Erskine junior and Emerald High alum Anna Parramore braved the wind and rain on the last two days in Palm Beach, Florida, to win the National Christian College Athletics Association’s individual women’s golf championship.
Parramore, who won two other tournaments this season, said many of the things she trained to overcome came together in the tournament.
“I didn’t know if I was leading or what the deal was in the last few holes,” Parramore said. “But I had my coach walking with me and made sure that I kept it together mentally. I was super excited when I found out that I had won as an individual.”
Parramore led the field by shooting 74 in the first round. Scores were higher in the final two rounds because of harsh weather, but Parramore shot 78 in the second round and headed into the final day tied for the lead.
A score of 78 in the third round carried Parramore to the title, winning by four strokes. Erskine finished second as a team, two strokes behind Grace College.
Parramore said she heard from many of her past coaches, friends and family back in Greenwood.
“I heard from a lot of old coaches and old teammates and people I went to school with that just saw it on Facebook,” Parramore said. “Greenwood’s always super supportive, which is awesome.”
Joining Erskine’s team as a freshman, Parramore found the adjustment to college golf daunting. She’s won three tournaments this season, and thinks she has found a way to practice more effectively than she did in high school.
“Playing high school golf, the competition isn’t quite as tough obviously, so I think it threw me off my freshman year when I was playing against a lot better girls,” Parramore said. “I figured out that I had to utilize those three-hour practices and make the best of the time that I could at the course. I think I’ve learned how to practice better but also how to play under pressure.”
The Fleet’s men’s golf team won its second consecutive NCCAA title on the same weekend as Parramore won the women’s tournament.
The Fleet came back from three strokes down to win last year. This time around, the team was in the lead at the end of each round and won the tournament by 28 strokes.
“It was a little more anticlimactic this year,” Erskine coach Jason Allen said. “This year we started the final round 15 shots up and just increased our lead from there. But it’s good to win.”
The NCCAA is an organization with member schools from all NCAA divisions. The NCCAA hosts postseason tournaments for colleges with Christian affiliations.