Having to play against most NCAA competition didn't phase
the University of Houston-Victoria women's golf team Friday.
Playing in their very first PGA Minority Collegiate Golf
Championship, the Jaguars made an early statement and were in second place
after the opening round at the par-72 PGA Golf Club Ryder Course.
Heather Shake and Rebecca Benchot led the pace for the
Jaguars who posted a 318 and were nine shots back of Chicago State University
(309) in the 54-hole event which ends Sunday. Bethune-Cookman University, the
defending champion, was in third at 321.
Shake, who posted a two-over 74, held the early lead with
South Carolina State's Kalea Heu, before Utah Valley's Cheryl Chua posted an
even-par 72 to lead the individual race. Three players – Cassandra Lesa of Utah
Valley, Brooke Melvin of Chicago State and Kassandra Rivera of Texas Southern
were two shots further back at 76.
Benchot was in ninth place with a 78 and was followed by
Haley Harris (80), Brooke Brasseaux (86) and Caitlin Swisher (87) for the
The second round gets under way Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
UHV men in
Vance Edwards shot a 1-over 73 and the UHV men’s golf
team was in first place of the NAIA Division of the PGA Minority Collegiate
Golf Championships after the opening round.
UHV posted a 309 opening score, while Edwards Waters
College came in at 368.
Behind Edwards for the Jaguars, Steven Jones added a 75,
William Dawson-Hicks an 80, Jake Truss an 81 and Nick Ver Elst an 81.
The UHV men will tee of Saturday at 7:30 a.m. for the
second round of the 54-hole event.
The Championship highlight show will air on The Golf
Channel on Wednesday, July 9 and 8 a.m. and will re-air on July 22 and Aug. 11
at 1 p.m.