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PGA Minority Collegiate Championship about much more than winning on the golf course

PGA Minority Collegiate Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. (WPEC)

One of the most important and diverse collegiate golf tournaments tees off on Friday at PGA golf club in Port St. Lucie. The PGA of America's Minority Collegiate Championship has proven to be about a lot more than just winning a championship.

Djimon Dixon was born and raised in Augusta Georgia, so his ultimate dream seems fitting.

"I plan on making history ..and win the Masters!!"

But first Dixon hopes to win one of the most culturally significant tournaments played at the collegiate level, a golf tournament that for 32 years has helped change the face of golf.

"It's kind of special because it's not so common that (minorities) play this sport," says Samyra Lewis, from the 6-time Champion Bethune-Cookman women's team. "So to have one tournament with all of us here together, it's pretty good."

"I like the brotherhood of it," says Daryel Morris from the St. Augustine College team. "I like the competition, and coming to new courses."

And while there's no question the competitive juices will be flowing among the competitors as far as the scores are concerned, all of the players seem to agree that the sport, to them, is ultimately about life opportunities. The biggest component of the event, according to organizers, is the business and golf career expo.

"It exposes our student athletes to life after golf," says tournament manager Loritz “Scooter” Clark. "Their passion for golf can continue in their career."

"Golf really opens up a lot of doors," agrees Lewis.

Thanks to the sport of golf, Dixon isn't too worried if he happens to fall short of his ultimate Masters dream.

"I actually just graduated from Paine College with a degree in business and accounting," says Dixon with a smile. "And I've met so many people networking through golf, so (the sport) is definitely important (in my life)."

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