The Professional Golfers Association recently held its Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The tournament, which was founded in 1987, is open to teams from Historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving colleges and universities.
This year the champion in the women’s division was Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman has won the tournament in two of the last three years and nine times overall.
Bethune-Cookman has an overall student enrollment that is 94.3 percent Black. But not one member of the university’s women’s golf team is an African American. Half of the team is from Europe.
JBHE is interested in hearing from readers on this issue. Coaches in any sport want to win and they seek out the athletes who will give them the best chance of doing so. But should HBCUs field teams in sports where all the athletes are likely to be White or should resources be spent on other sports or other activities which better serve their historical mission?