PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --- UConn golfer Nabeel Khan (Westerville, Ohio) has won the individual Division I championship at the 2018 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, successfully defending the title he won last year.
The UConn rising senior captured his second straight crown in the event at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., dominating the 25-player field to win by 12 strokes. The 54-hole event concluded Sunday.
Khan was the lone player in the tournament to finish under par, shooting back-to-back, 2-under par 70s in the final two rounds to finish at 1-under par 75-70-70=215. Siyan Liu of Palm Beach Atlantic University and Joseph Stills of the University of West Florida tied for second place, each with an 11-over par 227. Liu also finished second to Khan in last year's Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
Khan was in second place after Friday's first round, trailing Isaiah Shaw of Fayettevlle State by two strokes and he was also in second place following Saturday's second round, but just one stroke behind Devery Stewart of Corban University.
Because of the threat of showers for Sunday, tournament officials decided to play nine extra holes on Saturday and by the time Khan had completed 45 holes, he had a two-stroke advantage. Playing Sunday's final nine, Khan birdied three of the first five holes to all but wrap up the victory. His 2-under 34 on the final nine was easily good enough to secure the win.
Khan, a co-captain of the UConn team in 2017-18, played in all 12 events on the Huskies' schedule, averaging 73.7 for 35 rounds. He shot par or better in 12 rounds and had two Top 10 finishes.
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.
The men's and women's teams of Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, Fla.) captured the team titles of the tourney, while Linda Wong of St. John's University was the individual women's champion.
This year marks the 32nd year of the Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. Participants must be in one of the following ethnic origins: African-American, Hispanic-American, Middle Eastern/North African, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American.
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