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FORT LEE, VA - Virginia State University shot and 18-over 594 as a team to run away with the 2013 CIAA Golf Championship held at The Cardinal Golf Club in Fort Lee, Va.CIAA Logo
Heading into day two of the Championships, the Trojans enjoyed a 16 shot advantage over Virginia Union and an 18 shot advantage over Chowan University, and they never let up as the lead increased to a whopping 34 shot lead.  
The VSU Trojans finished with a two day total of 594 (+18), while the Hawks of Chowan University finished in second with a total of 628 (+52). Virginia Union was third with a tow day total of 638 (+62), and defending champion, Fayetteville State (648, +72), finished a distant fourth, 54 shots behind the VSU Trojans.
Coaches, players and fans were treated to some wonderful golf, as the student-athletes produced some great shots and even better scores on the final day of competition.
Virginia State’s win was team dominant, as they placed six golfers within eight shots of the lead with Aaron Bryant (71-74-145) leading the way finishing second, and Omari Howard (74-73-147) finishing in third place. Benjamin Shields (79-72-151) was fifth, while Zac Smith tied for sixth (76-76-152) and Adam Clary (77-76-153) and Rashad Hunt (74-79-153) tied for ninth.
CIAA Golf Player of the Year honors went to Virginia Union’s Mason Simpson, who also took home Low Medalist honors at the 2013 CIAA Golf Championships. Simpson outdueled Virginia State’s Aaron Bryant in a playoff as both players finished at +1 (145).  Simpson’s tee shot on the first playoff hole hit the green (par 4, 316 yds), while Bryant’s tee shot went in the bunker. Simpson birdied the hole and Bryant went on to make par.
The All-Tournament team consists of Mason Simpson (VUU), Aaron Bryant (VSU), Omari Howard (VSU), Lawrence McKenzie (LC) and Benjamin Shields (VSU).



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