Aggies Lose Exciting Match to Host Bulldogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 4, 2017) – Freshman Jocelyn Andrews showed her courageousness on the golf course Tuesday at the 2017 Oyster Shuck Match Play hosted by The Citadel at the par-72, 5,974-yard, Patriots Point Links. The 54-hole, three-round tournament concluded on Tuesday with the North Carolina A&T women’s golf team going 0-3, but not without a fight from Andrews on the final matchup of day between her and The Citadel’s Andrea Hoos. Hoos held on to win, giving The Citadel a 3-2 win over the Aggies.
“Jocelyn fought hard before she finally succumbed,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “It was a really exciting match for both. The match was tight all the way.”
By the time Andrews and Hoos got on the course all the matches were completed so the two golfers had a lot of attention on them. Match play scoring forsakes the traditional counting of strokes taken over one or more rounds of golf. Instead the scoring consists of individual holes, won, lost or halved. A golfer cannot earn more than one point on any particular hole. Golfers do count strokes taken on a given hole to determine the winner of the hole.
N.C. A&T and the Bulldogs were tied at 2 going into the Andrews and Hoos contest. The pressure was on for the two of them because all the other matches were completed, leaving them with a nice-size gallery of parents, fans golfers and coaches. The two didn’t disappoint. Watkins described the match as nip-and-tuck all the way. No player got more than one hole ahead during the 20-hole battle. Hoos finally parred the final hole to defeat Andrews 1-up.
“We had one of the more exciting matches of the tournament with The Citadel,” said Watkins. “It was intense for both teams. There was a little more pressure on Jocelyn because of all the people watching, but she was ready and played well. She hit a whole lot of good shots.”
The Andrews-Hoos showdown was set up by the matches prior. Aggies junior Jill “J.C.” Harvison defeated Citadel’s Cameron Little with a little flair of her own. Harvison was down three holes with five holes to go and still managed to take Little to all 18 holes, winning the final hole for a 1-up victory. Junior Sofia Alvarez completed her week 3-0 by defeating Renata Sucha. Alvarez had a five-hole lead with only four holes to play thus beating Sucha 5&4. Alvarez’s efforts during the week earned her all-tournament honors. But the Aggies did lose two matches to even things at 2-2 going into Andrew’s match. Marina Grimal defeated freshman Deja Smith by having a three-hole lead with only two to play for 3&2 win. Freshman Erica Jackson fell to Bailey Richardson 3&2 as well.
Two rounds of the Oyster Shuck Match Play were played on Monday. Marshall defeated N.C. A&T 3-2 to open the tournament. Andrews and Alvarez were winners in the match. Andrews beat Pimrawee Haung 3&2, while Alvarez won 2&1 over Leigha Holt. In the consolation bracket, Radford defeated the Aggies 4-1. Alvarez was the only winner with her 4&3 win over Kasidy Beckel.
The next stop for the Aggies is the Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship, April 10-12 in Fayetteville, Ga.