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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Texas Southern claims Women's Golf Championship

Courtesy: Clay Bailey
Release: 04/18/2017
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ALEXANDRIA, La. –  The Texas Southern women’s golf team claimed their first SWAC Women’s Golf Championship in program history by shooting a 307-329-636 to wrap up play on Tuesday at the Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, La. 

The Lady Tigers broke up a four-year title run by Alabama State, who had also taken the SWAC Women’s Golf Championship in five in the previous six seasons.

Jackson State finished as runners up with a 349-338-687 followed by Prairie View A&M in third place (369-351-720) and Alcorn State in fourth (378-370-748).

Alabama State led the tournament by seven strokes after day one of competition with a 12-over-par 300, but were not eligible for the team championship after a disqualification on a provisional ball strike caused them to drop down to just three eligible players for the round.   Four players are needed to quality for team championships. 

Lady Hornets reigning Most Valuable Player of the Year Chanelle Avaricio followed up her career-best 6-under-par 66 from day one on Monday with another strong performance as she shot a 5-under-par 67 on day two Tuesday to claim low medalist honors.

The junior from Alabama State closed out with an 11-under-par 133 to handily beat the remainder of the field.   

Texas Southern’s Amber Kuykendall was the next closest competitor as the sophomore shot even-under-par 71-73-144 to pace the Lady Tigers. 

TSU teammate Jalyn Joseph was awarded the SWAC Women’s Golf Freshman of the Year award after firing a 75-84-159.

Am. Kuykendall and Joseph were each named to the All-Conference First Team.

Joining them with All-Conference First Team honors with Avaricio, senior Dismary Marquez (75-75-150) from Alabama State and junior Makalia Brown (81-76-157) from Jackson State.

Texas Southern head coach Hank Stewart was named the SWAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Tigers to their championship. 

2017 SWAC Women’s Golf All-Conference Team 

First Team

Chanelle Avaricio, Alabama State

Amber Kuykendall, Texas Southern

Dismary Marquez, Alabama State

Makalia Brown, Jackson State

Jalyn Joseph, Texas Southern

Second Team

Saidah Bodden, Alabama State

Destani Burbank, Texas Southern

Tasita Garcia, Jackson State

Hillary Washington, Texas Southern

Keelin Floyd, Jackson State

Tournament Low Medalist

Chanelle Avaricio, Alabama State

Freshman of the Year

Jalyn Joseph, Texas Southern

Coach of the Year

Hank Stewart, Texas Southern