TUCKER, Ga. – Miles College won its first-ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men's Golf Championship, Wednesday afternoon at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker, Ga.
The Golden Bears led the entire three-day event and finished with a total team score of 962. Benedict, the 2015 SIAC men's golf champions finished second with a score of 983, 21 strokes behind the leaders. Kentucky State (1035) placed third edging Morehouse (1043) who finished fourth. Paine (1056) and LeMoyne-Owen (1139) were fifth and sixth respectively.
"We started the program at Miles three years ago," said Miles head coach Leonard Smoot who was named the 2016 SIAC Men's Golf All-Tournament Coach. "It was just a mere thought of having a team at Miles but as the team progressed, particularly this year, I told them that through hard work that they could win a conference championship. I saw their determination and work ethic. I knew they had a great chance. Now that we are champs, it's a blessing. It shows that something good comes out of hard work. As long as you work hard you can accomplish your goals."
After finishing with the tournament with scores of 235, Benedict's Rajai Cousley and Cameron Wilhite of Miles went head-to-head in a spirited one-hole playoff round to determine the tournament Most Valuable Player. Cousley won by a stroke and was named the 2016 SIAC Men's Golf MVP.
The all-tournament team consisted of Cousley, Wilhite (235), Tommy Swearingen of Morehouse (239), Jacob McCurray of Miles (240), and Josh Lewis of Miles (245).
Miles shot 326 in round one to take the lead following the opening day of the tournament. The Golden Bears remained in front in round two (326) but Benedict tried to close the gap by shooting 313 in the final round.