Bethune-Cookman men and women lead after 36 holes at PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

By John Dever
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Bethune-Cookman men and women lead after 36 holes at PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Both the men and women of Bethune-Cookman University hold second-round leads at the 30th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, which is being contested at PGA Golf Club. The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship, which consists of six divisions (four team, two individual), concludes Sunday.
While Bethune-Cookman's women (597) hold a sizable advantage – 22 shots – in the Women’s Division over second-place Chicago State University and seem destined to collect their record fifth consecutive PGA Minority Championship, Loritz “Scooter” Clark’s men are in a tussle with a group of upstarts from Tennessee State University in Men’s Division I.     
Riding the coattails of Drew Owens, who fired a second-round 74 amid windy conditions at PGA Golf Club, Tennessee State (603) is only three strokes behind Bethune-Cookman (600). 
Following a breezy, but comfortable, loop on the Wanamaker Course, Owens said the primary difference maker was “the wind. It’s a lot harder out there today than it was [Friday].” 
After opening with a 71 on Friday, Owens enjoyed Saturday’s showdown with Joel Ramirez of Bethune-Cookman. The two freshmen posted identical two-day totals of 145 (71-74) and are tied for the low score among Men’s Division I.
“Playing with Joel is really cool, although he hits it about 30 yards further than I do” admitted Owens, who hails from Atlanta. “Keeping up with him is an honor. He’s talented, and just a freshman, too.”
Owens is equally as impressed and excited about his team’s ability to keep up with Bethune-Cookman, which sports seven team Minority Collegiate Championships on the men’s side, including three in the previous five years (2011, ’13, ’14). 
“Bethune-Cookman has an amazing history in this Championship, having won it so many times,” said Owens. “So for us to be right up there with them feels great.” 
Nine shots off the pace entering the second round, Fayetteville State University (609) surged into a one-shot lead over California State University Dominguez Hills (610) in the Division II Men’s competition. Opening-round leader Texas A&M International University slid to third at 617. Stellar efforts from senior Christopher Jackson (73) and freshman Isaiah Shaw (72) allowed the Broncos to catapult past three teams into Division II’s top spot.
For Fayetteville State Head Coach Anthony Carstarphen, today’s team effort on the Ryder Course was as pleasing as it was a long time coming. 
“Today was satisfying. I think the kids are happy with themselves because they played good golf and were able to pick up their team captain (Jared Chinn). It was a team effort. It’s lovely, really. I am excited for the school, the program and the kids.”
The University of Houston-Victoria, at 629, leads the NAIA Division, which was played on the Wanamaker Course.
Tiana Jones of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, who is seeking her third consecutive Women’s Individual Invitational at the PGA Minority Championship, sits at 150 after posting a second straight 75. She leads Cathleen Wong (159) of Florida Gulf Coast University by nine shots. Jones is representing UMES’s PGA Golf Management Program this week on the Ryder Course.
The PGA of America and the LPGA will jointly award the woman with the lowest overall score in the 2016 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship an exemption into the upcoming Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship in Harris, Michigan (June 24-26) or the Tullymore Classic in Canadian Lakes, Michigan, Michigan (July 1-3). 
Another UMES golfer, Norman Blanco, leads the Men’s Individual Invitational, which is being contested on the Wanamaker Course. Blanco’s 74-76 (150) two-day total is good for a two-stroke lead over James Lee of Rice University and Benjarong Murray of Palm Beach Atlantic University.  
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities for players to compete in a national championship. In 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund.
30th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities
Saturday, May 7, 2016
PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Second-Round Scores:
Men's Division I
PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker
1. Bethune-Cookman University 296-304--600 
Joel Ramirez 71-74--145 
Connor O'Brien 75-73--148 
Bradley Peil 76-77--153 
Jackson Kneeshaw 74-80--154 
Leon Fricker 76-84--160
2. Tennessee State University 295-308--603 
Drew Owens 71-75--146 
Jermey Fultz 75-77--152 
Todd McGill 74-78--152 
Sam Gatlin 80-78--158 
Rosario Falzone 75-83--158
3. Savannah State University 314-318--632 
Kevin Metzger 77-74--151 
Adam Walden 77-78--155 
Zach Otto 80-79--159 
Riley Keagle 80-87--167
4. University of Maryland Eastern Shore 317-326--643 
Blair Waters 77-77--154 
Demarkis Cooper 78-80--158 
Darius Davis 79-80--159 
Timothy Mitchell 83-89--172 
Christian Owens 95-94--189
5. North Carolina Central University 331-314--645 
Jordan Bohannon80-75--155 
Zane Lewis 76-79--155 
Sumner Tate 83-80--163 
Jerome Bostwick 92-80--172 
Michael Wilson 94-89--183
6. Florida A&M University 322-325--647 
Omari Whitmore 77-77--154 
Kevin Parker 77-78--155 
Dennis Minefee 83-82--165 
Brian Bowman 85-88--173
7. Chicago State University 333-328--661 
Brendan Baldwin 79-75--154 
iles Bailey 84-85--169 
Drew Vanoy 83-87--170 
Austin Egbert 87-83--170 
Brandon Skelding 87-85--172
Women's Team Division
PGA Golf Club - Ryder
1. Bethune-Cookman University 295-302--597 
Saraid Ruiz 75-72--147 
Shamiso Hatchard 73-74--147 
Mackenzie Butzer 73-78--151 
Yudika Ann Rodriguez 74-78--152 
Alejandra Sanchez 75-79--154
2. Chicago State University 303-316--619 
Rachel Johnson 74-78--152 
Felicia Davenport 77-75--152 
Fernanda Valdes Solis 76-78--154 
Talialaina Letoi 76-85--161 
Taneka Sandiford 77-88--165
3. Hampton University 334-331--665 
Britney Smith 79-80--159 
Zora Moore 83-83--166 
Treliah Samuels 83-83--166 
Milan James 93-85--178 
JiHyun Park 89-92--181
4. Tennessee State University 332-335--667 
Natalie Spicer 83-75--158 
Sarah Needleman 78-82--160 
Kelly Merkel 81-81--162 
Paige Harlin 90-97--187
5. Texas A&M International University 335-347--682 
Stephanie Gonzalez 81-81--162 
Bailey McCawley 83-83--166 
Sasha Linauskas 82-89--171 
Hannah Jiao 89-95--184 
Mitzi Cantu 93-94--187
6. University of Houston-Victoria 359-348--707 
Shelbi Vincent 75-79--154 
Brooke Brasseaux 79-80--159 
Reid Whaley 99-93--192 
Jo Ellen Canales 106-96--202
Men's Division II
PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker
1. Fayetteville State University 308-301--609 
Christopher Jackson 76-73--149 
Isaiah Shaw 78-72--150 
Jared Chinn 74-77--151 
Christian Villanueva 80-79--159 
Austen Parlett 93-88--181
2. California State University Dominguez Hills 304-306--610 
Andrew Banuelos 77-74--151 
Bret Gleason 76-76--152 
Drew Dufresne 76-77--153 
Christopher Pham 75-79--154 
William Yang 85-83--168
3. Texas A&M International University 299-318--617 
Steven Martinez 70-75--145 
Zach Jackson 75-78--153 
Benjamin Page 75-79--154 
Sam Goldfarb, III 79-86--165 
Adam Jefferson 96-88--184
4. Livingston College 305-314--619 
Philip Harrison 74-73--147 
Stephen Washington 74-78--152 
Lenorris Williams 74-83--157 
Harry Standberry 83-80--163 
Telvin Walker 86-86--172
5. Miles College 311-326--637 
Vitthal Parker 76-79--155 
Jacob McCurry 77-79--156 
Kyle Kerns 77-81--158 
Cameron Wilhite 81-87--168 
Josh Lewis 84-90--174
6. Lincoln University 319-321--640 
Blake Lammers 75-79--154 
Deaven Vincent 77-80--157 
Cody Shaw 86-78--164 
Drew Geritz 81-86--167 
Jacob Womack 89-84--173
7. Benedict College 336-317--653 
Mohammed Nu-Mann 79-80--159 
Kelly Allen 83-79--162 
Rajai Cousley 85-78--163 
Rhaston Jones 89-80--169 
Marqus Edwards 89-84--173
8. Morehouse College 326-333--659 
Lennard Long 82-78--160 
Harvey Allen 79-81--160 
Anthony Body 81-87--168 
Tommy Swearingen 84-87--171 
Kenneth Dames 95-99--194
9. Virginia Union University 342-340--682 
Bartosh Kaminski 79-79--158 
Joshua Mohun 81-79--160 
Brandon Bailey 87-88--175 
Austin Haynes 95-95--190 
Ricardo Andrews 102-94--196
10. Elizabeth City State College 358-343--701 
Curtis Vinson 81-79--160 
Tyler Futrell 84-82--166 
William Fallon 84-82--166 
Daniel Nobles 109-100--209
NAIA Division
PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker
1. University of Houston-Victoria 316-313--629 
Cristian Esparza 80-76--156 
Hunter Huff 78-78--156 
Adrian Saenz 80-80--160 
Kaleb Presley 83-79--162 
Kirby Amburg 78-85--163
Women's Individual Invitational
PGA Golf Club - Ryder
1. Tiana Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 75-75--150
2. Cathleen Wong, Florida Gulf Coast University 80-79--159
3. Rachele Orme, Savannah State University 80-82--162
4. Pia Serrano, Chicago State University 81-87--168
5. Sydney Woolfolk, Savannah State University 91-87--178
6. Jasmin Cunningham, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 95-92--187
Men's Individual Invitational
PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker
1. Norman Blanco, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 74-76--150
T2. James Lee, Rice University 74-78--152
T2. Benjarong Murray, Palm Beach Atlantic University 76-76--152
4. Siyan Liu, Palm Beach Atlantic University 80-74--154
5. James Blackwell, Ball State  University 74-81--155
6. William Godfrey, Francis Marion University 78-78--156
T7. Phil Soo Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 79-80--159
T7. DeJuan Powell, Johnson C. Smith Universirty 79-80--159
T7. Angel Ramos, Florida Institute of Technology 83-76--159
10. Noel Sims, South Mountain Community College 86-74--160
11. Albert Jennings, Ball State University 81-81--162
12. Kenneth Gaither, Hampton University 84-82--166
T13. Jerrell Hubbard, Paine College 86-84--170
T13. Brandon Rincon, Albion College 82-88--170
15. Trevor Pueblo, Haskell Indian Nations 87-94--181
16. Joshua Steger, Johnson C. Smith University 94-89--183
17. Jordan Hall, Methodist University 95-92--187
18. Stephen Fitzgerald, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 90-106--196
19. Marquis Usher, University of Maryland Eastern Shore 97-100--197
20. Djimon Dixon, Paine College 97-105--202
21. Eddie Crawford, Methodist University 99-104--203
22. Khaliq Dansby, Miles College 101-105--206
--- Toiriste (TJ) O'Neal, Hampton University 82-WD--WD