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Bethune-Cookman sweeps PGA Minority

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Bethune-Cookman rallied to win the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Sunday, and the Wildcats took their record 10th women's title on the first hole of a playoff with Texas-Pan American.

``It was a long and a very stressful day out there,'' Bethune-Cookman coach Scooter Clark said. ``But both teams really grinded and I am just thrilled to take home both titles in this incredible tournament. It is really satisfying.''

Ryan Fricker, a freshman from England, shot a 1-under 71 on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course to lead Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats beat second-round leader Texas-Pan American by a stroke in the Division I competition, finishing with a 6-over 294 for a 19-over 883 total.

``We really didn't play well yesterday and almost let the championship slip away,'' Fricker said. ``I was happy to help the team today and it felt good to win this championship in my first appearance. It was really cool.''

Texas-Pan American's Kevin Kirakossian took medalist honors, shooting a 71 to finish at 4-under 212.

In women's Division I, Bethune-Cookman won the playoff after matching Texas-Pan American at 45-over 909. Bethune-Cookman's Andrea Orozco was the women's medalist at 4-over 220.

Alabama State's Robert Grant won the men's independent division. The English player holed out from 133 yards for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff at 5-over 221 and won with a 2-foot birdie putt on the same hole.

``I absolutely pured the shot from 133 yards and saw it hit the flag. Then I saw my teammates go crazy and I knew it was in,'' Grant said. ``And then to hit another great shot in the playoff was just incredible.''

Texas Wesleyan's Alexis Belton won the men's independent division, finishing with a 74 for 7-over 223 total.

``I came into the final round and I just wanted to have fun and try to play my best,'' Belton said. ``It felt great to win and I can't wait to come back and play again next year.''

Lincoln University won its fifth Division II title, and Virginia State's Zach Smith was the division medalist at ever-par 216. Talladega College won its second NAIA division title, and Edward Waters College's Kevin Parker was the division medalist at 6-under 210.

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