UMES LOOKS FOR SOLID PLACING AT 27TH PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
May 8, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team looks to conclude its season on a strong note this weekend as the Hawks travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to compete in the 27th PGA Minority Golf Championship. The event is scheduled to be 54 holes and will be stroke-play. The tournament features four different divisions: NCAA Men's Division I, II and NAIA. There will also be a women's division.
The 12-team NCAA Division I field includes defending champion Texas-Pan American, Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Hampton, Prairie View A&M, Savannah State, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and UMES. UMES most recently finished sixth overall at the MEAC Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team was much improved in its final round, where they shot 23 strokes better on the last day of the tournament.
The Hawks are being led on the year by junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.), who is averaging a 77.87 across 15 rounds this year. The two-time PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week has competed in all seven events for the Hawks this year and holds seven of the top-10 rounds for the squad this season. Veverka is fresh off a solid performance at the MEAC Challenge, where he shot an even 72 in his second round.
Junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) has also been consistent for the men this season and holds a 80.07 average across 15 rounds. He notched the program's first ever hole-in-one at the Rehobeth Beach Invitational and is coming off his lowest round of the year (74) in UMES' last round of competition at the MEAC Challenge. Junior Christopher Toney (La Plata, Md.) is UMES" third golfer and is just two stokes behind Cecil on the year at 82.92. Toney shot the best round of the 2012-13 season for the Hawks with a two-under-par score of 70 at the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Invitational.
The team is looking for a consistent effort at its fourth spot. The final scoring spot will be a tossup between freshman Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.), sophomore Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, Md.), junior Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore, Md.), sophomore Kevin Odell (Snow Hill, Md.) and sophomore Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.).
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.