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SSU Alumni To Hold Golf Tournament

The Atlanta Downtown Alumni Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association will have their third annual scholarship golf tournament on August 24. The tournament will be held at Crystal Lake Golf & County Club in Hampton, Georgia. All proceeds will go toward student scholarships that the downtown chapter awards each year.

Crystal Lake was built in 2006 and the 7,202 yard, par 72 layout has 18 holes and a 144 slope.

The deadline to register for the event is August 10. Individuals can participate for $125 while the cost for a foursome is $450.

There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and the format is a four person scramble.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place teams as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. There will also be a hole-in-one contest. Mulligans are $5 each or five for $20.

Lunch will be served immediately following the tournament (1 p.m until 3 p.m.). Sponsorships are also available. Hole sponsors are $100. Other sponsorships are Bronze Supporter ($250- $499), Silver Supporter ($500-$999), Gold Supporter ($1,000-$1,499) and Platinum Supporter ($1,500 and up).

Patrick Gayle
Patrick Gayle

You can register online at eventbrite/SSUNAA. For more information on the event, contact Rick White at 404-545-1925 or rhw102336@gmail.com or Nicole Blount at 912-655- 7436 or johnsonblount@gmail.com

Albany State Names Basketball Coach

Albany State University has announced that Patrick Gayle has been named the Rams new men’s basketball coach.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gayle joins the staff at Albany State after a successful thirteen year run as an assistant and most recently, the head coach at St. Thomas University in Miami, Gardens Florida. From 2008-2012 he was an assistant before being promoted in July of 2012 where he went on to compile an overall record of 125-51 over six seasons as the head coach. In his first three years at the helm of the program, Gayle guided the Bobcats to the NAIA Division II Tournament advancing to the Sweet 16 in twice (2013, 2014). He was twice named Sun Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to Sun Conference Regular Season titles during the 2013-2014 and 2017- 2018 seasons. Gayle has also had success against NCAA Division II competition with a 6-3 record during his time at St. Thomas including a win over Florida Southern, who would go on to win the National Championship later that year.

His team also made history during the 2013-2014 season as they set a new school record for wins (26). During his tenure at St. Thomas, his program produced twelve All-Conference players, three All-Defensive team honorees, six NAIA All-Americans and three Dean’s List Student-Athletes. Gayle’s efforts were acknowledged by his peers as he was recently honored as the 2018 St. Thomas University Staff Member of the Year.

His other coaching stints include Tiffin University (Tiffin, Ohio), Creekside High School (Fairburn, Georgia) and Nova High School (Davie, Florida)

Gayle has also spent six year of his life in academia as an educator at both the middle and high school levels. During his time as the STEM Math Lead Teacher at Margate Middle School (Margate, Florida) he designed and developed a curriculum in Civil and Mechanical Engineering for grades 6th-8th.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Memphis in 2002 and completed his Master’s in Business Administration in 2007 from Tiffin University. Gayle and his wife Sherida have four children Sanai, Asaya, Solomon and Asahel.

Alcorn State, Grambling Picked to win SWAC

The Southwestern Athletic Conference held their annual Football Media Day on July 13 at the recently refurbished Birmingham Marriott and Alcorn State and Grambling State were tabbed as the top picks for the 2016 season.

East Division four-time defending champion

Alcorn State totaled 95 points as it was named the preseason favorite to win the East once again. Alabama State was selected to finish in second with 72 points, Jackson State received 55 points, followed by Alabama A&M (51) and Mississippi Valley State (27).

In the West Division, reigning two-time SWAC champion Grambling State was chosen as the overall favorite after amassing a conference-best 96 points in the voting. Southern was selected second after it received 78 points. Prairie View A&M followed in third place with 65 points while Texas Southern (31) and Arkansas Pine Bluff (30) rounded out the order of predicted finish.

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