2014 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

By john.holmes

Bethune-Cookman men's and women's teams

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

The Bethune-Cookman men’s and women’s teams both triumphed in 2013.

THE 28TH PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT FACTS AND FIGURES:

Dates: May 9-11, 2013

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PREVIEW COVERAGE:

Bethune-Cookman University hopes to repeat its men’s and women’s team championships from a year ago, while Alabama State’s Robert Grant is looking to script an encore to his exciting men’s individual championship finish as five of the six teams and individual champions from 2013 will return this year to provide another dramatic chapter in this unique competition.
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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 28th year, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship 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.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2014-pga-minority-collegiate-golf-championship

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