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Texas-Pan American & Fayetteville State maintain leads after Day 2 of Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

May 6, 2006

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Kyle Tudi of the University of Texas-Pan American, Wilbert Lynn of Jackson State University, and Phillip Watkins of Tennessee State University, each sit atop the Division I individual standings leaderboard of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship with two-day total of even-par 144 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Tudi started the day in first-place alone, while Lynn and Watkins jumped up from third place and a tie for 14th place, respectively.

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Jackson State's Wilbert Lynn is tied for first place in Men's Division I play

“My approach shots into the greens were difficult due to the strong winds, but my putter came through for me as I made a few bombs,” said Wilbert, a freshman from Baltimore, Md., who recorded a 1-under-par 71 today. “I had a hard time getting the ball close to the pin all day, but I am pleased with my round and it feels good being in a tie for first place going into the final-round.”

The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, remains in first place in Division I, 10-strokes ahead of Bethune-Cookman College of Daytona Beach, Fla., and 17-stokes ahead of Jackson (Miss.) State University.

In Division II, Fayetteville (N.C.) State University remains atop the leaderboard, 8-strokes ahead of Lincoln University of Jefferson City, Mo., and 30-strokes ahead of Morehouse College of Atlanta, Ga., who was in second-place after round-one.

Freshman Derek Scott of Fayetteville State University moved into first place in the Division II individual standings with a two-day total of 9-over-par 153, one-stoke ahead of teammate and first-round leader, Ian Milne.

In the NAIA Division, Johnson & Wales University of North Miami, Fla., the only team participating in the newly formed division, carded an impressive team-total of 7-under-par 281 for a two-day total of 11-under-par 565, with the strong play of senior James Renner of Plainville, Maine.

“I birdied my first three holes and made the turn at 5-under-par 31,” said Renner, who finished in a tie for second place in 2005. “I had a simple up-and-down on No. 11, but I missed the chip and made bogey. The rest of the back nine was interesting as I made 2 birdies, 3 bogies, and an eagle on No. 13.”

In the Women’s Division, Bethune-Cookman College carded a second-round team total of 28-over-par 316 to remain in the lead over the University of Texas-Pan American by seven-strokes.

Fern Grimshaw of Bethune-Cookman College recorded the low-round for women with an even-par 72. “I hit my wedges much more accurately today which set up tap-in birdies that are always good,” said Grimshaw, a freshman from Dorset, England, who is majoring in Physical Education.

Seniors Rick Stewart and Hae Young Lee, both PGA Professional Golf Management (PGM) majors at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, share the lead at 5-over-par 149 in the Men’s Independent Division.

“I definitely hit my driver and 3-wood much better off the tee today and hit 13 fairways in regulation,” said Stewart, winner of three events on the PGA PGM Tour. “I missed a short putt on No. 18 to end the round with a bogey, but am optimistic about the final round tomorrow.”

Freshman Deztany O’ve Jackson of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., recipient of a $1,000 State Farm/PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship, extended her lead in the Women’s Independent Division by 33-strokes over Ryen Williams of Alabama A&M University.

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 tomorrow, 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.

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