DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2018) – North Carolina A&T women’s golf continues to swing the clubs well. The Aggies finished second at the Lonnie Barton Invitational Tuesday, finishing the invitational hosted by Long Island University at the par-72, 6,043-yard LPGA International-Jones Course with a 59-over 635. The Aggies finished 17 strokes behind invitational winner Fairleigh Dickinson. The Aggies beat third-place Sacred Heart by two strokes and fourth-place and fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Bethune-Cookman by three strokes.
N.C. A&T, in only its second year of existence, has two tournament wins and two second-place finishes this season. Individually, junior Bo Young Park finished tied for fourth with Sacred Heart’s Abigail Hood. After shooting a 3-over 75 in the first round on Monday, Park shot 6-over on Tuesday to finish the tournament 9-over. Teammate and senior Sofia Alvarez shot 5-over both days to finish sixth at 10-over.
“I am very pleased. You’re talking about two tournaments this semester and two second-place finishes,” said N.C. A&T coach Richard Watkins. “We have come so far from year one to year two, but we are never satisfied. We want to win these events, not come in second.”
Watkins saw his ladies finish second last week at the Oyster Shuck Match Play in Mount Pleasant, S.C. After the first day of the Lonnie Barton invite, the Aggies were in first place after shooting a 26-over 314, three strokes behind Fairleigh Dickson. The Aggies even had three golfers in the top-10 in Park, Alvarez and freshman Madison Harriman who shot a 6-over on Day 1. N.C. A&T’s Day 1 was also bolstered by the fact Jill Harvison was also in the top-30 with a 12-over day on the course.
But all but one Aggie among the top-four scores counted went higher on Tuesday to give FDU the edge. Harriman still finished 25th after a 13-over day in the second round, while Harvison finished 34th.
The Aggies are scheduled to compete in The Bama Beach Bash in Gulf Shores, Ala., March 16-18.