GULF SHORES, Ala. (March 18, 2018) – North Carolina A&T women’s golf remained consistent throughout the weekend at the Bama Beach Bash hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The Aggies never had a significant fall off throughout the tournament as they shot 316, 312 and 316 over three rounds to finish seventh with a score of 944 on the par-72, 6,002-yard Golf Shores Golf Course.
While N.C. A&T head coach Richard Watkins was pleased with his team's consistency, what he noticed was the stroke improvements that team such as Alabama State and Southern Illinois made during the course of the event. Alabama State shaved 20 strokes off their second round score to finish 8-over on Sunday. South Alabama won the event with a collegiate-course record 8-under over the three-round event. Georgia State (891), Southern Illinois (915), West Florida (930) and Alabama State (932). Host UAB finished ahead of the Aggies in sixth place with a 935.
Alabama State's Chanelle Avaricio carded a 3-under in the final round to finish tied for second while Nia Station shot plus-3 after coming into the final day 22-over. ASU is expected to be one the Aggies top competitors in May at the PGA Minority Golf Championships. Watkins knows if his team is to reach their goal of winning the minority championship, they must yes be consistently good, but he also knows at some point they must make a move toward lower numbers.
"I can't complain," said Watkins. "We shot a 316 on the first day and a 316 on the second day. Right now the people we expect to get the job done are getting the job done. We need to get more out of others on the team. At some point in a tournament, you're going to have to catch people by lowering your strokes. We have people who can do that, but they need more support. We need to shoot 310 or less every time we play."
N.C. A&T's top finisher was once again senior Sofia Alvarez. She placed 17th at 15-over. She had a terrific round 2. She birdied the par-4, 325-yard No. 1 before parring holes 2-6. She double bogeyed the par-5, 499-yard seventh before parring her next eight holes. She finished Day 2 with a 2-over 74. Alvarez's final round started out well.
She birdied a par-5 and a par-4 to start out even par over her first four holes. Two bogeys on the front nine had her at plus-2. She bogeyed holes 10, 12 and 13 to go to 5-over before birdieing par-3, 112-yard 15th to finish the day at 4-over.
Freshman Madison Harriman had a top-20 finish by finishing tied as she moved up two spots after finishing the second round in 22nd place. Harriman shot a 17-over, 233 including a final day 4-over as she shaved two strokes off her second-round 6-over on Saturday. She only had two bogeys on the front nine. She made a double bogey on the par-4 11th but recovered by birdieing the 15th. She was at 4-over on Saturday before a triple bogey on the 18th par-5 derailed her round a bit.
Junior Bo Young Park had an interesting final round. She had a routine par on the first and then proceeded to card a double bogey, a birdie, a double bogey, a birdie and a bogey over the next five holes. She parred the next three holes before shooting an uncharacteristic nine on the par-4, 381-yard 10th. Park saved her round by birdieing the par-4 16th and the 18th.
"She hit a bad shot and then got a bad break," said Watkins. "Her round was in jeopardy, but Bo is a really good golfer and she found a way to shoot an 82. That's not easy after you post a nine."
Senior Jill Harvison finished tied for 39th while sophomore Jocelyn Andrews finished 47th. The Aggies will play in the Women's Collegiate Golf Championships, April 9-11.