25th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

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Kimberly Wong was swarmed by her Bethune-Cookman teammates after she won women's medalist honors on Sunday.
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Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | 7:16 p.m.

The 25th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management was played 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.

Bethune-Cookman's men's team and Texas-Pan American's women's team captured Division I titles Sunday at PGA Golf Club, while in Division II, Virginia State brought home its first-ever title. Amit Odaiyar of Central Florida became the first back-to-back winner in the men's Independent Division, and Towson junior Airielle Dawson easily won the women's Independent Division title.
--Read the final-round story 
--See the final-round photo gallery

As the winds diminished Saturday, Texas-Pan American took advantage of premium scoring conditions and holds a one-shot lead in the women's division while Bethune-Cookman grabbed the top spot in men's Division I. In Division II, Lincoln jumped ahead of first-round leader Virginia State.
--Read the second-round story 
--See the second-round photo gallery

Low scores were at a premium on Friday, as strong winds played a huge role in the opening round. With winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour, only three players broke par at PGA Golf Club -- Texas Southern's Dominique Worthern, Alabama State's Scott Benson and North Carolina Central's Braden Cox.
--Read the first-round story
--See the first-round photo gallery

The Welcome Dinner, held Thursday night, was highlighted by the announcements of the winners of academic scholarships from State Farm Insurance and The PGA of America.
--Read the story 
--See the photo gallery

Check out our photo gallery from the Thursday's Business of Golf Career Expo, in which the tournament participants met with representatives from several of the golf industry's top companies and associations.
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Dates: May 6-8, 2011
Site: PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

PGA Professional Scooter Clark, the head men's and women's golf coach at Bethune-Cookman University, reflects back on the late PGA Professional Dr. Gary Freeman, former head coach at Bethune-Cookman, the Wildcats' past success in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, and his thoughts on this year's tournament. Click here to listen

Championship preview
Championship field (.pdf)
Diversity fact sheet (.pdf)
Business of Golf Career Expo (.pdf)

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

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.

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.



I applaud the PGA for supporting the inclusions of Asians, Chinese, Whites, Africans, Mexicans, etc in the sport of golf. Its a shame that some will attempt to erase the past and the impact that race has played in hindering the progress of all cultures. Someone has raised the issue of discrimination and the following threads have been consumed by attempts to address whether discrimination exist. The answer is: really!?. Historically black college golf programs have opened their doors to all nationalities including whites and realized that many of the miniorities, defined as those few in number, have been locked out of the college experience of participating in a college level championship. Golf is a unique sport. The size of Augusta state has nothing to do with the competitive level of the golfer they attract. Last, I looked there were few minorities on the Augusta state team and rightly so, there are few miniorities that can compete at that level. There may never be a day when minorities can compete at golf programs at Okl State, Duke, Wake Forest, Texas, Alabama, etc. I'm sure from a miniority prespective, many have have long been viewed this a as discrimintory. Of course, these are are are not. Its merely that the sport itself, is still young, still welcoming many who have been shut out in the past. The PGA is making a difference. We need the Mike Mannard's of the world to exercise their voice to advocate for the 80 percent of the good that the PGA achieves, thru its sponsorship of the PGA miniority Championship to bring access to college level championship golf to the lives of many who otherwise would still be locked out. To focus on the 20 percent that appears negative using buzz words like discriminatory as lightening rods is an action of fraud. We cannot be afraid to recognize that race is a component of the majority and the minority. Its just not the only factor that has led to the establishiment of a phenomenal opportunity for the growth of golf in America. Its now a cultural matters that is impacting junior golf and college golf worldwide. Hope this helps you understand that we have many issues yet to be addressed before discrimination is defined. Just spend some time following the many junior circuits at the national, state and local level.


The fact is that it is only for minorities. That's discriminatory.


Mike, it appears obvious that you created this thread with one thing in mind, that this championship is race oriented. I was just watching the special on Golf Channel about this tournament and I beg to differ your point of view. There were plenty of golfers other than black participating, in fact as Mark mentioned, look at the picture at the top of the page, not one specific race is highlighted there.

There are plenty of white golfers attending these so called minority schools, for many reasons of course and none specifically that concern either you or I, just their choice, which then of course offers them the chance to participate in these NCAA championships, just like everyone should have the chance too do...... at least that's what I gather from your post.

There certainly are many other things in this world today that could be considered far worse than to worry about the cosmetics of this tournament.


I'm glad that you liked Mark's comments, Jay. One more comment. You don't exclude a group or groups in order to include others. People should have the opportunity. That doesn't mean that it's handed to them through preferential treatment.


Mark, Now that is how you have an intelligent discussion that people can take info from and move forward. Thanks for the good points as some of them I had not considered. I agree that there are young players from all races that could use more opportunities but this is just one program that exist. As long as there are haves and have not's , majority and minority , it will be impossible to make every opportunity offered fair and balanced. That is no excuse for not implementing programs at all though. I just believe that the fastest way to reach the groups seen as minorities in golf ,however it is defined, is to target places that have that minority. If your A/C on your vehicle is not running right , you don't take it to a tire shop. I am sure the tire shop could use the opportunity for the business but it is not best solution for the exact problem at hand. I know we have a great First Tee program, but do we need to have a Last Hole Program for the elderly , maybe an At the Turn for middle aged ? On a side note, I just paid attention to the picture of the winning women’s team and thought to myself , it’s not a Black , White , nor Hispanic thing. It is people who love the game (Great Job PGA) trying to enhance its product so as many people as possible can share in its joys and rewards.

Mark if we ever meet the round of golf is on me !!


I observe that many times solutions to a problem are race-based when the problem itself is not.

For example, Mr. Spenser states, [m]ost small schools have no chance at ever playing in [an NCAA championship].” From Mr. Spenser’s own observation, it would appear that the problem is big vs. small schools, not race, and logically the solution would seem to be to have a “small” school championship. By the way, the 2010 NCAA men’s golf team title was won by little Augusta State University. With about 6900 students, Augusta State is much smaller than PGA Minority tournament participants Texas Pan American (17000, whose womens’ team won), Tennessee State (10000), Florida A&M (13000), Texas Southern (10000), North Carolina Central (8600), and Prairie View A&M (8600). Speaking of big/small schools, as poetic justice, tiny Bethune-Cookman University with about 4000 students win the PGA Minority Championship.

As another example, Mr. Spenser says, “[d]id you ever think that these minority players are probably paying their own way through college since those schools typically have no budget.” Rules governing NCAA golf provide that men’s programs are only allowed 4.5 full scholarships, and women’s programs are only allowed 6 scholarships. As there are usually 5-9 golfers on a team, this means that a number of golfers will have a partial or no scholarship. So, undoubtedly, there are minority and white golfers who to some/all extent are, as Mr. Spenser would say, “paying their own way through college.” This clearly is not a white/minority issue.

Mr. Spenser comments, “minority is a classification the goes beyond just race by the way.” It is puzzling how that relates to the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, because race is the only criteria for entry into the championship. Repeat, race is the only criteria. There is no entry based on being a “small” school, or for golfers “paying their own way through college”. Nor is there a prohibition of “big” schools or prohibition of golfers who are not “paying their own way through college”. For teams, the racial requirement is that they must be from a Historically Black Universitiy or that have predominant minority enrollment (such as Texas Pan American with an 86% Hispanic enrollment). For individuals not at such schools they must be “collegiate golfers who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American” (source PGA website).

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Spenser, “[t]here is nothing wrong with opening up chances and opportunity to kids and young adults who might not have them normally.” My position is that there are kids and young adults of all races who need help, not just minorities.

Finally, Mr. Spenser’s parents raised him well (“I was raised that if someone helps you up it is your job to reach back down and help someone else so we all can become better”). Unless I am missing something, the statement appears to be color blind. Surely his parents did not teach him to exclude help to someone because of race. Help should be based on financial need/social status, not race.


And to you Mike... How Narrow Visioned and Ignorant was your comment. First look at the normal NCAA championship layout. Most small schools have no chance at ever playing in one. This places many minority players (minority is a classification the goes beyond just race by the way) and professional golf at a level where growth only comes from the major powerhouse schools. Have you ever seen the racial make up of an NCAA golf tournament. Not very diverse at this time. So like any good CEO would do , you have to look as to how to improve the reach and scope of your product so the groups that are not getting chances to participate can. Not because they are not good enough but lack of open opportunity in the current system. As far as the colleges not paying anything... Most collegaite budgets can barely pay for the teams or players to travel. I embrace making our sport open to not just the elite. Did you ever think that these minority players are probably paying their own way through college since those schools typically have no budget. There is nothing wrong with opening up chances and opportunity to kids and young adults who might not have them normally. They are our future and I would hate for them to grow up with the selfish mindset that you have. I was raised that if someone helps you up it is your job to reach back down and help someone else so we all can become better. I want the Future of America to be even greater than its past.


How discriminatory and hypocritical. You wouldn't sponsor an event for "Whites only", but you will do it for blacks and browns. The colleges probably don't have to pay anything either. Other than your initiatives for women, which don't use race as a factor as far as I know, your other diversity programs are a slap in the face to those of us who have to pay for ourselves and our children.