The PGA of America is hosting one of the more culturally significant tournaments played at the collegiate level. The 31st annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship has now become more competitive than ever.
"I used to grow up watching this tournament," says Dante Davis of the defending champions Bethune Cookman University. "Now to have the opportunity to play in it, and to defend the Championship is a great honor."
And as the defending men's and women's team champions from Bethune Cookman prepare for a battle on the golf course, the competition itself is just part of what the tournament is all about.
"I see more people like me here playing," says Cameron Riley of the FAMU golf team. "Golf is really a white dominated sport, so when you see minorities playing it makes you feel more at home and welcome."
It's uniquely amazing for Abhinav Walia, the first ever collegiate golfer from Zambia, a small country in Central Africa.
"When my parents introduced me to golf," reflects Walia. "I think it really helped me with my discipline, integrity and etiquette. Hopefully I can bring more kids from Zambia, and push them towards golf."
And as the participants aim to inspire the next generation of golfers, they are also inspired by the friendships and connections it's created for them.
"It's definitely given me a lot of opportunities across the World," says Shamiso Hatchard from Bethune Cookman. "And throughout my life so far."
"(It's great( trying to show people that there are other ways to get an education," adds Walia. "I'm passionate enough, I'm determined enough and I'm motivated enough to follow these dreams and see them through."