BURLINGTON, N.C. – Two newcomers to the North Carolina A&T women’s golf team led the way for the Aggies during the first day of the Elon Invitational at the par-71, 6,031-yard Alamance Country Club golf course. 

Competing in her first collegiate tournament in a year and a half, Isabela Miravite (GR, Markina City, Philippines) finished tied for 10th after a 6-over, par 148 after the second round. Vileska Gelpi (FR, Rockwood, Pa.) finished two strokes behind Miravite. She finished in a tie for 14th with a two-round score of 10-over, par 152. 

“I’m very pleased with our newcomers, Isabela and Vileska,” A&T coach Richard Watkins said. 

“Vileska is a good player, and she’s going to continue to be good. She’s going to get better as the year goes along. First time out, the first tournament, you’ve got those freshman tournament jitters, and she worked through them and played well.”

Miravite recorded a 4-over par 75 in the first round and a 2-over par 73 in the second round. 

Miravite started the first five holes of the first round 1-under par but bogeyed the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to put her at 2-over par. She followed with a birdie on the 16th hole for a 1-over par after the 18th hole.

“It’s been definitely a long time since I played an actual tournament,” Miravite said. “It’s good to be back.” 

In the second round, she birdied the 16th hole for the second time of the day. Then, she birdied the 18th hole and the first hole to put her at 1-under par.

“When Isabela transferred, we knew what we were going to get with her because we’ve seen her compete,” Watkins said. “We’ve competed against her. So we knew what we were getting, and she delivered. She did exactly what we knew she was going to do.  

She’s a very consistent player, and we knew that she was going to bring that to the table, and that’s what she did today.”  

Gelpi struggled in her first round with a 7-over par 78 but bounced back with a 3-over par 74 in the second round. She started her collegiate career with a bogey on No. 6 before bogeying the 10th. Then, she recorded back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12 to even her score in the first round. In the second round, she started with a birdie on the sixth. She then bogeyed the seventh hole to even her score. She followed up by birding the No. 8 eighth hole 10 to go 2-under par.  

“I did all right,” Gelpi said. “I was a little nervous. It was my first collegiate tournament. So, there was going to be nerves. But I was excited. There were a couple of bad holes out there, but I came around in the second round.”

Senior Christyn Carr also finished in a tie for 14th place with a two-round score of 10-over par 152. She scored a 5-over par 76 in the first and second rounds. She recorded one birdie in the first round on No. 13 and two in the second round on holes 7 and 17.        

Maria “Xus” Boira and Jayla Rogers finished in a tie for 31st with a two-round score of 164. Boira scored an 80 in the first round and an 84 in the second round. Rogers shot an 81 in the first round and an 83 in the second round. Boira recorded a birdie on the third hole in the first round. Rogers birdied the third hole in the first round and recorded two birdies in the second round on holes 13 and 4. 

The Aggies finished in a tie for fourth with Appalachian State at 309 in the first round. App State leads A&T by three strokes after shooting a 303 in the second round. N.C. A&T shot a 306.

N.C. A&T finished with a two-round score of 615 for fifth place, 21 strokes ahead of Big South opponent Presbyterian. N.C. A&T trails 26 strokes behind third-place William & Mary.

The final round is Tuesday, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

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