Tiger Golf tees up for PGA Minority Championship
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men and women golf teams will travel to compete in the 24th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship from May 6 - 9 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Twenty-three teams make up the men's championship with a team champion to be declared in Division I, Division II and NAIA play.

TSU will compete in the Division I field that includes Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Hampton, Jackson State, North Carolina Central, Prairie View A&M, Savannah State, Texas Southern, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Texas Pan-American and Winston Salem State.

Seven teams on the women's side will compete in one championship with Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, Lincoln, South Carolina State, and Texas Pan-American making up that field.

Two-time winner (2005, 2009) and defending champions, TSU men's golf, will look to reclaim their crown after finishing fourth overall in the Ohio Valley Conference championship (4/25-28).

The program earned its best finish in the conference tourney in the history of OVC competition. In their last outing, the Tigers finished 11th in the Cavalier Classic hosted by the University of Virginia (5/1-2).

Chris Seibel, TSU Male Athlete of the Year and First Team OVC, continues to lead the team averaging one-over-par at 73. Seibel has finished in the top five in four tournaments this season and was a major factor in the Tigers winning last year's PGA title.

Ryan Smith and Richard Gill follow shooting an average of three-over-par apiece.

Smith has finished in the top five on two occasions including a win at the Alabama A&M Spring Classic (3/28-30) while shooting 74.9. Gill is shooting 75.1 and has finished twice in the top ten in two tournaments this year.

At last year's PGA championship, TSU made up ten-strokes on the final day, with three of five players firing under-par rounds. Seibel nailed a final round one-under par 71, birdied the 17th hole and saved par on No. 18 to seal the victory. Seibel finished shooting three-under par 216 (70-72-71) to lead TSU respectively.

For the women, this will be TSU's first appearance at the PGA championship. TSU women's golf is coming off an eighth-place finish to round out the competition at the OVC Championship (4/21-24).

Jamie Pierce powers the team shooting 11 over with an 82.9 stroke average placing in top five in three competitions this season. Marie Black follows with a 93.7 average (+22) with Mya Billingsley and Katelyn Dingeman registering identical 101.6 averages shooting 30 over.

Owned and operated by The PGA of America, and ranked among the "75 Best Golf Resorts" by Golf Digest, the PGA Golf Club features 18 holes on a 7,210 yardage course - par 72. The championship will feature three rounds with the men playing on the Wannamaker course with the women competing on the Ryder course.

The debut broadcast of the 2010 highlight show on Golf Channel will air on Wed., July 7 at 8:00 p.m. Additional airing times are Wed., July 28 at 10:00 a.m., and Sat., July 31 at 3:30 a.m. (All Times Eastern).