PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (May 11, 2018) – Despite a first round where mental mistakes became costly over time, the North Carolina A&T men’s golf team could still find themselves somewhere in the middle of the pack by the time the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship is over.
The Aggies are in eighth place after shooting a first-round 325 on Friday at the par-72, 6,854-yard Wanamaker Course at the PGA Village. Senior Luis Acevedo led the Aggies by firing off first-round 4-over, 76 that included two birdies. Acevedo is tied for eighth place individually, 11 strokes off the leader, Bethune-Cookman's Marcus Sundlof who shot a 7-under, 65.
Junior Cody Lissner had the second-lowest score on the day for the Aggies with a 7-over, 79. He had a team-high three birdies on the day. The other two scores that counted toward the
At plus-37, the Aggies are three strokes behind sixth-place N.C. Central and Chicago State. Both teams shot 34’s on Friday. N.C. A&T is eight strokes behind fifth-place Hampton (29) and 11 strokes behind Incarnate Word (26).
“When you’re playing any sport, the physical mistakes are always going to come,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “You’re going to miss a tackle, make an error or miss a free throw. Those things happen throughout sports. What you want to cut down on are the mental errors.
You don’t want to already have made a bad score on a hole before you pull the club out of your bag. You make the mistake in your decision making. You make a bad decision from the bag, you make a bad number. Those are the things we must cut down on.”
Acevedo birdied the par-4, 405-yard No. 4 and the par-4, 396-yard No. 14 in the first round. His score was hurt by bogeying two par-5’s. Lissner also birdied the fourth hole. He followed that with a birdie on the par-3, 179-yard No. 5. He posted four straight bogeys before gathering himself to par the par-3, 11th. Lissner’s final birdie of the day came on the par-4, No. 15 which was 354 yards. His round ended with three straight pars.
“The guys are in the same place as the women were last year. We're building,” said Watkins. “We're off to a very respectful and reputable start. We have enough quality guys who are attracting other quality players. That is kind of where we started with the women. These guys being who they are have really helped our program attract some more quality players. I'm pleased with that.
We need to improve and cut down on the mistakes of which there were a lot of today. We need to make some adjustments going into the second round.”