May 15, 2009
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Sara Young of the Florida State University women's golf team won the independent women's division championship of the 23rd Annual PGA Minority Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club for the second consecutive year on May 10. She defeated Etivise Latu of California State Monterey by four strokes.
Young carded three scores in the 70's and finished with a 13-over par score of 229. She shot a 78 in the first round and moved into first place with a 75 in the second round. She maintained her lead in the third round as she carded a four-over par 76. Young managed to beat her championship winning score from a year ago by six strokes.
"Playing with my closest competition (Latu) worked out perfect," said Young. "I could pay attention to what she was doing but also just play my game and not worry too much."
Playing with Latu in the final pairing of the day allowed her to earn her title. Latu finished with a score of 233. Young earned a nine stroke victory over Alexis Garduno of Old Dominion University in 2008 and finished in second place in 2007.
Young, who graduated from Florida State ion May 2, was a member of the Seminole women's golf team for five seasons and earned her bachelor's degree in advertising with a minor in psychology. She was awarded the Golden Nole for the women's golf team this past season. The award is presented to the person on each athletic team at Florida State who earns both athletic and academic success along with the contribution to community service and to Florida State University.
Young stressed the importance of playing in the PGA Minority Championship.
"I would recommend playing in this championship to anyone who gets involved; it has given me confidence throughout my career," said Young who was competing in the event for the third time. "They treat us like celebrities and it was a really positive experience."
Young played as a member of the Seminoles' NCAA Regional Championship qualifying team this past season. She played in four events as a member of Florida State's staring line-up and averaged 81.67 stokes in 18 rounds during her collegiate career. Young carded her career-low single round score of 75 in the third round of the fall 2005 Chrysler Challenge hosted by Florida State.
With her degree from Florida State in hand and her collegiate career now completed, Young will serve a communications internship with the PGA this summer.