HBCU Sports: Miles Golf posts top Division II finish at opening tourney

TUCKER, Ga. — The Miles golf team got off to a strong start this past weekend with a ninth place finish in its season-opening tournament, the National Black College Hall of Fame Invitational, played at Heritage Golf Links.

National Black College Hall of Fame Invitational, played at Heritage Golf Links

The team shot a two-day total of 625, which was the top score among the nine non-Division I schools in the field, two strokes better than Livingston College, whom the Golden Bears trailed by 16 strokes after the first day. Josh Lewis led the Golden Bears, shooting an 11-over 153, which tied for 30th overall and tied for 5th among the non-Division I participants.

“They showed great disciple coming back from a 16-stroke hole on the first day,” said head coach Leonard Smoot.

Redshirt freshman Timothy Simpson (13, 155) and freshman twins Tyler Simmons ( 16, 158) and Taylor Simmons ( 17, 159) all joined Lewis in trimming a combined 15 strokes off their first-day scores to storm ahead of both Livingston and Division I Chicago State (630) into the top-10.

“I think this is the best team I’ve had since I started program, said Smoot, who won the SIAC Championship in 2015. “They’ve gelled from not only an athletic standpoint, but from a standpoint of pushing each other to succeed.”

Vitthal Parker ( 20, 162) struggled but knocked four strokes off his first-round effort as the non-scoring golfer for the Golden Bears.

Miles is in action next Oct. 16-17 at the TVA Credit Union Classic, which will be held at the Turtle Point Yacht Country Club in Florence, Ala.