By Brian Howard
Florida A&M University (FAMU) senior golfer Mulbe Dillard competed over the weekend at the Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) Tour Farmers Insurance Open Invitational at Torrey Pines on the North Course in La Jolla, Calif.
The Chicago, Ill., native finished the 27-hole event 11th at 8-over par 116 as former LSU star Landon Lyons won the tournament at 5 under.
“It was a beautiful course,” Dillard said. “It’s long and pretty demanding. It’s really a driver-driven course and can’t miss the fairways. But overall, I just didn’t have good putting during my two days.”
The APGA Tour was established in 2010. The non-profit organization’s mission, according to its website, is “to bring greater diversity to the game of golf by developing African Americans and other minorities for careers in golf.”
While Dillard didn’t get the finish he was looking for, he said his experience was great.
“Not only did we have our APGA Tour event, but we also had the opportunity to play in the PGA Pro-Am with professional golfer Danny Lee,” Dillard said.
Dillard was named the top-ranked golfer in the inaugural APGA Tour collegiate rankings in October, while teammates Mahindra Lutchman, Ethan Mangum and Cameron Riley claimed third, fourth and five, respectively.
“Obviously it is a great feeling to earn the top ranking, but I try not to let it get to my head,” Dillard said. “While the position is just a ranking, for me it won’t change who I am and how hard I work to develop and craft my game.”
Last season, the Florida A&M golf program had a phenomenal year winning four consecutive tournaments and solidifying itself as the premiere HBCU golf team in the nation.
FAMU will look to get off to a great start in 2021 Feb. 20-21 with the Invitational at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga.