By MYLO ERICKSON
After closing out the final regular season tournament, one of the three women who play golf for Pima Community College will head to nationals.
Freshman Abriana Romero was one of 20 individual players selected to compete in Daytona Beach, Fla., on May 14-17.
“Obviously it’s an honor to go and I’m both excited and nervous,” Romero said. “I’m excited about the experience, but I’m nervous about the level of difficulty.”
Romero was also named to the All-ACCAC second team.
At nationals, Romero will play on the LPGA International Legends Golf Course.
“The only thing new for her may be an alligator or two,” head coach Bill Nicol said.
The LPGA course is a bit longer than some courses that PCC played on during the season, Nicol said. About 160 women of varying skill levels from across the country will compete.
Nicol and Romero’s mother will be in Daytona to support Romero during the four-day tournament.
She will also receive support from her teammates, sophomore Alondra Olivas and freshman Shelby Empens. They asked her to text her results after each day so they can talk to her about it.
Romero had the best finish for the Aztecs in the final season tournament played at Hillcrest Golf Course in Phoenix. The tournament was hosted by Scottsdale Community College.
The eight-team women’s golf conference doesn’t hold regional playoffs.
Both Romero and Empens will return to the team next season, Nicol said. Olivas has used her two-year eligibility.
Nicol hopes more women will join the team, but said he’ll have to wait and see.
He was upset to lose players at the beginning of the current season, but said the remaining players dealt with it and moved on.
“The ones that stayed learned some things and had a good time,” he said.