Women's Golf Loses Close One In Oyster Shuck Final
MOUNT PLEASEANT, S.C. (February 27, 2018) – On a windy Tuesday at the par-72, 6,000-yard Patriots Point Golf Course, North Carolina A&T women’s golf sophomore Jocelyn Andrews played clutch golf throughout before losing her match-play contest to Wofford’s Lina Settlemayer on the 19th hole to help the Terriers win the championship round of the 2018 Oyster Shuck Match Play Challenge hosted by The Citadel.
The Aggies, who came into the event as the No. 6 seed out of eight teams seeded, lost to the top-seeded Terriers 3-2 after defeating No. 3 seed Gardner-Webb and No. 2 seed Appalachian State in the first and second rounds on Monday. Settlemayer got up and down on the final hole, a par-3 that she parred, to defeat Andrews, 1-UP.
“I was impressed with the intensity and gut everybody showed while they were competing,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “There was no quit in any of them. All of them were down and fought back and played well. I was pleased with how hard they all worked.”
Even in defeat, Andrews’ performance was an example of how courageous the Aggies played over the two-day event. 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.
Andrews was down one hole going to the 18th hole against Settlemayer. Andrews teed off on the par-4 18 and hit the fairway before her second shot missed the green as she hit into 15-mile per hour wins. She, however, got up and down to set up a par putt that she placed in the hole to set up the sudden-death extra hole.
“Jocelyn got up and down all day,” said Watkins. “But she made some good chip shots and some good putts at exactly the right times. She was behind all match but hit pressure shot after pressure shot when it looked like she was going to be defeated. She showed a lot of character and toughness today.”
On the extra hole, Andrews teed off with a 6-iron and had her shot land on the back of the green. Settlemayer’s teed shot also landed on the back of the green, but unlike Andrews, she got up and down to par the hole and earn Wofford the championship.
The two N.C. A&T winners on Tuesday were senior Sofia Alvarez and freshman Madison Harriman. After going 0-2 on Monday, Harriman defeated Anna Eddy 2&1 (she was up two holes with one hole to play). Alvarez finished 3-0 for the week after beating Abby Bloom with a commanding 5&4 victory. Bo Young Park had her first loss of the week on Tuesday by losing 3&1 to Nicole Chin. Senior Jill Harvison lost to Grace Massengill 4&3 to round out the scoring.
N.C. A&T will return to traditional play on March 3-4 when they participate in the B-CU Lady Wildcat Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla.