May 11, 2012
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The traveling road show that is the Fayetteville State Broncos golf team continues to get rave reviews.
Just two days after wrapping up a 13th-place finish at an NCAA Division-II Regional, and one day after completing a 1,100-mile trek down the Eastern seaboard from Hershey, Pa., to southern Florida, the Broncos rolled out onto the PGA Golf Club with bags on their arms and bags under their eyes and did what they've done all season.
Shaking off the fatigue of 54 rain-soaked holes at the regional, Fayetteville State returned to the form that enabled it to coast to yet another CIAA Championship with a brilliant round of 300 as a team to take a 13-shot lead after the first round of the 26th PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
Led by Jedidiah Frazier (So., Havelock, N.C.), who leads the tournament after a 1-under-par 71, the Broncos overcame blustery conditions to romp to the lead of the 54-hole event. The Broncos lead Lincoln (Mo.), which carded a 313, while fellow CIAA member and defending PGA champion Virginia State was four more shots back in third at 317.
Jacob Barge (Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.) who qualified for next week's NCAA Championship after finishing fourth as an individual at the regional, was one shot back of Frazier after a 72.
"The wind was just unbelievable and you had to hit fairways and greens in regulation to post a good score," said Barge. "I was really satisfied with my round and got the most out of what was a difficult day."
Lincoln Jackson (Sr., Southern Pines, N.C.), who along with fellow senior Mike Wallace (Fayetteville, N.C.) is playing in his last collegiate tournament, added a solid 77 while CIAA Player of the Year Brandon Jobe (Fr., Fayetteville, N.C.) shot 80 and Wallace shot 81.
Fayetteville State has a rich history at the Minority championship, winning it four straight times from 2006 to 2009. The Broncos also captured the title in 1996 and 1996, and their six championships are the most in the history of the event (St. Augustine's won five straight from 1990-94).
This year will mark the 26th playing of the tournament, which originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament. It has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.