Lions defend SIAC golf title

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Paine College shot 321 in the final round at Jones Creek Golf Club on Tuesday to win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Golf Classic by 24 strokes over More­house and repeat as conference champions.

“Our guys were extremely focused on the task at hand, they fought through adversity this year and that growth helped them become champions. I am tremendously proud of their effort,” head coach Herman Belton said.

The Lions finished with a two-day total of 643.

Paine’s Carlos Solis claimed medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 150. Teammates Jerrell Hubbard (155) and Victor Tapia (157) were second and third, respectively.

All three were named to the all-tournament team, and Belton was named SIAC Golf Coach of the Year.

“I am ecstatic about the job that Coach Belton did this year. He had a talented group of young men and groomed them to reach their potential. That is what coaching is all about,” Paine director of athletics Tim Duncan stated. We would not be here if not for the unwavering support of the Paine College Golf Committee and the participants of our annual tournament. Their loyal and consistent support provides us with the additional resources needed to reach the apex of the SIAC Conference.

The Lions also earned multiple regular-season awards. Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year and first team all-conference, while Tapia was named second team all-conference and to the all-academic team.


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