2016 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities

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Bethune-Cookman's mens golf team poses for a post-round photo with PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, Anthony Stepney and David Jones.
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 | 5:54 p.m.

30th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities

Dates: May 6-8, 2016
Site: PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Courses: Ryder and Wanamaker
PHOTO GALLERIES: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday
While the Bethune-Cookman women had an easy time en route to their record fifth consecutive team championship, the Bethune-Cookman men needed a one-hole playoff to edge Tennessee State.
Both the men and women of Bethune-Cookman University hold second-round leads at PGA Golf Club. But while Bethune-Cookman's women hold a sizable advantage over second-place Chicago State, their male counterparts are in a tussle with a group of upstarts from Tennessee State in Men's Division I.     
In search of a fifth consecutive championship, the Bethune-Cookman women are in a familiar spot atop the Women's Division leaderboard after Friday's first-round action. On the Men's Division I side, Tennessee State holds a slim one-shot lead.  
CastleOak Securities L.P., of New York City, has been named a presenting sponsor for the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and its accompanying one-hour highlight program on Golf Channel.  Founded in 2006 and celebrating its 10th anniversary, CastleOak is a boutique investment bank focused on the capital markets serving a broad array of corporate, governmental and institutional investor clients. 
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.
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 30th 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.