For HBCUs, Champions Come in All Colors

Not one African-American plays for Bethune-Cookman's championship-winning female golf team.

Posted: 05/18/2012 11:41 AM EDT

At the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship last weekend, the female team from Bethune-Cookman turned heads on the green — not just for their winning strokes, but for the color of their skin. Despite being a historically Black institution, and boasting African-American enrollment of around 90 percent, Bethune-Cookman’s athletic department has no problems recruiting the best athletes, regardless of race, writes FOX Sports:

"The men of Texas Pan-American and the women of Bethune-Cookman each won for the second time in the past three years. Neither school has an African-American on its roster. In fact, half of Bethune-Cookman’s six golfers are European.

Where are all the minority golfers at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship?

'I raise that question sometimes myself,' said Earnie Ellison, the PGA director of business and community relations, who is African-American. 'But we do not tell the coaches who to put on their teams.''"


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