Rattlers Golf Team Finishes Third at Home

What did the Rattlers place in the Seminole Intercollegiate?

Florida A&M hosted the FAMU Spring Invitational at Southwood Golf Club over the weekend, taking third place.

This was FAMU’s second tournament at Southwood in a week. The team compared its performance in the FAMU Invitational to its performance in the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Senior Wesley Yates said that the team played better in the Seminole Intercollegiate than in the FAMU Invitational. Most of the team shared similar thoughts on their performance in both tournaments.

The Rattlers started the tournament with a score of 296 on the first day. Junior Shephard Archie III led FAMU and the tournament with a score of 68. Yates finished behind Archie with a score of 75.

The second day of the tournament began after its scheduled 8:00 a.m. start time. The tournament was delayed by morning fog.

FAMU posted a score of 302 on the second day, led by freshman Randon Holt’s score of 72. Archie and Yates both finished behind Holt with scores of 74. Archie said that the team could have played better in the tournament.

“Everybody was supposed to do better than what they did,” Archie said.

Senior Elijah Jackson shared a similar comment on their performance.

“We all left a few shots out there,” Jackson said.

Archie was the top performer for the Rattlers in the Invitational. Archie had a total score of 142 in the tournament and finished second individually, behind Bethune-Cookman golfer Willie Mack III.

The Rattlers finished the tournament with a combined score of 598. Bethune-Cookman won the tournament and Tennessee State finished second.

The Rattlers have two important tournaments left in the season. The first is the MEAC Challenge in Savannah, Ga., and the second is the PGA National Minority Championship in Port St. Lucie.

Coach Marvin Green said the team needs to develop more consistency as the spring season comes to a close.

“We’ve got to get ready to know how to play consistent golf over a whole tournament,” Green said. “We can’t just have one-day golf.”

FAMU will compete with other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools in its next scheduled tournament, the MEAC Challenge, in April.

Team Scores:

1. Shephard Archie III: 68, 74 – 142

2. Randon Holt: 77, 72 – 149

3. Wesley Yates: 75, 74 – 149

4. Elijah Jackson: 76, 82 – 158

5. Cody Sapp: 82, 82 – 164


Individual Competitors:

James Coonce: 86, 73 – 159

Course Par: 72