Livingstone College Finishes Perfect Season with 2018 CIAA Golf Championship Title
By KIMBERLY HARRINGTON
New Kent, VA – On Friday, April 201, 2018, Livingstone College was named the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champion after posting a two-round score of 635 (+59) at The Club at Viniterra course in New Kent, Virginia. The championship crown is the team's 8th title in school history and first since 2015.
The Blue Bears kept a steady pace, marking a 317 in Round 1 and only tacking on one extra stroke for a total of 318 in the second and final round. Livingstone, who also won the CIAA’s Northern & Southern Division Tournaments in the regular season, led Runner-Up Virginia Union University by 11 strokes. The Panthers totaled 646 strokes (+70) while Saint Augustine’s University followed with a score of 671 (+95).
2018 CIAA Golf Championship Final Team Standings
Fin. Team Round 1 Round 2 Total Par
1 Livingstone 317 318 635 +59
2 Virginia Union 321 325 646 +70
3 St. Augustine's 336 335 671 +95
4 Chowan 341 334 675 +99
5 Elizabeth City State 331 349 680 +104
6 Johnson C. Smith 340 345 685 +109
7 Fayetteville State 334 368 702 +126
8 Virginia State 375 355 730 +154
Isaiah Shaw of Fayetteville State University was crowned Low Medalist of the championship event. His two-day score of 153 was 9 strokes above par, earning a No. 2 CIAA golf season ranking with his 75.67 strokes/round average. Shaw held off VUU's Robel Woldagabriel, who also marked 153 strokes in the tournament, in a sudden death tiebreaker for the Low Medalist award.
CIAA All-Tournament Golf Team
Fin. Athlete Team Round 1 Round 2 Total Par
1 Isaiah Shaw Fayetteville State 74 79 153 +9
2 Robel Woldagabriel Virginia Union 78 75 153 +9
3 Philip Harrison Livingstone 76 78 154 +10
T4 Tyler Futrell Elizabeth City State 75 80 155 +11
T5 DeJuan Powell Johnson C. Smith 79 76 155 +11
The complete CIAA golf season was highlighted by the All-CIAA team, led by Saint Augustine's freshman, Sam Cudjoe. Cudjoe won low medalist at the Southern Division Tournament while earning a third place finish at the Northern Division Tournament. He rounded out the CIAA Championship at No. 6 (76-80, +12) for a season average of 74.8 strokes per round.
All-CIAA First Team
Fin. Name Team Season Avg.
1 Sam Cudjoe Saint Augustine's 74.8
2 Isaiah Shaw Fayetteville State 75.67
3 Tyler Futrell Elizabeth City State 76
4 Paul Meints Virginia Union 76.8
5 Christian Fleetwood Chowan 77.3
6 Alex Stuart Livingstone 77.6
7 Philip Harrison Livingstone 77.8
8 Michael Sutton Livingstone 79.3
9 DeJuan Powell Johnson C. Smith 79.5
10 Allan Day Virginia Union 80.83
Cudjoe's coach, Julius Wells, was named 2018 CIAA Golf Coach of the Year, as announced by the conference and it's Men's Golf Coaches Association. Coach Wells turned the team around from last year's 8th place finish. The Falcons entered the Golf Championship at No. 5 and advanced to a 3rd place finish.
CIAA Golfer of the Year - Sam Cudjoe, SAU
CIAA Rookie of the Year - Sam Cudjoe, SAU
CIAA Coach of the Year - Julius Wells, SAU
Team GPA Award - Livingstone College
The CIAA Women's Softball and Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field are up next on the conference schedule. The Softball Championship, hosted in Salem, VA, will commence on Monday, April 30 with the Outdoor Track and Field Championship kicking off on Saturday, May 5 at Bowie State University. For more championship information, visit www.theciaa.com.