2015 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

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Members of the Bethune-Cookman women's team celebrated their fourth straight victory on Sunday.
By
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
THE 29TH PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
 
TOURNAMENT FACTS AND FIGURES:
Dates: May 8-10, 2015
Site: PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Courses: Ryder and Wanamaker
 
 
 
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Bethune-Cookman University raised the bar it has set in women’s golf by earning a record 12th title, while Alabama State University’s men’s quintet captured its first team crown Sunday in the 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at PGA Golf Club.
 
Bethune-Cookman University rolled to a 24-shot lead and is poised to extend a lofty women’s golf record, while Alabama State University’s men’s team surged to the fore in its attempt to write its own historic chapter in Saturday's second round.
 
Three-time defending women’s champion Bethune-Cookman University wasted no time taking the first-round women’s division lead, while Florida A&M University moved atop the Division I men’s division at PGA Golf Club.
 
PREVIEW COVERAGE:
Bethune-Cookman University is aiming for a four-year sweep for its women's team seniors – and a three-peat for its men – as more than 230 student-athletes representing 50 schools are expected to compete in the 2015 Championship.
 
RELIVE THE 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP:
Bethune-Cookman swept the men's and women's titles for the second straight year on Sunday. The men won their seventh title, while the women captured their tournament-record 11th crown, completing a sweep for the fourth time. In Division II, Lincoln University won its sixth title.
 
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 29th 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.