2012 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management

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Keith Lee with 2012 Women's Team Champion Bethune-Cookman University, along with Earnie Ellison and PGA President Allen Wronowski after Bethune-Cookman earned its record ninth team title.
PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Thursday, May 03, 2012 | 6:13 p.m.


Dates: May 11-13, 2012
Site: PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Competitors: Teams and players (.pdf)
Facts & Format: General information (.pdf)
Last Year: Relive the 2011 tournament

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Sunday: Texas-Pan American, Bethune-Cookman and Fayetteville State capture team titles
Drama ruled the day on Sunday as Texas-Pan American rallied to win the Men's Division I title for the fifth time. Bethune-Cookman claimed its record ninth team title in the Women's Division, while Fayetteville State University ran away with the Men's Division II honors. Justin Watkins of Central Oklahoma won the Men's Independent crown, while Ariel McNair of Xavier captured the Women's Independent title.
--Read the final-round story
--See the final-round photo gallery

Saturday: Tennessee State surges to front, Bethune-Cookman holds strong
With strong winds playing a big factor for the second consecutive day, Tennessee State University stormed into the lead in Men's Division I, while Bethune-Cookman University continued to lead the Women's Division. In Division II, Fayetteville State University extended its lead to 25 strokes.
--Read the second-round story 
--See the second-round photo gallery

Friday: Texas-Pan American and Bethune-Cookman grab first-round lead
On a blustery Friday at PGA Golf Club, the University of Texas-Pan American used a team effort to move out front in Men's Division I, while Bethune-Cookman University took the lead in the Women's Division. In Men's Division II, Fayetteville State University built a 13-stroke advantage.
--Read the first-round story
--See the first-round photo gallery

Scholarship recipients announced at Welcome Dinner
The Welcome Dinner provided more than a memorable meal for several participants. Ten students were named to receive a PGA/State Farm Insurance Scholarship, while the winners of the John Cash, Cliff Wallace and Earnie Ellison scholarships also were announced.
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--See the Welcome Dinner photo gallery

Virginia State looks to defend its D-II title in return to PGA Golf Club
Virginia State University men's golf coach Jeff Hamilton waited almost six years for a national championship in his team's favorite event. In 2011, his vision became a reality and the Trojans return this year with two holdovers and three newcomers eager to defend their treasured title.
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Annual Career Fair to showcase possibilities throughout golf industry
 The PGA of America will host its annual Business of Golf Career Expo. Set for May 10, the expo will feature golf industry associations and companies that enable student-athletes to learn about employment opportunities in manufacturing, media, trade, course management and governing bodies.
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Anderson, now at LPGA, looks back fondly on her tournament experience
When Ashleigh Anderson looks back on her PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship experience, it brings a smile to her face. Anderson, who competed in both 2007 and 2008, is excited to see how much the Championship has grown as she returns to participate in a panel discussion of industry professionals.
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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 26th 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.