May 7, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Third-year Michigan State women's golfer Mackenzie Johnson will participate in this week's PGA Minority Golf Collegiate Championship held May 9-11 (Friday-Sunday) at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Celebrating its 28th year, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship originated in November 1986 and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.
Contestants must be students of a university or college, and who have met all the academic requirements of their respective institution governing participation in intercollegiate athletics.
Johnson redshirted her first season at MSU in 2011-12 and has played in the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing the past two seasons. She has competed in the Michigan Women's Amateur, the Michigan PGA Women's Open and the GAM (Golf Association of Michigan) Championship the last two summers.
Johnson, an environmental engineering major, owns a 3.68 grade-point average.
A native of East Lansing, Johnson was a two-time Division 4 all-state selection (2009, 2010) while playing at Lansing Catholic Central. She helped lead the Cougars to the state title as a senior by placing eighth at the Michigan Lower Peninsula Division 4 Finals. A four-time all-league (CAAC-White) honoree, Johnson was named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team in 2009 and 2010.
ABOUT THE PGA MINORITY GOLF COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane, Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders' goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority schools after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.
The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.
In 1990, a Career Fair was introduced to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.