From Published Reports
ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Alabama State men's golf team won its fourth straight SWAC title Wednesday, pulling away from the field at Oak Wing Golf Course.
All five players shot under par in the final round as the Hornets tied an 18-hole school record in shooting 10-under par 278 in setting a 54-hole school record a team score of 852, pulling away from second-place Texas Southern (886) third-place Jackson State (905).
"It's amazing. God is amazing," said Alabama State head golf coach Dr. Gary Grandison, who earned men's SWAC Coach Of The Year honors for the fourth straight year. "I keep talking about the maturity of this group. They are showing they have what it takes to do some special things, and this is what I promised them when I recruited them. What they've done this year is remarkable in terms of defeating major and mid-major schools and to be one of the top teams in the nation in scoring."
The Hornets took the top three spots and as Branson Ferrier, Francis Berthiaume and Jose Oscar Rodriguez went 1-2-3, with Daniel Park finishing tied for fifth to earn first-team All-SWAC honors. Ian Mmbando finished eighth as all five ASU players earned all- conference honors.
Ferrier won the individual title for the third straight year, shooting four-under 68 to finish at six-under par 210, one shot ahead of Berthiaume, who shot three-under 69 on Wednesday to finish at five-under 211. Rodriguez shot one-under 71 in the final round to shoot two-under 214. Park also shot one-under 71 to finish at two-over par 218, and Mmbando carded a final-round 70 to shoot three-over 219.
Ferrier finished first in an event for the second time this season, and has been dominant at Oak Wing, a venue he shot 12-under par in 2014.
Wednesday's title gives the Alabama State golf program both the women's and men's SWAC Championships in the same year for the third straight year.
Jackson State finished in third place with a team score of 905. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (964), Prairie View A&M (966), Alcorn State (976), and Mississippi Valley State (1214) rounded out the team standings.
TSU’s Tom McLaughlin captured SWAC Freshman of the Year honors.
The Hornets will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year and will learn its NCAA destination Monday, May 4 during the 9 a.m. selection show on the Golf Channel.