Fayetteville State’s Isaiah Shaw and St. Augustine's Sam Cudjoe will represent their institutions and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) as individuals in the upcoming NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Region Golf Tournament. The 54-hole regional tournament will be held from May 7-9 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia.
The NCAA has announced the field of 80 teams and 32 student-athletes competing as individuals that have been selected to participate in regional competition. At a minimum, the top three teams and top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 21-25, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The finals will be hosted by the University of North Alabama.
CIAA Champion Livingstone College and Runner-up Virginia Union University will join Shaw and Cudjoe at the par-72 7,114-yard Cobb Course in West Virginia.
A junior from Altamonte Springs, Fla., Shaw is the reigning 2018 Low Medalist Winner of the CIAA Golf Championships. He won the event with a low two-round score of 153 (74, 79). His nine-over par was tied with Virginia Union’s Robel Woldagabriel. In a sudden-death playoff, Shaw finished the 18th hole with a par on the competition’s second attempt for the title.
The victory helped Shaw, recently named FSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, land on the All-Tournament team and the All-CIAA team, with the second best six-round seasonal average of 75.67. During regular season play, Shaw played his way to the Northern and Southern Division’s All-Tournament Team.
Cudjoe is the top individual seed based on his play during the fall and spring seasons. The Falcons’ freshman from Trinidad and Tobago won both CIAA Golfer of the Year and CIAA Rookie Golfer of the Year for posting the top individual average (73.25) in the conference. He earned All-CIAA honors in addition to winning the league’s Southern Division title and tying for third in the Northern Division Tournament.
Following the Regional Tournament, Shaw and Cudjoe and the teams from LIvingstone and Virginia Union will travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla. to participate in the 32nd PGA Minority Collegiate Championship.