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miles 2021 PGA Works Champs

PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. -- With just a slim lead heading into the final round of the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, Miles College was hoping that the momentum it conjured at the end of the second round would propel the team to a title.

Did it ever.

The Golden Bears' top four scorers shot a combined 2-over through the first nine holes to take command en route to a 21-stroke victory to win the Division II title at the TPC Sawgrass course. Anthony Lumpkin earned medalist honors with a three-day score of 231 to win by two strokes over Kentucky State's Rob Duff and three strokes past teammate Phillip Darst. The win marked the first time that Miles finished atop the leaderboard in the event.

Starting on the 10th tee, Miles was solid from the beginning. The Golden Bears played the first four holes at even par with Lumpkin and Marquis Taylor carding back-to-back birdies to start at 2-under. From there, it was Darst and Christian Copen who took the baton and gave Miles even more breathing room. Copen would make just one birdie over the opening nine holes but it was good enough to send him out at 1-under. Darst, who made double bogey on the 10th, would sink a birdie on 14 then add an eagle on the par-5 17th to also hit the turn at 1-under. With Lumpkin at 1-over and Taylor at 3-over, the Golden Bears' slim lead had ballooned to 19 shots with nine holes to go.

The final nine holes was less about whether Miles had enough to hold on to win the team title. It set up a showdown between Lumpkin and Darst for medalist honors. The two were tied for first when they teed off on the first hole and remained there with five holes remaining. But a quadruple bogey by Darst gave Lumpkin a 3-shot edge and was ultimately the difference as the senior shot a 4-over 76 to take medalist honors for the second time this season.

Copen would also shoot 4-over 76 on the round and finished tied for ninth. Darst finished 5-over and Taylor was 7-over for the day and finished 18th while Chandler Holcomb shot 11-over on the day but finished tied for 16th.

~MilesGoldenBears.com

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