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Texas-Pan American and Fayetteville State take early leads in PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

May 5, 2006

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Sophomore Kyle Tudi of the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, leads the Division I individual standings after the first round of the 20th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. Tudi posted a 3-under-par 69 at par-72, 6,760-yard PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and leads teammate Shane Pearce by two strokes.

“I played a solid round today and only had one bad hole on No. 7, where I made a double bogey,” said Tudi, of Phoenix, Ariz. “I came back strong on the back nine and made a birdie on No. 10 from 15 feet, which got me in the groove for the rest of my round.”

Tudi finished in a tie for 18th place in last year’s Championship, which was contested on the North Course. This year the Championship is being held on the South Course due to the upcoming two-year, multi-million dollar capital improvement program beginning this month at PGA Golf Club. “I enjoy playing the South Course much more. It’s more challenging and fits my game better because it’s tighter and forces the golfer to be more precise.”

The University of Texas-Pan American leads the Division I team standings with a team total of even-par 288, 11-strokes ahead of Jackson (Miss.) State University.

Zac Gelow of Savannah (Ga.) State University, had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 175-yard, sixth hole. “The wind was blowing from left to right so I picked up a 5-iron and I made the perfect swing,” said Gelow, the sophomore who finished fourth in the Men’s Independent Division in 2005. “The ball landed two inches behind the hole and rolled back in. It was my first hole-in-one ever and it couldn’t have come at a better time!”

In the Men’s Division II team standings, Fayetteville (N.C.) State University takes a 13-stroke lead over Morehouse College of Atlanta, Ga. Sophomore Ian Milne of Fayetteville State University helped his team by firing a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Division II individual standings over teammate Derek Scott and Jordan Heath of Morehouse College, who each carded 74’s.

“The conditions were tough this afternoon but the hole locations were fairly decent, which allowed me to make several pars,” said Milne, who was in a tie for first place after the first round last year. “I feel I have a slight advantage coming back to the Championship this year which has made me feel more comfortable. I am pleased with my play today. I made good iron shots into the greens that set up great putting opportunities to capitalize on.”

In the Women’s Team Division, Nikeda Cooks of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla., fired a 4-over-par 76 to take a 3-shot lead over teammate Maria Dunne of Dublin, Ireland. Cooks relied on her putter to carry her to the top of the leaderboard and boost her team to a one-stroke lead over the three-time defending Champion Lady Broncs from the University of Texas-Pan American.

“I am pleased with my round as the wind picked up this afternoon, which could have caused some difficulties,” said Cooks, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif. “My putting was the strong part of my game as I birdied Nos. 7 and 8, and knocked in three long putts off the green today.”

Mike Chappell of Jackson State University carded a 4-under-par 76 to lead the Men’s Independent Division standings, while Deztany O’ve Jackson of Old Dominion University finished with a 26-over-par 98 to lead the Women’s Independent Division standings.

Approximately 125 contestants from 28 colleges and universities, representing 14 countries comprise the field for the 20th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The Championship concludes after the third round on Sunday, May 7. State Farm Insurance and The Golf Channel have combined to produce a one-hour Championship highlight program, which will air on July 6, 2006, at 6 p.m. EDT.

The 20th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
PGA Golf Club - South Course
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
May 5-7, 2006
Menís Division I
Texas Pan-American
288
Kyle Tudi
37-32--69
Shane Pearce
35-36--71
Craig Berger
40-34--74
Colin Norris
38-36--74
Jeff Hensley
40-35--75
Jackson State
299
Wilbert Lynn
37-36--73
Michael Bailey
36-38--74
Raul Cortes
37-37--74
Rodney Mundia
41-37--78
Kortland Ware
42-43--85
Bethune-Cookman
302
Dan Venema
37-37--74
Stefan Strandland
37-38--75
Rhys Lindquist
37-39--76
Carl Corbin
38-39--77
Sean Edey
41-42--83
Savannah State
307
Riley Baxter
40-34--74
Matt Long
40-36--76
Zac Gelow
35-43--78
Jon Lehman
42-37--79
Billy Daly
44-41--85
Southern
311
Dustin Thompson
37-39--76
Lee Njoroge
39-37--76
Wayne Birch
36-41--77
Patrick Phillips
38-44--82
Suhail Vally
42-44--86
Tennessee State
311
Mark Gruber
37-37--74
Philip Watkins
36-40--76
Lawrence Larson
40-37--77
Chris Almroth
41-43--84
Adam Gruber
44-46--90
South Carolina State
330
Kellen Miller
39-41--80
Robert Biggers
39-43--82
Cory Jozeflak
43-40--83
Aaron Robinson
45-40--85
Trevor Pleasant
43-43--86
Hampton
332
Justin Martin
36-39--75
Adam Clayton
40-42--82
Dominic Dinkins
46-41--87
Jared Williams
45-43--88
Christopher Frazier
44-46--90
Grambling State
343
Devon Raymond
39-39--78
Brandon Williams
36-44--80
Willard Edwards
41-45--86
Joseph Brisco
47-52-99
Menís Division II
Fayetteville State
310
Ian Milne
37-36--73
Derek Scott
35-39--74
Brent Snipes
37-44--81
Terry Barber
42-40--82
Brandon Smith
44-43--87
Morehouse
323
Jordan Heath
37-37--74
Ed Hills
40-39--79
Esquire Ward
41-43--84
Steven Wooten
47-39--86
Sean Means
56-46--102
Lincoln (MO)
326
Rodolfo Gamino
39-38--77
Dan Frost
41-41--82
Matthew Cromer
45-37--82
Aaron Murphy
45-40--85
Keith Ware
38-47--85
North Carolina Central
328
Steve Wright
38-41--79
Chris Winters
38-41--79
Brian Demby
44-40--84
Dustin McCrary
42-44--86
Mark Clayton
46-42--88
Winston Salem State
336
Joshua Vogler
39-38--77
Brett Lindquist
42-42--84
Lance Holmes
43-43--86
Joshua Sherrill
46-43--89
William Monk
51-52--103
Benedict
343
Galen Aldrich
40-38--78
Timothy Warren
44-40--84
Devereaux Buenett
48-42--90
George Shears
49-42--91
Mike Taylor
61-57--118
St. Augustine's
392
Keathen Stuart
36-42--78
Julius Wells
43-44--87
Keyth Wilson
57-54--111
Dennard Marbury
63-53--116
Jerome Drumgoole
57-61-118

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