PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 11, 2018) – The score that did not count for the North Carolina A&T women’s golf team on Friday during the first round of the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship was an 82. The omitted score has significance for the Aggies because it shows the enormous improvement the program has made from September through today.
N.C. A&T women’s golf is in second place after the opening round of golf at the par-72, 5,801-yard Ryder Golf Course at the PGA Village. The Aggies shot a 22-over 310 to finish 13 strokes behind leader Bethune-Cookman (297).
The score that did not count for the Aggies came from one of their top golfers in junior Bo Young Park.
Improving sophomore Jocelyn Andrews stepped in and parred her first seven holes and birdied two other holes to finish with a first-round, 5-over 77. Senior Sofia Alvarez led the Aggies with a great back nine.
Alvarez was even on the back to finish with a 3-over 75. She shot 3-over on the front nine after recording three birdies on the back nine. Senior Jill Harvison was also in the 70’s on Friday with a first-round 78. The other score that posted for N.C. A&T was from freshman Madison Harriman. She holed two birdies on her way to an 8-over 80.
Park, who has finished in the top-10 of numerous tournaments this season, shot an uncharacteristic 12 on her first hole of the day, a 301-yard par-4. She recovered with a round that included 12 pars and two birdies.
“I always hesitate to single out one person because I have two teams of hard working golfers,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “But on a day when Bo had to deal with some adverse circumstances, Jocelyn did a great job today. She has been getting better and better every day for the past six weeks and it really showed up in the last round of the MEAC showcase and the first round here.
She has really closed the gap between her and the other players. She put us in a position where we didn’t have to count the 82 which was huge. I am very pleased with her effort to get prepared to perform.”
Andrews is tied for seventh after Round 1. She birdied the par-4, 300-yard No. 14 and the par-5, 465-yard No. 17 to complete her excellent first day. Alvarez is in sixth place, five strokes off the lead. She trails Bethune-Cookman’s Mackenzie Butzer who is at minus-2 after the opening round. Alvarez birdied two of her first three holes to stay in contention.
Harvison also cracked the top-10 for N.C. A&T. Harvison birdied No. 17, a 465-yard par-5. Harriman is tied for 12th and Park is tied for 14th.
“I’m looking forward to our second round,” said Watkins. “You have to figure that Bo is not going to shoot another 82. And the way she bounced back from that, I feel good about Round 2. I remember saying when we signed Bo Young Park and Madison Harriman, we just got better.
Today was proof of that. We’re in a position where we’ve gotten good enough where an 82 didn’t count today. That’s a good sign of where we are and where we’re headed.”