The University of Houston-Victoria women's golf team will be out to improve on their 2016 finish at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships when the 31st annual tournament tees off on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 

The Jaguars will be the lone NAIA team in the field of nine competing in the women's division of the tournament.

 

After finishing third and second in its previous two events, UHV finished sixth last year after posting a 54-hole score of 1,059.

 

Three of the four players from last year's team returns and include Shelbi Vincent (SR/Nederland, TX), Reid Whaley (SO/Nederland, TX) and Jo Ellen Canales (SO/Corpus Christi, TX). They will be joined this year by Viviana Yzquierdo (FR/Barbers Hills, TX). Last year Vincent finished tied for eighth in the individual race posting rounds of 75-79-78-232.

 

Along with UHV, teams entered in this year's tournament include defending champion Bethune Cookman University along with Chicago State University, Hampton University, Lincoln University, North Carolina A&T University, Delaware State University, Savannah State University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

 

The Jaguars will be paired with Lincoln and Savannah State for Friday's opening round. Vincent leads the way with a 9:15 tee time, followed by Yzquierdo at 9:24, Whaley at 9:33 and Canales at 9:42.

 

Play resumes Saturday and concludes with the final round on Sunday.