Coming off last spring’s Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men’s golf team has continued to excel this fall, and the Golden Lions’ efforts are being recognized.
UAPB announced Wednesday a PGA Tour Entertainment film crew visited campus to document the Golden Lions’ story. UAPB has also been invited to a two-day development camp Feb. 14-15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and the Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational March 24-26 at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.
“This invitation is a testament to their dedication and hard work,” UAPB golf coach Roger Totten said. “We are thrilled to see them get this opportunity to showcase their skills and bring pride to our university.” The PGA Tour Entertainment film crew will air their segment on UAPB during the Bridgestone PGA Tour. It will feature a look at campus life, the student academic experience, athletic facilities and practice.
These honors come after not only winning the school’s first SWAC title in the spring but also winning two fall tournaments.
First, the Golden Lions won the inaugural Bridgestone HBCU Invitational at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. UAPB finished 17-over in 36 holes, beating out Florida A&M, Alabama State, North Carolina Central, Tennessee State, Chicago State and Prairie View A&M.
UAPB followed that victory by winning its second-straight SWAC Fall Invitational days later at the Oxmoor Valley RTJ Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama.
Th e G o l d e n L i o n s earned the trips to the two-day development camp and the Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational by winning the HBCU Invitational this fall. The Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational will feature “top-level NCAA Division I men’s golf programs, HBCU schools, and high-ranking individual golfers from underrepresented communities in golf,” according to a release from UAPB.
UAPB is scheduled to begin its spring 2024 season two days after the Florida development camp at the Alabama State Spring Classic in Prattville, Ala., Feb. 17-19.