@BCUgolf Women Head to National Minority Championships
UP NEXT: The Bethune-Cookman women’s golf team will look to defend its nine-time title in 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
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.”
As mentioned, Bethune-Cookman has won the event nine times prior – the most by any school in this year’s field.
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: Bethune-Cookman, Chicago State, Delaware State, Hampton, Lincoln, Texas A&M International, Texas Southern and Texas Pan American.
LIVE SCORING: Golfstat.com
SEASON STATISTICS: BCUathletics.com
No. 1 – Patrizia Trevisan
♦ Leads Bethune-Cookman in scoring on the year with a 77.1 scoring average
♦ Owns three individual titles and six top 10 finishes this year
No. 2 – Andrea Orozco
♦ Third on the team in scoring average with a 80.0 average
♦ Lowered her average by two strokes since the fall campaign
No. 3 – Marie Bergelin
♦ Owns an 82.0 scoring average on the year for B-CU
♦ Moved up the B-CU starting lineup since the beginning of the spring season
No. 4 – Estefania Acosta
♦ Fourth on the B-CU squad with a 81.6 scoring average
No. 5 – Vanessa Adarme
♦ Owns a 90.0 scoring average on the year for B-CU
LAST TIME AT THE PGA N.M.G.C: While the sizeable gallery was following the individualist medal battle between Bethune-Cookman’s Patrizia Trevisan and South Carolina State’s Tiana Jones, Marie Bergelin and Jennifer Hide toiled in obscurity a couples of holes ahead. And that’s where the Lady Wildcats won their ninth National Minority Golf Championship championship Sunday, edging out South Carolina State by eight strokes Sunday on the PGA Golf Club Ryder Course.
Holding a slim five-shot lead after 36 holes, B-CU shot a balanced 300 – the four scoring totals going 74,75,75 and 76 – while South Carolina State shot 303. B-CU’s three-day total was 916. Jones outlasted Trevisan by one shot for the individual honors after a tightly-contested back nine.
Trevisan, and to a certain extent Andrea Orozco and Estefania Acosta, had the attention, but Bergelin and Hide each bringing in a 75 helped B-CU keep its distance from the Bulldogs. For Hide, who shot consecutive 81 in the opening two rounds, the 75 marked a season-low for the freshman from England.
Down two with nine to play, Trevisian took a one shot lead when she birdied the 15th hole and Jones double-bogeyed. Jones moved back into a tie the following hole and won the event with a par on 18. Orozco finished with a 74-79-76 229, followed by Acosta (78-75-80 233), Bergelein (81-78-75 234) and Hide (81-81-75 237).
With a team consistently of entirely freshmen and sophomores, B-CU concluded the 2012 season by winning five of its final seven tournaments.
LAST TIME OUT: Bethune-Cookman pulled away to a 30-shot victory over South Carolina State to win its second straight MEAC Showcase Women’s title Sunday at Legends Golf and Resort.
Holding a six shot lead after the opening round, the Lady Wildcats outshot South Carolina State 311-335 on the final 18 holes to pull away to a 624 (+48) to 654 (+78) victory over the Lady Bulldogs. In the individual competition, B-CU’s Patrizia Trevisan and South Carolina State Tiana Jones renewed their rivalry as Jones took medalist honors with a victory on the first playoff hole.
Trevisan forced a tie as her second round 74 made a four shot deficit. However, Jones, who beat Trevisan on the 18th hole at last year’s National Minority Golf Championship, prevailed again. Both shot a 36-hole total of 149 (+5). Andrea Orozco (74-79 153 +9) came in third while Estefania Acosta (84-75 159 +14) and Marie Bergelin (80-83 163 +19) were sixth and seventh, respectively. Vanessa Adarme (88-89 177 +33) was 11th.
This was the Lady Wildcats second championship of the year, the first coming at the Gary Freeman Invitational in February.
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.