Annual Career Fair to showcase possibilities throughout golf industry

By Randy Stutzman
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- In conjunction with the 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management, The PGA of America will host a Business of Golf Career Expo.

The Expo, to be held May 10 from 3:00-6:00 p.m., features golf industry associations and companies that enable student-athletes to learn about additional employment opportunities in manufacturing, media, trade, golf course management and the game’s premier governing bodies.

Student-athletes will have the opportunity to present resumes for internships and future employment.

“The Business of Golf Career Expo is an integral part of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The exhibitors, which include many of our leading golf industry organizations, will allow student-athletes to learn about career opportunities in our great game.”

Since the Business of Golf Career Expo’s inception, more than 25 former participants have gone on to become PGA members. There are also additional student-athletes who are now working in the golf industry at PGA of America Headquarters, the PGA and LPGA tours, Troon Golf and TaylorMade-adidas Golf and various other golf companies.

The following companies or organizations will be represented in 2012:

• Acushnet Company
• Golf Channel
• IGP Group/Honda Classic
• Innisbrook Golf Resort
• PGA Golf Club
• PGA Magazine
• PGA National Resort and Spa
• PGA Tour
• Tampa Sports Authority
• The First Tee
• The PGA of America
• Troon Golf
• World Golf Foundation

The 2012 edition of the Championship will feature nearly 200 athletes from historically black colleges and universities, other minority-serving institutions and minority students attending any college or university.

The 54-hole, stroke-play event will consist of three team divisions, NCAA Men's Division I and II, and a Women's Division.

In addition to the team competition, the Championship features a men's and women's Individual Invitational that is open to collegiate golfers who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American.

About The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated from a meeting in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament. The meeting resulted in a 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 elevate the game of golf in minority colleges and universities by giving each a chance to compete in a championship 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 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., 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.