Updated: 5/19 10:49 pm
University of Houston-Victoria freshman Heather Shake
will be continuing her dream season this week when she becomes the first UHV
women’s golf to compete in the NAIA Women’s Golf National championships.
Shake, a freshman from Pearland, will tee off Tuesday at
9:30 a.m. in the first round of the national tournament to be played at
Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. Shake earned her bid to the
national tournament after winning individual honors at the Association of
Independent Institutions Conference Championships.
Shake, who did not begin her season until the spring, has
been a model of consistency all season for the Jaguars. She has turned in five
top-5 finishes in all five events she has played in and has won three of the
last four events.
After a fourth-place finish in her very first collegiate
event, the UHV Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate, Shake took her game on the road
and has won in three different states and hopes to add a fourth to her resume
Shake captured her first title at the Loyola-New Orleans
Invitational in Slidell, La., with a 3-over 147, won the A.I.I. Championships
in Bremerton, Wash., with a 5-over 149 and just recently won the women’s
division of the PGA Minority Collegiate Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla.,
with a 6-over 224. Her only bump during that time came at the Northwood
Bluebonnet classic where she tied for second at 13-over 229.
She will enter the NAIA Women’s Golf Championships with a
74.42 scoring average and is ranked No. 7 in the Golfstat Head-to-Head NAIA
rankings. Eleven of her 12 rounds this spring have been in the 70s, with her
lowest round coming in the first round of the Claud Jacobs Intercollegiate
where she posted a 1-under 71.
Her 71 in the best opening-round individual score for the
Jaguars and she also supports the best third-round score with a 73 at the
Bluebonnet Classic. She coming off three consecutive rounds of 74 at the PGA
Minority Collegiate Golf Championships held on the Ryder Course at the PGA Golf
Live results can be found at Golfstat.com.