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FAMU rolls while Lincoln holds on in National Minority College second round

May 8, 2000

By Bob Denney, PGA.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Senior Mike Rice of Apopka, Fla., posted a3-under-par 69 to bring Florida A&M University a step closer to it firstnational golf championship, while Lincoln University clung to aone-stroke lead in Division II after Monday's second round of the 14thNational Minority College Golf Championship at PGA Golf Club.

Rice's five-birdie, two-bogey effort was a stroke off his competitive best,and led a balanced performance as the Rattlers totaled 575 strokes, 15strokes ahead of defending Division I champion Bethune-Cookman. Ricehad a 36-hole total of 4-under-par 140, two-strokes ahead of freshmanteammate Tirrel Baymon of Atlanta, Ga., and Bethune-Cookrman seniorMartin Perelman of Hadley, Australia, who each closed with 71s for a142.

Kentucky State University seniors Nick Starchuk and Kerry Moher, both native Canadians, ralliedthe Thorobreds, trimming defending Division II champion Lincoln University's lead to one stroke, 618to 619. Kentucky State won the 1998 Division II crown and was runner-up in 1999.

Starchuk, a native of Kanata, Ontario, had a 76 for a 150 total, two strokes ahead of Moher, ofStitsville, Ontario, who had a 75. First-round leader Damon Turley of Lincoln University was at153.

Bethune-Cookman senior Hayley Hunt of Adelaide, Australia,three-putted the 18th green for a 72, but that was still Monday's bestround in the Women's Division. Her 145 total is two strokes better thanjunior teammate Julia Walsh of Watertown, Wis., who had a 76 whilecompeting in the Independent Women's Division. Bethune-Cookman'swomen's team has a 631 total and Hampton University is next at 712

The National Minority College Golf Championship, which concludesTuesday, is co-sponsored by The PGA of America and the NationalMinority College Golf Scholarship Fund of Highland Hills, Ohio.

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