PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Ryan Smith and Dorian Vauls each shot final-round 69s as Tennessee State rallied from 10 shots behind and won the 23rd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Sunday.
Three of the Tigers’ five players, led by Smith and Vauls, broke par in the final round as TSU, which does not have a senior on the roster, overtook Bethune-Cookman and won by a single stroke. Chris Seibel shot a 71 at The PGA Golf Club, and Richard Gill rounded out the scoring with a73.
Vauls’ third-round score was eight shots better than he had done in either of the first two.
“I knew going into the final round there was going to be some pressure but I told them go out and play their game,” TSU coach Chip Taylor said. “They finished very strong."
Seibel sealed the victory with a birdie on the 17th hole and a par save on No. 18..
“We had a feeling it would be close and could feel the tension building the whole day,” Seibel said. “Our team is young and has been struggling all year but we came out and played well and can not wait to come back next year.”