Women's Golf Finishes Fourth At PGA Minority
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 15, 2017) – North Carolina A&T women's golf put together its best round of the season on Friday before finishing fourth at tournament's end at the 2017 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The 31st edition of the 54-hole, stroke-play event was contested on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker and Ryder Courses.
The Aggies shot 940 (+35) over three rounds to finish behind Chicago State, Incarnate Word and tournament winner Bethune-Cookman, who won their sixth consecutive Women's Division title, this time by shooting an 889. Junior Sofia Alvarez led the Aggies by having a brilliant first two rounds. She shot a 4-over 76 on Friday and a 1-over 73 on Saturday before shooting 15-over for the tournament. Alavarez birdied three holes on Saturday. She was at minus-1 going to the 11th hole on Saturday but bogeyed the par-5 13 and the par-4 14. Alvarez finished tied for seventh.
Freshman Deja Smith had her best tournament of the season. She shot in the 70's on Friday (77) and Saturday (79) before shooting an 81 on Sunday. Smith birdied three holes on Friday and four for the tournament. Smith finished tied for 13th. Jocelyn Andrews' Friday was also superb by shooting a season-best 1-over 73.
She started the day at minus-2 and stayed there until the ninth when she bogeyed the par-4 hole. She dropped to even by bogeying the par-3 12th, but moved back into red numbers by birding the par-3 16th. She finished tied for 16th with teammate Jill “J.C.” Harvison. The only downer on Friday was that the Aggies top golfer, Harvison, shot an unusual 86 on Friday. Despite that, the Aggies' 308 on Friday left them with their best round of the season as they ended Day 1 in third place.
Harvison recovered on Day 2 to shoot a 75 as the Aggies shot 309 on the day to remain in third. Harvison shot a 77 on Sunday, but Chicago State's 305 on Sunday bumped the Aggies down to fourth. She birdied three holes on Saturday and one on Sunday. Freshman Erica Jackson shot plus-39 over three rounds to finish 28th.
“I'm proud of Deja Smith and Jocelyn Andrews,” said N.C. A&T head coach Richard Watkins. “Smith and Andrews had their best tournament of the year. Sofia and J.C. were dependable as usual. It was a good time to play our best golf of the year. It shows how much improvement our ladies have made throughout the season.”