For an extraordinary 14th time, the Women of Bethune-Cookman University (BCU), located in Daytona Beach, Florida left The PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida as the victors of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities. The 31st edition, stroke play event was contested on the PGA Club’s outstanding Wannamaker and Ryder courses and featured six divisions.
The BCU Women enjoyed their sixth consecutive victory with a three day total of 889. The BCU Wildcats were led by Mackenzie Butzer (215), whose final round 1-under par 71 solidified her position as the division’s Medalist, finishing 1-under par for the Championship and nine strokes ahead of teammate Alejandra Sanchez.
“Today, I had the mentality of playing easy golf,” said Butzer, who finished runner up in 2016. “I worked extremely hard all year and my game has finally come together.”
Not to be outdone by their fellow Wildcats, the men of BCU(875) claimed their fourth Men’s Division I victory in five years with a 16 stroke margin. Sam Sloman’s steady play and three day total of 217 earned him Division I Medalist.
The PGA Minority Collegeiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities for players to compete in a national championship. In 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management by the National Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund.
“This is my favorite event to come to,” said Butzer, who will compete in the Canadian Amateur and the Ontario Amateur this summer. “The Courses at The PGA Club, the people and the competition are all great. It is just a special atmosphere to be around.”
Congratulations to Bethune-Cookman University for their victorious Sweep from eSouthernGOLF.com.