On May 11, the male golf team of Lincoln University, an historically black college in Jefferson City, will compete in this year’s PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. The tournament begins May 11 in Port Lucie, Florida.
The goal of the tournament founders was “to provide a national stage for players from minority colleges and universities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.” That said, not all of the golfers at Lincoln are black. Truth be told, none of them are.
Leading the team will be Gabe Towbridge, a white guy from Jefferson City. Five other players have played for the Blue Tigers this year: Deaven Vincent, a white guy from North Carolina; Jordan Barnett, a white guy from Crocker, Missouri; Carson Doerhoff, a white guy from Henley, Missouri; Logan Taylor, a white guy from Holt’s Summit, Missouri; and Brayden Watts, a white guy from Ashland, Missouri.
Winning the PGA Minority Championship will not come easily. The Blue Tigers of Lincoln will have to knock off last year’s championship team, the historically black Bethune-Cookman University from Daytona Beach, Florida. Last year, all the Bethune-Cookman Wildcat golfers were white as well.
Now here is where things get really silly/perverse/unconstitutional: none of the Wildcats or Blue Tigers, no matter how good they are, can compete in the Individual Invitational part of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
The individual competition is limited to participants who are “African-American, Hispanic-American, Middle Eastern/North African, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American.”
In other words, the only people excluded from participating in the individual minority tournament are the 10 or so percent of the world’s people of European descent, save, inexplicably, for those Europeans from the Iberian peninsula. I suspect if these students bring the results from their most recent DNA test and can show an Elizabeth Warren-style drop or two of some “minority” blood, they will be hard to turn away.
The 2017 individual winner was a fellow named Nabeel Khan from the University of Connecticut. Anyone from any university can compete in the individual competition as long as he or she is not of 100 percent European descent.
If anyone thinks they can justify this expensive nonsense, please contact the Sentinel post-haste.