For the second year in a row, the Howard University Men's golf team won the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, reports PGA.com. In only its third year of existence, the Bison men displayed pure dominance on the green winning by an incredible 57 strokes.
Senior Everett Whiten Jr. won the tournament with a 14-under par (201) performance. In the last round, he shot eight-under-par (64) with eight birdies and no bogeys.
“It’s been good vibes all week, and I knew the course was getable if I just stayed patient,” Whiten said. “I’m so proud of my guys. It’s been a long year, but we came here knowing what we had to do and trusted the process.”
Gregory Odom Jr., a senior and a two-time PWCC Champion came in second place after shooting five-under-par (210) in three rounds.
Head Coach Samuel G. Puryear expressed his excitement about the strong showing of the Bison men.
“I feel like if you prepare properly and you execute by trusting the process, things like this can happen,” Puryear said. “This is a byproduct of a lot of hard work, a lot of personal belief, and a lot of sacrifice. We had a quick two-day turnaround from our conference championship, so there was a lot on everybody’s plate, but it worked out in our favor.”
"They have no idea how poorly underfunded we were 30-some years ago. But to see a group of brown kids do what they've done, and the belief system that they've established, it's fantastic right now," he added.
2023 has been a banner year in sports for the renowned HBCU. The Men's swim and diving team won its first conference title in 34 years, and the Men's basketball team played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 31 years.