MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (February 26, 2018) – North Carolina A&T women’s golf returned to the course in a big way Monday at the Oyster Shuck Match Play Challenge hosted by The Citadel at the par-72, 6,000-yard Patriots Point Golf Course.
A year after not winning a match at the Oyster Shuck, the Aggies are in the championship round on Tuesday against Wofford after beating Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State. It was a triumphant return for a second-year program already trending up after winning two tournaments during the fall. The Aggies have not played since winning the Savannah State Fall Invitational on Oct. 31.
Match play scoring is not like traditional scoring that counts 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 hole. Golfers do count strokes taken on a given hole to determine the winner of the hole.
In the eight-team, two-day event features host The Citadel, Gardner-Webb, Appalachian State, Dayton, Radford, Youngstown State, Wofford and N.C. A&T. The teams were seeded based on their golfstat.com ranking. The Aggies came in as the sixth seed and defeated No. 3 Gardner-Webb, 3-2 in the first round.
“We’ve been waiting on this,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “Everybody has been working hard, practicing hard and our internal competitions have been outstanding.”
Sophomore Jocelyn Andrews benefited from having to qualify for this week’s competition. Andrews, who was pushed throughout internal qualifying, won the final hole played in her match to come up with a 1-UP victory over Julia Henderson. Senior Sofia Alvarez beat Kristen Wong after being ahead by two holes with only one hole remaining to play (2&1). Junior Bo Young Park was a big winner over Morgan Laird. She was up four holes on Laird with three to play (4&3).
The Aggies also won their second-round competition over second-seeded Mountaineers, 3-2. Senior Jill Harvison 4&3, and Park continued her winning ways by earning a 3&2 victory. Alvarez also went 2-0 on the day with a 2&1 victory.
“They were really ready to play today. More important than that, they were excited to play,” said Watkins. “On top of being excited, they’re confident.”
Wofford is the top-seed at the Oyster Shuck and defeated eighth-seeded The Citadel and No. 4 seed Dayton to get to Tuesday’s final.