May 12, 2008
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Sara Young, a junior member of the Florida State University Women's Golf team, won the independent women's division title at the 22nd Annual PGA Minority Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club on May 11. Young, who lost the championship in a playoff in 2007, earned the 2008 title with a nine stroke victory over Alexis Garduno of Old Dominion University.
Young won the event with her play in the final two rounds of the three-round event. She took the lead after shooting a 76 in the second round and carded a 77 in the third round for a 235 total. Young was in third place after the first 18 holes as she carded an 82. She was three strokes behind Garduno after one round but seized the lead during the second round and never looked back.
"I worked really hard this year on all aspects of my game and I am really happy with the direction my game is going in right now," said Young. "It feels really great to win the tournament this year after coming so close year. Winning is a great thing and it just makes me want to work harder when our season begins in the fall. I want be in Florida State's starting line-up and that's what I am working for."
For the second consecutive year, Young was presented with a $1,000 academic scholarship as awarded by State Farm and the PGA Minority Golf Championship. She was one of ten student-athletes who participated in the event to receive the scholarship which will be donated in her named to Florida State University. Young is majoring in communications and psychology and is a student-intern in the Sports Information Office at Florida State. She just completed her third season as a member of the Florida State women's golf team.
A year ago, Young finished tied for first in the individual standings with Georgette Rollo of Texas Southern but lost on the first playoff hole as Rollo birdied and Young pared the only hole the pair needed to play in the extra session of golf to determine the winner.
"I feel very privileged to play in this event," said Young. "It is great to be able to showcase my talents in an event like this and on such a great course. The PGA takes great care of everybody who plays in the event and really makes all of the players feel very special."
A total of 235 contestants from 38 colleges and university comprised the championship field. The 54-hole stroke-play Championship consisted of four divisions: NCAA Men's Division I and II, and NAIA Men's and Women's. In addition there were individual competitions for minority men and women.
Young has prepared herself to become one of the members of the Seminoles' starting five in her senior season. She spent the 2007-08 working on every aspect of her game in order to put herself in position to become one of the Seminoles' regular golfers. Young carded her career-best single-round score of 75 in the third round of the fall 2005 Chrysler Challenge and has played as one of the top members of the Seminoles' B team during her first three collegiate seasons. She averages 82.89 strokes in nine rounds during four tournaments during the first three seasons of her career.