BACK-TO-BACK: B-CU Repeats as PGA Minority National Champs
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Andrea Orozco claimed the individual title and the Bethune-Cookman women’s golf team laid claim to the team title, defeating Texas-Pan American in the first playoff hole, to repeat and win the schools championship-record 10th overall trophy at the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships presented by Brown Capital Management at The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The event took place on the Ryder Course.
Bethune-Cookman, winners of last year’s title as well, held a 13-stroke advantage entering Championship Sunday, but in the end was forced into earning the title in dramatic fashion as UT-Pan American made a charge on the back nine.
B-CU and UTPA each finished with a 909 total before heading back to the first playoff hole – the 18th– on the Ryder Course. In the playoff, each team took the four lowest scores of the five players who played the hole.
In the end, the Wildcats finished with a one-under par score, while the upset-minded Broncs finished the hole at one-over.
Coincidentally, the Bethune-Cookman men won on their side of the tournament in dramatic fashion as well.
“It was a long and a very stressful day out there,” said B-CU head coach Loritz “Scooter” Clark, now in his third year at the helm of the Wildcats men’s and women’s program. “But both teams really grinded and I am just thrilled to take home both titles in this incredible tournament. It is really satisfying.”
Chicago State finished in third place with an overall score of 935.
With the team dramatics taking place for the Maroon and Gold, sophomore Andrea Orozco continued her torrid play on the three-day event as she laid claim to just the second individual title of her career, and the first of the 2012-13 campaign. The Cancun, Mexico native finished her final round with a four-over par 76, concluding the 54-hole event with a four-over par 220.
For Orozco, the win also gave her back-to-back top five finishes, completing a third place score at the MEAC Showcase last month in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Orozco’s last individual trophy came at the 2012 Gary Freeman Invitational hosted by Bethune-Cookman.
The other members of the B-CU team that helped lead the Wildcats to victory included Austria native and sophomore Patrizia Trevisan with a three-round score of 227, ending her final day with a seven-over par 79. Behind her were junior Marie Bergelin and sophomore Estefania Acosta, both carding total scores of 231 through the weekend.
Bergelin, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, finished Sunday with a final score of 80, while Acosta of Ibagué, Colombia fired a final round 82. Vanessa Adarme rounded out the B-CU scoring with an 83, completing the weekend carding a 267.
The weekend event marked the season finale for the B-CU women, as they finish the 2012-13 season sporting three team titles, including back-to-back victories from the MEAC Showcase and Sunday’s national minority championship.
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