SCSU in 8th Place after Opening Round of 21st PGA Minority Championship

Friday, May 11, 2007

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -- The South Carolina State men’s golf team is in eighth place among twelve Division I schools after carding an opening round team total of 298 (+10) at the 21st PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club.

Second-round action of the three-day, 54-hole event will get underway Saturday at 8 a.m., with the final 18 holes to be played Sunday.

The SC State women, participating in the event for the first time, carded a team total of 355 to place third in the four-team women’s field behind defending champion Bethune-Cookman who was at 316 and Texas-Pan American who was at 328.

Texas-Pan American was the first-round leader in the men’s after carding a 2-under par 286. Florida A&M, whose James Petty had the best round of the day with a 4-under 68, was second at 288 even par, followed by Savannah State at 290, Bethune-Cookman at 292, Texas Southern at 293, Jackson State at 295, Texas Southern at 296, and SC State at 298.

Rounding out the men’s field were Alabama State at 304, Alabama A&M at 318, Hampton at 321 and Winston-Salem State at 360.

Armen Kiraskossian of Texas-Pan American was second in the individual competition with a 3-under 69, with five players at 71, one-under par.

The Bulldogs were paced by junior Aaron Robinson, who had an even-par 72 for 18 holes and was in 13th place, followed by sophomore Thomas Biggers, who was at two-over 74, freshman Hector Arroyave with a 75 and junior Corey Jozefiak at 77. Also participating for Coach Richard Arrington’s Bulldogs is junior Matt Gilliard who was at 6-over 78.

The Lady Bulldogs were paced by newcomer Addi McLaren, who had an 8-over 80, followed by freshman Geneva Mackey who had an 84, Jennie McCollum, who was at 94 and Danielle Williams with a 97. Also in the field for Coach Herman Belton’s team is Alexis Abrams who had a 118.