Women's Golf Wins Season-Opening Tournament, Again
WYOMING, Del. (September 25, 2018) –The North Carolina A&T women’s golf team lost a lot of talent from a team that won two tournaments during the 2017-18 season. Somehow, however, they continue to strive despite still being a relatively-young program.
On Tuesday, the Aggies claimed another tournament title by winning the Delaware State Invitational at the par-72, 6,650-yard Wild Quail Golf & Country Club. It is third tournament win for a program that started in 2016. The Aggies shot plus-52 for the tournament to win with ease. Their close competitor, host Delaware State, was 55 strokes behind N.C. A&T.
Junior Erica Jackson put her name in the record books as the second different golfer in school history to win a tournament as an individual joining Sofia Alvarez who won two tournaments last season. Jackson shot 3-over for the tournament (147) to outlast LaSalle’s MaryBelle Declan who shot a 5-over 149 over the two-day event.
The win by Jackson showed off the golfer development the program has been able to employ over a short time. Third-year head coach Richard Watkins turned a lot of the attention for Jackson’s early success this season to assistant coach Saraid Ruiz who was a star golfer at Bethune-Cookman.
“Erica has always been a hard worker,” said Watkins. “But now she is starting to buy into some swing changes that coach Ruiz has made. She is honing something that is making her productive.”
Jackson was 2-over on the day to post the second-lowest score of the day. She was tied with teammate and sophomore Madison Harriman who lowered her score by nine strokes from the first day to the second to shoot a 74 on Tuesday. Harriman finished fourth with a 13-over 157.
Harriman was one of four Aggies to finish in the top-6. Freshman Chrystin Carr finished fifth in her first collegiate event with a 14-over 158 followed by junior Jocelyn Andrews who was 22-over 166.
“Erica and the entire team did what we always try to do, keep the ball in play, hit greens and control distance on the greens,” said Watkins.
Aggie fans will get to see the team play live and up-close next week when the Aggies compete in the Starmount Fall Classic hosted by UNC Greensboro at the 6,475-yard Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, Oct. 1-2.