Championship Venue: PGA Golf Club, Ryder Course
City: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Dates: May 11-13, 2018
Architect: Tom Fazio
Year Opened: 1996
Format: 54-hole, Stroke-Play Championship.
Men’s Defending Champion: Nabeel Khan, University of Connecticut
Women’s Defending Champion: Tiana Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
About: The PGA Minority Collegiate Championship 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 organizational meeting in 1986 brought together a significant group of founders: 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 goal of the founders was to provide a national stage for players from minority colleges and universities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.
The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, has been host to the Championship.
In 1990, a Career Fair was conducted for the first time in conjunction with the national Championship, to provide corporate sponsors an 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 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund. In 2008, the Championship featured a record number of participants, including nearly 200 students from 47 schools, with representatives from 14 countries.