PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The wind picked up on Saturday at PGA Golf Club, but the University of Texas-Pan American men’s team and Bethune Cookman University women’s team played well enough to lead heading into the final round of the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management.
The 2013 edition of the 54-hole Championship, which will conclude tomorrow, features nearly 200 players representing more than 40 colleges and universities.
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The Texas-Pan American men, who trailed first-round leader Bethune-Cookman by 11 strokes, were catapulted by Kevin Kirokossian’s stellar 5-under-par 67 on the Wanamaker Course and lead the men’s division I competition by four strokes heading into the final round tomorrow.
The defending champion in the division, Texas-Pan American used a second-round 3-over-par 291 for a two-day total of 585.
Bethune-Cookman is now in second place overall at 589. Alabama State University is in third at 594.
“The round was really good today, considering I played the par 5s at one over for the day," said Kirakossian, a senior. “Our team wanted to come out and win the day, shoot the lowest score of any team out there. Then we could see where we stood and try and win it all tomorrow.”
The Bethune-Cookman women's team, which played on the adjacent Ryder Course, extended their lead to 13 strokes over the University of Texas-Pan American.
The Wildcats, the defending champion in the women’s team division, were led by Andrea Orozco, who shot 69.
“We wanted to build on our lead and play well as a team,” said Orozco. “I hit a lot of wedges into greens, hit it close and made some good birdies.”
In Division II, Lincoln University from Jefferson City, Mo.; had its lead cut to 13 strokes over Texas A&M International heading into the final round on Sunday.
Lincoln was led in the second round by Nick Goeke. The junior, who opened with a 76, shot 72 today.
“I was able to hold it together all day and made a few birdies on the back nine to get back to even par,” said Goeke. “The wind was really picking up, especially on the back nine, so it felt good to help the team out with a good score. It was important for us to keep the lead going into tomorrow.”
In the Men's Independent Division, Robert Grant of Alabama State University holds a one-stroke lead over Daniel Inocencio of UNLV heading into the final round. Alden Mark Davis of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., is in third at 151.
Defending champion Justin Watkins from the University of Central Oklahoma shot a second-round 79 and is alone in 5th place overall.
Grant, sophomore from Luton, England, used a second-round 77 for a 148 total.
“I got off to a really rough start today. With the wind picking up it made it hard to judge at first,” said Grant. “Some silly mistakes cost me, but I still have a lead and need to play well again tomorrow. If I play more like I did yesterday, I like my chances.”
In the Women's Independent Division, Alexis Belton of Texas Wesleyan grabbed the 36-hole lead after a solid even-par 72. She leads first-round leader Cheryl Chua of South Carolina State University and Texas-Pan American’s Samantha Garcia by two strokes heading into the final round.
In the NAIA division, Talladega (Ala.) College extended its lead to 30 strokes over Edward Waters College of Jacksonville, Fla.
Second Round Scores
Men's Team Division I
1 Texas Pan American 294-291--585
Kevin Kirakossian 74-67--141
Mathew Charles 72-73--145
Ricky Solis 73-74--147
Johnathan Sloss 75-77--152
Chris Felix 76-78--154