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Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 05/09/2013

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UP NEXT: The Bethune-Cookman men’s golf team, ranked No. 129 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, travels to Port St. Lucie, Florida for the 27th Annual PGA National Minority Golf Championships presented by Brown Capital Management set to begin, Thursday, May 10. The event takes place at the PGA Club.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will feature 200 student-athletes representing more than 40 colleges and universities. They will be competing for a National Championship in six divisions:

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division II

NAIA

Women’s Team Division

Men’s Individual Invitational

Women’s Individual Invitational

“This event goes back 25 years and it’s produced well over a dozen PGA Professionals both on the playing side and on the club manager side,” said B-CU head coach Loritz “Scooter” Clark. “Not only is this event a chance to have the kids experience collegiate golf at one of the highest levels, but also to understand the career opportunities within the golf industry. It exposes these young men and women to chances they might not normally get.”

WHERE: PGA Club (par 72, 6,546 yards)

WHEN: Thursday, May 10 – Saturday, May 12

TEE TIMES: 8:15 a.m. Eastern Thursday (shotgun), 8:00 – 9:39 a.m. Friday & Sunday (split-tee).

THE TOURNAMENT FIELD: Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, North Carolina Central, Prairie View A&M, Savannah State, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Maryland Eastern Shore, Texas Pan American

LIVE SCORING: Golfstat.com

SEASON STATISTICS: BCUathletics.com

BETHUNE-COOKMAN STARTERS

No. 1 – Ryan Fricker

♦ NCAA Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional Tournament Invitee

♦ Ranked No. 205 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings

♦ Leads Bethune-Cookman in scoring on the year with a 71.6 average

♦ Collected eight top 10 finishes on the year in 11 tournaments

No. 2 – Matthew McKnight

♦ Third on the team in scoring average with a 74.7 average

♦ Claimed the MEAC Showcase individual title in his last event

No. 3 – Leon Fricker

♦ Second on the B-CU team in scoring average with a 74.6 average

♦ Owns two individual titles on the year in 11 tournaments

No. 4 – Emmanuel Petrich

♦ Fourth on the B-CU squad with a 74.9 scoring average

♦ Lowered his average by more than eight strokes since late February

No. 5 – Alex Clapp

♦ Owns a 76.6 scoring average on the year for B-CU

♦ A senior golfer with one top five 10 finish on the campaign

LAST TIME AT THE PGA N.M.G.C: Bethune-Cookman's bid to defend its National Minority Golf Championship ended with a second comeback effort in as many tournaments falling short Sunday at PGA Golf Club. The Wildcats finished in a tie for third, seven shots behind Texas-Pan American's 54-hole total of 904. After erasing a 17-shot deficit to win last month's MEAC Showcase, B-CU entered Sunday's round 11 strokes behind second-round leader Tennessee State. While the seven-shot final margin of victory may indicate otherwise, things got interesting as Texas-Pan American, Tennessee State and B-CU made the walk up the 18th hole.

After Emmanuel Petrich's 72 and JaMichael Jones' 73 were recorded, B-CU had moved into a three-way tie for the lead. UT-PA's Kevin Kirakossoan came in with a 71 to help the Broncos take the championship. Tennessee State finished second with a 906. Petrich, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Mich., had B-CU's 54-hole low at 227, followed by Alex Clapp (74-74-80 228); Jones (80-76-73 229), Matthew McKnight (77-77-79 233) and Rafael Abad (83-76-78 237).

LAST TIME OUT: Matthew McKnight and the Bethune-Cookman men’s team won their second straight MEAC Showcase titles Sunday afternoon at the Legends Golf and Resort. Entering Sunday’s final round with a three-stroke, McKnight shot a two-under par 70 that helped the junior from Northern Ireland fend off the charge of  Savannah State’s Travis Roe for a one-shot victory. McKnight carded  54-hole total of 212 – four under par – to defend his individual title.

It was McKnight’s second lowest 54-hole total of the season as he won his first tournament of 2012-2013 and third in his B-CU career. With four finishers among the top individuals, the Wildcats posted a 23-shot (860-883) over Savannah State for the team title. B-CU erased a 17-shot deficit to win last year’s title.

Ryan Fricker (71-72-71 214) finished third at two-under par, while Emanuel Petrich (76-71-72 219) and Leon Fricker (72-78-78) were fifth and tied for sixth, respectively.  Alex Clapp (73-80-74 224) tied for 11th. The Wildcats were under par as a team for the second time this season as they won their team title.

For news and results on the B-CU women’s golf team, log on to BCUathletics.com and follow the team (@BCUgolf) on Twitter. You can join the conversation with the hashtag, #bcugolf. Make sure to “Like Us” on Facebook at Bethune-Cookman Athletics.

About the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management

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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