October 17, 2018

The VSGA Intercollegiate State Championship is in its 69th year. It was an all-Division event from 1950-1989 before splitting into a Division I and Division II-III competition for the next decade. The Division I schools stopped competing in 1998, and it's been a Division II-III event since then.  

There were 16 teams participating in this year's two day event.  This year's tournament was hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University and was contested at The Sleepy Hole Golf Course a 6,570 yards Par 72 design located on the beautiful Nansemond River. There are water hazards on seven holes. Enjoy the wide, playable tree-lined fairways, beautiful landscaping, and well-placed bunkers. The legendary 18th hole, rated "most challenging in Hampton Roads.  A challenge for the best of golfers.  This is the fourth time any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) has participated in this event during its 69 year history.  Virginia Union University finished in 1st place with a score of 594 (301/293), 5 play 4 lowest scores count each day).  Team scoring was led by Senior Allan Day 144 (73/71), followed by Freshman Travon Willis 148 (73/75), Senior Sergio Escalante 151 (79/72), Freshman Alkin Barkley 152 (77/75) and Senior Paul Meints 156 (78/78.  In a field of 93 players, VUU four golfers finish in the top 15.  Allan finished a T-2nd   Place Medalist, Travon Willis T 6th Place and Sergio Escalante T 13th. 

 "This has been a four year journey from 10th Place in our very first year and to 1st Place our fourth year," said VUU Head Golf Coach E. Lee Coble.  "Overall, I couldn't be more proud of the way the Panthers played.  They never quit, even when the conditions were such that a number of players quit mentally. The team improved by eight shots in tougher conditions. It was a great experience for the team to participate in this caliber of NCAA tournament."

VUU Individual Scores  Day 1 Day 2  Overall
Allan Day               73    71       144
Travon Willis           73    75       148
Sergio Escalante        79    72       151
Alkin Barkley           77    75       152
Paul Meints             78    78       156
    

VUU Individual Standing      Overall
Allan Day                    tied 2nd  
Travon Willis                tied 6th  
Sergio Escalante             tied 13th  
Alkin Barkley                tied 15th 
Paul Meints                  tied for 24th       

16 Team Scores                         
Team Total Par                    R1     R2    Total   Par
1 Virginia Union University       301    293    594     18
2 Randolph-Macon                  298    307    605    29
3 Averett University              305    302    607     31
4 Christopher Newport University  302    307    609     33
5 Mary Washington University      302    309    611     35
6 Hampden-Sydney                  303    316    619     43
7 Bridgewater College             310    314    624     48
T8 Lynchburg                      318    312    630     54
T8 Southern VA                    319    311    630     54
10 Shenandoah                     315    320    635     59
11 Emory & Henry                  326    321    647     71
12 Virginia Wesleyan              323    332    655     79
13 Eastern Mennonite U            336    326    662     86
T14 The Apprentice School         337    336    673     97
T14 Roanoke College               325    348    673     97
16 Richard Bland /college         345    367    712     136