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UHV Golf At PGA Minority Championship Tourney First Day Results

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The UHV men take the early lead in Florida. The University of Houston-Victoria men’s golf team got off to a strong start in defending its PGA Minority Golf Championship title on Friday, while the UHV women’s team is in seventh place after the opening day of play at the PGA Golf Club.

Juan David Coy posted the top score of the day with a 3-over par 75 and Terry Strickland followed a shot back at 76 to give the Jaguars a nine shot lead going into Saturday’s second round in the NAIA Division. The Jaguars, who have won the tournament three of the last four years, posted a 307 score to lead Governor’s State University who is in at 316.

James Rollins, last year’s individual champion, is tied for third with GSU’s Matt Contey at 66, while Adrian Saenz (79) and Cristian Esparza (80) round out the UHV scoring.

UHV’s opening round score would have the Jaguars in second place in both the Division I and Division II categories of the tournament.

The UHV women carded an opening round 367 to set in seventh place in the eight-team Women’s Division after the opening day. 

Bethune Cookman University posted a 297 and holds a 13-shot lead over North Carolina AT&T who is in at 310. The University of the Incarnate Word is in third at 317.

Leah Lerma paced the Jaguars with an 88, while Jocelyn Villafranca is a shot back at 89. Reid Whaley posted a 92 and Jo Ellen Canales a 98 to round out the UHV scoring.

Bethune Cookman holds down the top three individual spots with Mackenzie Butzer leading the field with a 70.

University of Houston-Victoria’s Chase Almendarez was named to the 2018 Google Chrome Academic All-District® 4 College Division baseball first team on Thursday.

The team is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Almendarez was one of two UHV baseball players nominated for the award. Also nominated was senior pitcher Ross Bludau of Schulenburg.

Alemndarez, a senior catcher/first baseman from Round Rock, was selected at the catcher’s position and will now advance to the Goggle Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.

To be nominated, student athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form, must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and complete one full calendar year at their current school.

Almendarez, in his second season with the Jaguars is a communications major with a 3.87 GPA.

He is a three-time member of the UHV Dean’s List and was named to the UHV President’s List in the Spring of 2017 and is a Red River Athletic Conference scholar athlete. He was recently named a 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award semifinalist and to the RRAC Champions of Character team for baseball.

Five members of the UHV softball team were nominated for the award in softball and included Torey Dumont, Michelle Revels, Madeline Herrera, Alyssa Dial and Jordan Hoefling.

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