Monthly Archives: May 2019

Hampton Pirate, Jakari Harris, Named George A. Christenberry Award Recipient

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Big South Conference announced today that Hampton University women’s golf team member Jakari Harris today as one of 10 recipients of the George A. Christenberry Award.  It is the most prestigious academic honor by the conference

The award is given to the male and female student-athlete who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers.

Harris, a computer science major, carries a 4.06 grade point average, had her best three-round event at the recently completed Big South Championships with a 250 total and a season best round of 79.  She leads the team in scoring average at 83.

“I am so proud of Jakari Harris for being Hampton’s first Christenberry Award winner,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.   “These awards are very special in the conference and to have her earn one in our first season shows the type of student-athlete we aim for at Hampton University.”

“I would also like to extend my congratulations to Jakari Harris for being Hampton’s first George A. Christenberry Award winner,” said Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost for Hampton University.  “Earning this prestigious award from the conference reinforces the “Standard of Excellence” that has been a motto of Hampton University forever.”

Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award.  The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference.  A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the league’s first President from 1983-86.

The award will be presented to Harris at the Spring Meetings on May 30 in Hilton Head, S.C.

Tiger Woods updates: PGA Championship


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods is back. Wednesday’s opening round of the PGA Championship was his first competitive round since his memorable victory at the Masters.

Woods said he feels “rested and ready” after taking four weeks to enjoy his first major victory in more than a decade. He’ll need all the energy he can muster to tackle a big and brawny Black Course at Bethpage State Park. The 7,459-yard layout is playing even longer because of cold, wet conditions. Penal rough will make finding fairways even more important, especially with so many elevated greens.

Woods is playing the first two rounds with Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka, a group that features the past three major winners. They’re accustomed to facing each other in golf’s Grand Slam events. Koepka and Molinari finished second to Woods at the Masters. It was Koepka who held off Woods at last year’s PGA, and Molinari played alongside Woods en route to victory at The Open.

This may be a new date and new site for the PGA Championship, but it is familiar territory for Woods. He won the 2002 U.S. Open here. That’s the only year he won the first two majors of the year. Once again, he’s trying to start the season with major wins at Augusta National and Bethpage Black.

History may be on his side. The last time the PGA was played in May, the winner was the same man who’d won the Masters a month earlier. That was Sam Snead in 1949. Woods can tie Snead’s record for PGA TOUR victories (82) this week. He’s also seeking his 16th major championship.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: It will be a tough start to the PGA Championship’s first round for Tiger Woods, who is back at Bethpage after not coming to the course on Wednesday. He tees off on No. 10 today. Bethpage Black’s back nine does not offer a friendly welcome. Two of the first three holes are par-4s longer than 500 yards. The first 10 players on No. 10 were a combined 8 over par. Max Homa was the only player to birdie the hole. Early in the first round, players are nearly 2 over par on Nos. 10-12. The driver will be an important club this week – hitting fairways will be a must because of the thick rough and elevated greens – and Woods will be forced to use it early and often Thursday.


USGA Launches U.S. Women’s Open App powered by Cisco

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.- May 15, 2019) – The United States Golf Association (USGA)  launched the official U.S. Women’s Open app, powered by Cisco, to provide fans with an immersive mobile experience for the 74th Championship at Country Club of Charleston, from May 30 – June 2.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, the U.S. Women’s Open app is the first stand-alone mobile platform for a women’s golf major. Sports enthusiasts around the world can access real-time scores, live streaming video, stats, news and highlights of their favorite players via the event app.

To download and explore the app, please click here.

“At the U.S. Women’s Open, fan experience continues to be one of our primary initiatives and we are excited to launch a comprehensive mobile app to offer our fans instant access to information and unique experiences at the course and off,” says Navin Singh, USGA chief commercial officer. “In partnership with Cisco, the U.S. Women’s Open app is set to transform how we allow fans to engage with the world’s premier women’s golf championship.”

For fans on site in Charleston, the app also features on-site player tracking, which allows spectators to locate their favorite competitors on the course and practice areas, as well as an on-course map that highlights amenities and fan activations.  Fans will never miss a moment of action via app notifications that will alert fans to player autograph signings, special events and promotions, and more. As the Official Technology Partner of the USGA and its championships, Cisco will provide the Wi-Fi network on-site and deliver secure, enhanced connectivity in fan areas and grandstands, so spectators can engage and share throughout the event.

Additional features of the app that will help bring fan offsite a piece of the action include live streaming video coverage, scorecard highlights, news, photos, videos and social media updates from the Country Club of Charleston.

Limited Championship and Palmetto Pavilion tickets are still available at

For additional 2019 Women’s Open information, visit

Pure Silk Championship Will Be Presented by Visit Williamsburg This May at Kingsmill Resort

(Williamsburg, Va.) – The Pure Silk Championship is excited to announce the addition of a new presenting partner, Visit Williamsburg, as they prepare for the prestigious LPGA tournament at Kingsmill Resort, May 20-26. As Greater Williamsburg’s official tourism department, Visit Williamsburg is proud to support women’s professional golf with this partnership as it is succinct with their mission statement of strengthening community through tourism through increased awareness, affordability, accessibility and attractiveness. Annually this renowned tournament brings fans, players, volunteers and businesses together and helps put Williamsburg, Virginia on both a national and international stage.

The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg will showcase top women golfers from around the world as they compete for a $1.3 million purse in a 72‐hole stroke play tournament. This week-long event draws fans globally and will take place on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course, a 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye-designed layout, which has boasted a combined 36 LPGA and PGA victories from elite players. It has long been a player favorite, given the wonderful support of the community, the incredible volunteers and exquisitely manicured River Course.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Visit Williamsburg to continue to build community among our historic triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown,” Kingsmill Resort Chief Operating Officer, John Hilker said. “This first-class community event draws visitors both nationally and internationally to experience the entertainment, dining, sports and shopping we provide throughout the area.”

For more information on the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg, resort accommodations, hospitality packages and tickets visit 

Hampton Mens Golf Finished Fifth At PGA Championship

Port St. Lucie, Fl. – The Hampton men’s golf team concluded their season over the weekend with a fifth-place finish in the PGA Work Collegiate Championships hosted by the PGA of America at the PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker course in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Bethune-Cookman won the event after rounds of 300-290 for a 590 total to squeak out a four-stroke victory over FAMU who shot 300-294 for a 594. Tennessee State finished third with a total of 597, while Savannah State placed fourth with a total of 610. Men’s Division I was the only score to be shortened by the rain.

Arriek Douglas tied for 18th as he shot a total of 153 with rounds of 76-77.

Everett Whitten, Jr., shot rounds of 72-81 for a total 153 total and finished tied for 18th.

Jairus Gaines shot rounds of 80-79 for a total of 159 to place 27th overall.

Jordan Samuels finished 35th  after rounds of 87-78 for a 165 total.

Mateo Manzanares placed 50th after scoring rounds of 89-76 and a WD for his total.

For more information on Hampton University men’s golf, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at