SC State Men Climb Two Places to 6th, Women Remain 3rd at PGA Minority Golf Championship

Saturday, May 12, 2007

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The South Carolina State men’s golf team carded a second-round team total of 294 to go with an opening round of 298 for a 36-hole total of 592 and a sixth-place tie among twelve Division I schools after two rounds of the 21st PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club.

Coach Richard Arrington’s team climbed two places from Friday’s eighth-place showing.

The SC State women, participating in the event for the first time, shaved nine strokes off their opening round score of 354 with a 345 Saturday, but remained in third place in the Division I women’s competition.

The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Sunday, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Jackson State’s Raul Cortes, with back-to-back 70s over the par-72 course and first-round leader James Petty of Florida A&M (68-72) share the second-round lead at 140, four-under par.

The SC State men got one-under par 71s from both Hector Arroyave (75-71), who was tied for 12th at 146, and Cory Jozefiak (77-71) who had a 36-hole total of 148 in moving into sixth place.

The Bulldogs’ Aaron Robinson was at (72-78) 150, followed by Matthew Gilliard at (78-74) at 152 and Robert Biggers at (74-79) 153.

Florida A&M, which carded a one-under 287 Saturday after an even-par 288 on Friday, leads the team competition with a 36-hole total of 575. Texas-Pan American, the first-round leader on Friday with a two-under 286, had a 295 Saturday for a 36-hole total of 581 for second place.

Jackson State was third with a (295-289) at 584 after two rounds, followed by Bethune-Cookman at (292-293) 585, Southern at (293-294) 587 and the Bulldogs and Savannah State (290-302), both at 592.

Then came Texas Southern at (296-305) at 601, Alabama State at (304-306) 610, Alabama A&M at (318-326) 644, Hampton at (321-324) 645 and Winston-Salem State at (360-351) 711.

Bethune-Cookman, with a 36-hole total of (312-299) 611 continued to lead the women’s division, followed by Texas-Pan-American at ((324-314) 638, SC State (354-345) at 699 and Hampton at (386-374) 760.

Freshman Geneva Mackey leads the SC State women with a 36-hole total of (84-81) 165, followed by Addi McLaren, who was at (80-88) 168, Danielle Williams at (96-85) 181 and Jennie McCollum at (94-91) at 185. Also competing for Coach Herman Belton’s team is Alexis Abrams who was at (118-110) 228 after 36 holes.