Women's Golf Finishes Second At MEAC Event
SAVANNAH, Ga. (April 25, 2017) – There are not enough women’s golf teams to constitute a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women’s golf championship because the NCAA requires varsity sports to have six teams to be recognized as a conference sport. Therefore, the five schools (Savannah State, Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, Delaware State and North Carolina A&T) who traditionally play varsity sports in the MEAC did the next best thing, they held the MEAC Golf Championships at the par-72 Crosswinds Golf Club Championship Course.
In only their first season of existence, the North Carolina A&T women’s golf team finished second amongst those schools by shooting a plus-67. Bethune-Cookman won the event by shooting 1-over par led by Yudika Rodriguez who shot 6-under over two rounds to win the tournament individually. The Aggies were followed by Hampton (+84), SSU (+112) and Delaware State (+141).
“This is a nice accomplishment for our program and these five young ladies,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “We understand we have a lot of work and growing to do after this season, but for these young ladies to finish second against MEAC competition in year one shows we’re going in the right direction in building this women’s program.”
Juniors Sofia Alvarez and J.C. Harvison both shot 10-over to lead the Aggies. Harvison had the lowest round on the team on Monday as she shot 4-over. Alvarez went lower than that on Tuesday by shooting 3-over. Both ladies finished tied for sixth. Freshman Erica Jackson stepped up and had her score counted on Day 1 as she shot 15-over. The Aggies entered Day 2 in second place, only 10 strokes ahead of SSU. But the Aggies not only got big contributions from Alvarez and Harvison, but freshmen Jocelyn Andrews and Deja Smith had nice outings as well.
Smith shot a season-low 8-over 72, while Andrews finished 10-over to help the Aggies take 13 strokes off their previous day score. Andrews finished tied for 13th, while Smith also had a top-20 finish in 17th place.
Harvison led the Aggies with five birdies over the two-day event. Alvarez had four, Andrews had two and Jackson and Smith had one apiece. Harvison was outstanding on par 4’s and par 5’s, shooting 2-over and 1-over respectively, but struggled a bit on par 3’s, shooting 7-over. Alvarez gathered more strength on the par 3’s, shooting 3-over. She was 2-over on par 5’s.
Alvarez led the Aggies by making 21 par putts. The Aggies return to action May 12-13 at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Tournament.