Jackson State’s Women’s Team Makes NCAA Golf History
Jackson State University’s women’s golf team has become the first squad from a historically Black college to advance to the NCAA regional championships.
It’s a feat that Jackson State’s men’s golfers accomplished in 1996, and one that coach Eddie Payton says is no less historic for the Southwestern Athletic Conference champions.
“I have the same feeling of accomplishment,” says Payton, who coaches both teams. “A year ago, all of our ladies were freshmen, and they came in with a dream of playing for a national championship,” he says. “The improvement they’ve shown in one year has people taking notice.”
The Lady Tigers captured their sixth SWAC title this year by some 50 shots and earlier this month in Atlanta won the Women’s National Minority Invitational. In 12 events this year, the team had seven top five finishes.
Payton is in his 15th year as golf coach at Jackson State.
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