Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s golf team will conclude their season as they take part in the 27th annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla. More than 200 entrants and 12 Division teams will participate in the three day, 54-hole event from May 10-12 on the Par-72, 6,840-yard Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club. The forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the mid 80’s for all three days.
TSU placed eighth as a team at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The final day of the event was rained out and was deemed official after two days and 36-holes of play. Scitern and Stepp were named to the All-Championship team as both golfers shot 3-under during the first two rounds and were tied for third, two strokes off the lead.
Scitern was also named to the OVC All-Conference team for his play throughout the 2012-13 season.
TSU will compete against Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, North Carolina Central, Prairie View A&M, Savannah State, Texas Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Maryland-eastern Shore, and Texas Pan-American.
About the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament 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 colleges and universities 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.
In 1990, a Career Fair was conducted for the first time in conjunction with the national Championship 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.
In 2008, the Championship featured a record number of participants, with nearly 200 students from 47 schools, with representatives from 14 countries.
In 2011, The PGA of America announced that Brown Capital Management., an investment management firm based in Baltimore, Md., had become the presenting sponsor of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and the one-hour Golf Channel Highlight Show.
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