Thursday, May 10, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – The South Carolina State men’s and women’s golf teams will be among 38 colleges and universities competing for titles at the three-day (May 11-13) PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship beginning today (Friday) at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The largest field ever will be on hand for the 54-hole event, which is in its 21st year and will crown men’s champions in Division I, Division II and NAIA, as well as a women’s champion in Division I. There is also an Independent Division for both men and women. Overall, more than 180 contestants are set to compete.
The SC State men, who have participated every year since the inception of the event, will be seeking their fourth title in the event, but their first since 1990 when they completed a three-year run as the Div. I champion. Coach Richard Arrington’s Bulldogs have not managed a finish higher than fifth the last five years.
The SC State women, under first-year head coach Herman Belton, are participating in the event for the first time. The Lady Bulldog golf program, in only its fourth year of intercollegiate competition, reached a milestone this past fall when Belton’s team won the Alabama State Invitational for the school’s first-ever tournament win.
The 54-hole stroke play competition will be played on the PGA Golf Club’s Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. Tee time is 7:30 p.m. for Round 1 Friday and 8 a.m. for the final two rounds.
Joining the SC State men in the 13-team Div. I field are Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, Jackson State, Savannah State, Southern, Texas Southern, Texas-Pan-American and Winston-Salem State.
The Div. I women’s field includes Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, SC State and Texas-Pan-American.