Port St. Lucie, Fla.-----Stephan Stallworth of San Jose State University was one of only two golfers with an even par or better score in the final round at the 22nd annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Men’s Independent Division.
Stallworth signed for his second even-par 72 of the tournament on the Wanamaker Course in the PGA (Professional Golf Association) Village. He finished in fourth place with a 223 total. The sophomore from Rancho Murrieta, Calif., opened the 54-hole championship with a 72.
Only Oregon State’s Vincent Johnson had a better final round score than Stallworth with a one-under 71. Second-round leader Armando Favela of Loyola of Illinois was the medalist with a 215 total. Amit Odaiyar of Florida Atlantic was second at 217 followed by Johnson at 218.
Stallworth’s fourth-place finish was his fifth top-20 placing in 2007-08 and his second in as many tournaments. He tied for sixth at the Western Athletic Conference Championship played at the Cinnaabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, April 28-30.
His teammate, Miguel Camitoc, a freshman from Hayward, Calif., notched his first top-10 finish at the collegiate level tying for seventh place at 230.
"We learned a lot from this trip. Larning to play on the East Coast was a good experience since we have tournaments in the East on next year's schedule," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday, who mentioned it took 18 hours of travel time to get to West Palm Beach, Fla. "This was a fabulous championship. It was extremely well run by the PGA."
Final 54-hole results from the PGA the 22nd Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Men’s Independent Division
Wanamaker Course, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Leading individuals (28 finishers)
1. Armando Favela, Loyola, Ill. 71-68-76-215
2. Amit Odaiyar, Florida Atlantic 71-73-73-217
3. Vincent Johnson, Oregon State 73-74-71-218
4. Stephan Stallworth, San Jose State 72-79-72-223
5. Edmund Tan, Northwood 76-74-76-226
6. Juan Ronderos, Bethune Cookman 74-75-78-227
7. Miguel Camitoc, San Jose State 78-74-78-230
Justin Ford, Clemson 79-77-74-230
Derrick Williams, Cleveland State 76-77-77-230
Chris Nieto, New Mexico State 76-77-77-230
Henry Stetina, New Mexico State 77-72-81-230