College Notebook

Carlson paces collegiate golf team

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Rome native and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore student Erik Carlson paced his team to a 19th-place finish after he placed eighth overall during the 10th annual PGA Jones Cup on Wednesday.

Carlson finished tied for eighth place after he finished with a two-day score of 152 for his school, which finished with an overall score of 657. Carlson had rounds of 77 and 75 in the competition.

North Carolina State University won the team event with a 609 total score, while Bryce Aronson from NC State and Jimmy Othus from Florida Gulf Coast University finished tied for first individually with 147 scores.

The 36-hole even, featuring 20 schools in the PGA Golf Management University program, included the top five players from each University. The event also featured teams from 16 states.

All participating universities in the PGA Jones Cup are from schools accredited by The PGA of America to offer the four-and-one half to five-year PGA Golf Management University Program for aspiring PGA Professionals. The college curriculum provides extensive classroom studies, internship experience and player development, and provides students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to succeed in the golf industry as a PGA Professional.

Students in the PGA Golf Management University Program study a combination of golf and business-related subjects, as well as serve a minimum of 16 months in on-course internships within the golf industry.