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Benedict wins the inaugural Leave a Legacy Golf Invitational

October 17, 2008

October 16 - 18, 2008

Canton, OH - Day Two of the Leave A Legacy Golf Invitational began and ended very similar to Day 1. Another cold and windy day, Benedict taking control of the course and another Benedict player, Shane Phillips, finishing the day with lowest score of the Tournament. Galen Aldrich and Calvin Mason, also from Benedict, chipped in to the Tiger victory with both shooting a par 72 on the Historic Clearview Golf Course.

Benedict's top three players Calvin Mason, Galen Aldrich and Shane Phillips finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to win the event. Shane regrouped from shotting an 83 yesterday to shot the lowest score of the tournament…a 70. Calvin Mason shot the lowest overall score in the Tournament and is the Tournament Most Valuable Player shooting a 75 and 72 for a total score of 147. Galen Aldrich finished in second with a 152 and Shane finished with a 153.

Jared Perkins of Kentucky State shot an 84 and Brad Freeman shot an 81 to lead Paine's players.

Benedict took first place, Kentucky State took 2nd and Paine took third.

Former LPGA tour legend, Renee Powell sat with her father Dr. Bill Powell and watched in delightment as the SIAC concurred their course and made history. She stated "Its been quite exciting putting together the Leave a Legacy Golf Invitational because we're talking about Historic Black Colleges playing on a Historic Golf Course and its interesting watching history happen. Having been in golf my entire life, its been great to see so many wonderful golfers coming from the SIAC and exceptional young men. I was just really impressed because it is just young and refined gentleman filled with respect here which is something you don't find often. You may find one or two but to have an entire tournament filled with exceptional young men is very rare. Golf brings the best out of people and I'm glad to see the impact that golf has had on these young men. Its one thing to be competitive but is another to be a decent competitor and a competitive person and these guys have it. This is the start of something very good that we are proud to have here for a long time."

Tomorrow the SIAC Players will take lessons from Renee Powell and host a clinic to the general public here in Canton, OH. They will also meet with corporations from around the country to discuss options for internships and jobs with companies like John Deere and JC Watts corporation. Various celebrities will also be in attendance, including former congressman JC Watts and Former NFL great Joey Browner, to participate in a golf outing.

The Leave A Legacy Golf Invitation will culminate tomorrow night at a reception held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The All Tournament Team consisting of the top five players in the Tournament
1. Calvin Mason (Benedict)
2. Galen Aldrich (Benedict)
3. Shane Phillips (Benedict)
4. Jared Perkins (Kentucky State)
5. Brad Freeman (Paine)

Team Scores:

Team Name Day 1 Day 2 Tournament Total
Benedict 352 346 698
Kentucky State 365 360 725
Paine 416 417 833

Source: SIAC

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