DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2016) – North Carolina A&T men’s golf coach Richard Watkins reflected on the three-round, two-day Bethune-Cookman University Gary Freeman Spring Invitational completed on Friday and had this thought.
“Anybody who finished in the top-10 of this event this weekend played pretty darn well,” Watkins said.
Well, he had one of those golfers. Junior Luis Acevedo shot an 8-over par, 223 on the par-72, 6,984-yard LPGA International Golf Course Thursday and Friday to finish tied for fifth for the tournament. In their first tournament since the fall semester, the Aggies finished sixth as a team.
“It is chillier in Daytona Beach than you would think,” said Watkins. “There are a lot of people down here wearing long pants, long-sleeve shirts. The weather conditions caused the greens to be dry and very difficult to play. There were a lot of mistakes waiting for you on that course. It is an LPGA course, so it is already a hard course to play even in the best of conditions. Considering all that, Luis played well all the way around.”
Acevedo opened the tournament on a tear, birding three of his first five holes to go into the par-4, six at 1-under. He bogeyed three of his next four holes but finished strong starting with a birdie on the par-4, 393-yard No. 13 to get plus-2 as he parred his final five holes of the round.
After four-birdie first round, Acevedo had two birdies in the second round but again closed well on holes 13-18. He parred holes 13-17 before birding the par-4, 414-yard 18th to finish the second at plus-3. Acevedo was plus-3 again on the final day of the tournament.
Freshman Casey Lindo had the second-highest finish for N.C. A&T as he finished tied for 29th at 27-over. Lindo a great start to the tournament. He recovered from bogeying two par 5’s by birding the par-4, 406-yard 10th hole. He also recorded birdies at the par-4 13th and the par-5, 567-yard 16th.
“As a team we didn’t play our best. I think that is the best way to put it,” said Watkins. “But the guys are down here working hard and putting in the time to get better, and that is what you want to see out of her team.”
N.C. A&T’s men’s and women’s golf teams will remain in Daytona Beach to compete in the Lonnie Barton Invitational hosted by Long Island University, March 4-5.