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UHV Golf Heads To PGA Minority Championship Tourney

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UHV golf is off to Florida.

The University of Houston-Victoria men's golf team will begin defense of their PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship title on Friday when the 32nd annual event tees off at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The Jaguars, making their fifth straight appearance at the tournament, have won three of the four events they have participated in and were the runner-up in the other event.

The title will be up for grabs between the Governors State University and Warner Pacific University, the only schools entered in the men's NAIA Division to be played on the par-72, 6,845 yard Wanamaker Course.

The tournament will be contested over three days with the opening round scheduled for Friday and the final round for Sunday.

The same five players that claimed the title for UHV last year – Cristian Esparza, Terry Strickland, James Rollins, Adrian Saenz and Juan David Coy – are back to defend their title for the Jaguars.

Last year, the Jaguars claimed the NAIA division with a 926 team score, which would have also won the men’s Division II title and had them finish third in the men’s Division I bracket.

Coy claimed individual honors with a 229 score and was followed by Strickland and Esparza at 231. James Rollins and Saenz each closed out with a 237 score.

Teams will tee off on holes No. 1 and No. 10 each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. The 54-hole event runs through Sunday.

The University of Houston-Victoria women's golf team will close out the 2018 season at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships when the 32nd annual tournament tees off on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The Jaguars will be one of two NAIA teams in the field of 10 competing in the women's division of the tournament. Governors State University is the other NAIA team in the field.

Leading the field will be six-time defending champion Bethune-Cookman University. The rest of the field will include Chicago State University, Delaware State University, Lincoln University, North Carolina State A&T University, Savannah State University, Texas A&M-Kingsville and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The Jaguars finished eighth in the nine team field last year posting a 54-hole total of 1084. Bethune-Cookman claimed its 14th title at the event with an 889, well ahead of runner-up Incarnate Word (919).

Two of the four players that compete for the Jaguars last year return to the tournament in Reid Whaley and Jo Ellen Canales. They will be joined by Leah Lerma and Jocelyn Villafranca.

The women’s division of the tournament will begin play at 9:30 a.m. on the Ryder Course at the PGA Club. The second round of the 54-hole tournament is set for a 7:30 a.m. start on Saturday, with the final round to tee off on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. as well.

The Jaguars are coming off a fifth-place finish at the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships after posting a 36-hole score of 721.

The Jaguars have played in one other 54-hole event this year and finished third at the Texas A&M-International Jack Brown Memorial posting a 1074 team score.

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