SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly sophomore golfer Buddy Senatore withdrew midway through the final round of the 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Sunday. The front nine required 3.5 hours to complete and Senatore as well as two other golfers were forced to withdraw in order to catch flights home.
After two rounds of play, Cal Poly Senatore was tied for 11th place among 33 golfers competing in the three-day event at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Senatore, who carded an eight-over-par 80 Friday on the 6,830-yard, par-72 Wanamaker Course, followed with an 87 Saturday and was tied with Barry Davis of Alabama State with 167 totals.
Senatore was competing for men's Division I individual honors. Fourteen women also were entered as well as 11 men's Division I teams and nine women's squads.
After two rounds of 74, Justin Watkins of Central Oklahoma shot a final-round 78 and won the 54-hole tournament with a 226 total, two strokes ahead of Aaron Burton of Adelphi (79-75-74).
Senatore, a graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School who transferred to Cal Poly after two seasons, including a redshirt year, at Fresno State, played in one tournament in his first season as a Mustang.
He posted rounds of 82, 86 and 78 for a 54-hole 246 total in the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational last October at Cypress Ridge, placing 62nd.
Senatore was a quarterfinalist in the 2010 San Joaquin Valley Match Play Championship and runner-up in the 2010 Burbank City Amateur. He was a four-year letterwinner at San Joaquin Memorial High, a three-time team MVP and three-time North Yosemite League individual champion.
He was named Player of the Conference three times, won the 2008 North Yosemite League championship by 16 strokes and led his high school team to the 2009 CIF-Valley Section Championship.