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Bethune-Cookman sweeps titles in PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman swept the men's and women's titles for the second straight year Sunday in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.

Bethune-Cookman won its seventh title in the Division I men's competition and its tournament-record 11th in the women's division, completing a sweep for the fourth time in the 54-hole event.

"This championship is always tight and hard fought, with the championship really starting on the back nine on Sunday," Bethune-Cookman coach Scooter Clark said. "The women's team came together well this weekend and I'm really proud of how both teams performed. It's incredibly satisfying as a coach."

The women's team, tied with Chicago State after two rounds, had a 4-over 292 total in the finale on PGA Golf Club's Ryder Course to win by six strokes. Chicago State was second, followed by Houston-Victoria. Heather Shake of the Houston-Victoria had three straight 74s to take medallisthonours in the team division.

In the men's tournament, Bethune-Cookman beat Florida A&M by eight strokes on the Wanamaker Course. Alabama State University was third, 11 strokes back of Bethune-Cookman.

Rafael Abad led Bethune Cookman, closing with a 1-under 71 for a 2-over 218 total.

"It was very close at the end, but our team pulled it out," Abad said. "This is the best year of golf I've ever had and it feels great to win as a team."

Bethune-Cookman and Alabama State will compete in the NCAA regionals next week.

Dominick Vennari of Florida A&M was the medallist , shooting a 69 to finish at 1-under 215.

In Division II, Lincoln University won its sixth title, beating Texas A&M International by a shot.

Gary Natal of Texas A&M International won medallisthonours in the division, edging Steven Mallow of Lincoln on the first playoff hole.

In the women's individual invitational, Tiana Jones of South Carolina State chipped in for birdie on the 54th hole to beat teammate Cheryl Chua by a stroke.

Alabama State's Robert Grant won the men's individual invitational for the second straight year, shooting a 74 to finish at 6 over. Justin Watkins of Central Oklahoma, the 2012 winner, was a stroke back.

"It's an incredible honour to win this championship for a second time," Grant said. "It was a battle all day and I feel fortunate to have won."

In the men's NAIA division, Houston-Victoria won the team title, and Steve Jones of Houston-Victoria was the medallist , closing with a 70 for a 218 total.

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