PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --- UConn sophomore Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) shot a 3-under par 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Khan’s round on Saturday, which included three birdies on his first four holes, combined with his 1-under 71 in Friday’s first round to give him a 4-under 140, three strokes ahead of defending champion Siyan Liu (74-69=143) of Palm Beach Atlantic University. The men’s individual championship includes a field of 25 players.
“I started off really well,” Khan said after Saturday’s round. “It was a confidence-builder for sure. You can make birdies anywhere in the round, but to get off to a strong start really got me going steady.”
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship is a 54-hole, stroke-play championship consisting of four team divisions – NCAA Men’s Division I, Men’s Division II, Men’s NAIA, and an overall Women’s Division. In addition, there is an Individual Invitational competition for minority men and women players who are listed on the roster of their college team.
This year marks the 31st year of the Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. Participants must be in one of the ethnic origins listed: African-American, Hispanic-American, Middle Eastern/North African, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American. On July 5, 2017, the Golf Channel will air a one-hour recap program, highlighting the championship and its participants.
Khan competed in all 11 events on UConn’s schedule in 2016-17 and finished as the Huskies’ third-leading scorer with a 73.2 per round average. He had three Top 10 and four Top 20 finishes, had a season-best finish of fifth place twice, and shot 12 rounds of par or better.