Virginia Union

Virginia Union claims CIAA golf title

The Panthers break a nearly half century of futility

Courtesy: CIAA

NEW KENT, VA – The Virginia Union golf team capped off their strong season in the CIAA by holding off the field to win the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Golf Championship, held at the Club at Viniterra in New Kent, VA. Fayetteville State’s Sean Burke maintained his lead from round 1 to take home the individual title. 

After coming into round 2 with a narrow four-stroke lead, the Panthers separated from the field on the last day to finish the two-day event with a score of 607 (+31), capturing their first CIAA championship since 1971. VUU bested second-place Fayetteville State, who finished with a team score of 622 (+46), by 15 strokes to sweep all CIAA contests this season. The Broncos made a strong push in the second round to move into second place and hold off defending champion Livingstone, who finished in third place during the championship with a score of 633 (+57). The Blue Bears finished in third place during all CIAA events throughout the season.

Sean Burke from Fayetteville State University

Burke, who received the Lowest Medalist award, defeated Johnson C. Smith’s DeJuan Powell by shooting for par in a one-hole playoff to win the tournament. Both golfers finished the tournament with a 147 (+3). Livingstone’s Michael Sutton mirrored his team’s place by finishing third individually with a score of 148 (+4). Virginia Union’s Paul Meints (+6, 150) and Alkin Barkley (+7, 151) helped round out the top five. All five aforementioned golfers were named to the All-Tournament team. 

In addition, Burke, a sophomore from Fayetteville, NC, was named All-CIAA as well as 2019 CIAA Player of the Year, which is given to the player with the highest combined average from the CIAA Northern Tournament, CIAA Southern Tournament, and the CIAA Championship. Virginia Union’s Barkley and Travon Willis shared Co-Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named to the All-CIAA team.

Joining the trio on the All-CIAA team were Allan Day (Virginia Union), Tanner Duncan (Saint Augustine’s), DeJuan Powell (Johnson C. Smith), Alex Stewart (Livingstone), Paul Meints (Virginia Union), Sam Cudjoe (Saint Augustine’s), & Logan Sessoms (Fayetteville State). 

Virginia Union will now advance to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament, which takes place May 9th-11th in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

For a complete look at the final team and individual results, please visit

1st Place – Virginia Union
2nd Place – Fayetteville State 
3rd Place – Livingstone 

Highest Team GPA Award – Livingstone College

2019 CIAA Golf Championship All-Tournament Team

Sean Burke, Fayetteville State
DeJuan Powell, Johnson C. Smith
Michael Sutton, Livingstone
Paul Meints, Virginia Union
Alkin Barkley, Virginia Union

2019 CIAA Golf All-Conference Team

Sean Burke, Fayetteville State – Player of the Year
Alkin Barkley, Virginia Union – Co-Rookie of the Year
Travon Willis, Virginia Union – Co-Rookie of the Year
Allan Day, Virginia Union
Tanner Duncan, Saint Augustine’s 
DeJuan Powell, Johnson C. Smith
Alex Stewart, Livingstone
Paul Meints, Virginia Union
Sam Cudjoe, Saint Augustine’s
Logan Sessoms, Fayetteville State

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