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Minority Collegiate PGA Championship Begins Friday

PORT ST. LUCIE -  The 25th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management is set for May 6-8 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 54-hole, stroke-play event features competition in NCAA Division I, Division II and women's classifications, as well as for individual men and women.

Championship preview
Championship field 
Diversity fact sheet 
Business of Golf Career Expo 

2010 CHAMPIONS:
Men's Division I: University of Texas-Pan American
Men's Division II:  Morehouse College
Women's Division:  Bethune-Cookman University
Women's Independent: Cicilia Chudivan, Cal State-Monterey Bay
Men's Independent: Amit Odaiyar, University of Central Florida

ELIGIBILITY:
Contestants must be students of a university or college, and who have met all the academic requirements of their respective institution governing participation in intercollegiate athletics.

EDUCATION THROUGH GOLF:
Celebrating its 25th year, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated in November 1986 and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.

The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane, Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders’ goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority schools after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.

The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.

In 1990, a Career Fair was introduced to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.


STORY TAGS: PGA , championship , Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News



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