Archives for May 2014

Message from the PGA President on the state of golf in the United States

By john.holmes

One of my favorite Westerns when I was a kid growing up in northern Indiana back in the 1960s was “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” The movie starred Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. It was a great John Ford film and the most famous line of the movie was uttered near the end, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

In the past few weeks, the sport of golf has been bullied around similar to the townsfolk of Shinbone who were victim to Liberty Valance, the gunfighter who was brilliantly portrayed by Lee Marvin. Enough is enough. Golf is not “in a hole” nor is the “golf market stuck in a bunker,” and those inside the sport are addressing the issue of “where are the next golfers?”


As an outdoor sport, golf is dependent on weather. The year 2012 was a banner one for weather, with an average of 288 playable days for golf in the United States. Favorable weather contributed to the highest average rounds played per course since the last recession. Given that 2013 had the fewest days open for golf (268 days) in the past seven years, it was encouraging to see that golfers played more rounds of golf per day open than they had in the previous years. There were a total of 37 states with consistent or increased rounds played per day open in 2013 compared to 2012.

There is no question that the winter of 2014 was one of the worst in U.S. history and it has impacted courses in many ways, most notably a slow developing spring and widespread winter kill affecting turf conditions. These are circumstances beyond the control of course operators and they will no doubt impact rounds played in 2014, but it is not a reflection of the health of the sport. Rounds played are up this spring in areas of the U.S. not affected by the weather.

Growth Segments

According to PGA PerformanceTrak, golf facility operators reported growth in three of four key performance revenue indicators from 2012 to 2013, including golf merchandise sales (up 2.2%); food and beverage revenue (up 2.0%); and total facility revenue (up a modest 0.3%). Despite the recent financial news regarding Dick’s Sporting Goods, green grass facilities have seen increases in merchandise sales.

Through PGA PerformanceTrak, we have documented four consecutive years of same-store sales growth for golf merchandise at green grass facilities, with a 15.5% increase since 2009. Food and Beverage revenue at America’s golf courses follows a similar trend, with four consecutive years of same-store sales growth, for a combined 12.2% increase since 2009.

Growth of the Game

Get Golf Ready offers golfers five lessons for $99. There are currently 4,053 GGR certified facilities across the country. There were nearly 86,000 GGR participants in 2013, which reflects a 13% growth over the previous year. Through this past weekend, we have seen a 10.7% increase in overall GGR consumer registration, which is pretty incredible given the weather in the North.

PGA Junior League is golf’s version of Little League Baseball. It is for boys and girls ages 7-13 and the format is a 9-hole Scramble played in three-hole segments. Players are provided golf shirts with numbers on the back to promote a team concept. There was a 490% growth in PGA Junior League from 2012 (1,500 kids) to 2013 (8,900 kids). In 2014 the numbers have more than doubled (1,500 teams and 18,000 kids) compared to 2013 (740 teams and 8,900 kids).

The Drive, Chip and Putt (DCP) competition was so successful in 2013 that it has been expanded this year from 11 PGA Sections and 19 States to all 41 Sections and 50 States. We are very proud that Lucy Li, the inaugural DCP 10-11 year-old girls division champion, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open last week with scores of 74-68. We expect more success stories from DCP participants.

In the past eight years, The First Tee program doubled its participants compared to its first eight years of existence. Twelve First Tee chapters are hosting Drive, Chip and Putt competitions in 2014. Many First Tee chapters have PGA Junior League teams. It’s unprecedented to see this kind of overlap and structure in junior golf initiatives and speaks to the collaborative efforts of the PGA of America, the United States Golf Association, the PGA TOUR, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and The Masters Foundation.

PGA Growth of the Game Task Force

In addition to the traditional approaches designed to grow the game, the PGA is very excited about the progress of the PGA Growth of the Game Task Force that we launched in March of this year. We have called upon leaders inside and outside of golf to explore ways to grow the game through non-traditional means.

Through annual golf participation studies conducted by the National Golf Foundation we note that 3.5 million to 3.7 million new and former golfers took up the game in each of the last five years. We also note that recent declines in participation have offset gains in our sport. As such, a stagnant industry is clearly not the goal and that is why our Task Force is exploring innovative ways to bring new people into golf.

FootGolf is a phenomenon that combines soccer and golf using a 21-inch hole and a soccer ball. Since January, FootGolf has spread from 25 golf courses in 10 states to nearly 150 courses in 31 states. Since May 3 at my facility, The Legends GC, we have had more FootGolfers on our par-3 course than we have had regular golfers. FootGolf is a way to get new people into golf and expose our sport to those who play soccer, the fastest growing sport in America.

The PGA Task Force has implemented a pilot program in the Midwest utilizing time clocks and a fee structure that charges golfers by the minute rather than by the hole. The intent is to allow consumers with limited recreational budgets to fit golf into their schedules. This is part of our goal to redefine or broaden the golf experience.

We advocate new ideas such as 15-inch holes, which will make the game more fun and enjoyable for new players. The Task Force sees no problem with providing beginning players with equipment that will make the game easier and more inviting. The goal is to allow our PGA teachers to convert the beginners into core golfers. We should find some creative ways to make that transition fun and easier.


The PGA TOUR provides the most visible product in golf each week. The number of hours that the TOUR is broadcast on television increases every year. So far this year, 124 million television viewers have watched the PGA TOUR on television – that number is nearly identical with 2013 even without Tiger Woods playing most of the current season. PGA TOUR sponsorships are at an all-time high. Additionally, the LPGA’s telecast hours are up 15% over last year. And, ratings for their North American tournaments on Golf Channel are up 27% from 2010 to 2013.

Much has been written about Millennial (ages 18-35) participation in the sport. The fact is that today there are 6.3 million Millennials playing more than 100 million rounds of golf. This represents 25% of the golfing population in the U.S. There are more non-Caucasians in this group than there were 20 years ago, demonstrating a greater diversity in golf today.

Golf has a tremendous impact on the nation’s economy. Golf is roughly a $69 billion annual industry responsible for roughly 1.98 million jobs with total wage income of $55.6 billion. Golf has a profound impact on every one of our 50 states and its charitable impact across this nation is by far the greatest in all of sports. A total of $3.9 billion is raised annually through golf for charities. Twelve million people participated in 143,000 golf-related charity events in 2013.

Finally, Golf Channel had its most viewers ever in April of this year and its viewership has set all-time records in the past three years.

We have our legends. They are names like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. And we have our facts. I am not suggesting for even a moment that golf does not have its challenges. We have plenty, including time, diversity and difficulty. Interestingly, 90% of golf played in the U.S. is on public courses at an average of $28 per round, dispelling the notion that golf is unaffordable.

It is time that the facts became the legend … print the facts. Liberty Valance is dead and as the script said, “Nothing’s too good for the man who shot Liberty Valance.”


PGA of America, LPGA, KPMG join forces for KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

By mark.aumann

NEW YORK — KPMG, the PGA of America, and the LPGA on Thursday announced the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the creation of a multi-faceted program focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will continue the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship and will rotate annually among prestigious courses in major metropolitan markets. In its first year, the Championship will be held June 8-14, 2015 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., with a purse among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million. The Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA.

“KPMG is proud to take on this groundbreaking sponsorship and to work with the LPGA, the PGA of America and NBC to inspire today’s and tomorrow’s women leaders,” said John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG. “This collaboration will not only bring women’s golf to new audiences — it also creates opportunities to expand women’s leadership on and off the course, empowering today’s women leaders and cultivating the next-generation of female leaders.”

“This is a landmark moment for the PGA of America as we partner with KPMG and the LPGA to embrace an historic Championship and focus on the advancement of women,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “We look forward to teaming with the LPGA to make the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship the can’t-miss week for female leaders. Together, we believe this Championship – broadcast to millions around the world – will energize new audiences in our collective effort to grow the game.”

The LPGA Championship began in 1955, five years after the birth of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Past champions include legendary players Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field of 156 will include the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, including PGA of America women members if they rank among the eight positions.

“The LPGA Championship has a very proud 60-year tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to carry this forward in an even bigger way with the partnership of KPMG, the PGA of America and NBC. The Championship will now reach even greater levels of global exposure, player opportunities, and community impact,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “This event will change lives – both for the female professionals that will compete in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and for the women it will impact in both the women’s leadership summit and community initiative.”

“With this new partnership between the LPGA, the PGA of America and KPMG, NBC and Golf Channel will be able to raise the profile of this Championship including broadcast coverage of the weekend action on NBC,” said Molly Solomon, Executive Producer for Golf Channel, part of NBC Sports Group. “In addition, we will have a robust lineup of features across our coverage that will showcase the role golf has in the business world, the advancement of professional women and highlights from the women’s leadership summit and community initiative associated with this Championship.”

KPMG will spearhead the women’s leadership summit hosted on-site during Championship week, bringing together top women leaders in business, politics, sports and society to network, learn and give back. KPMG also will manage the ongoing community initiative to provide today’s top women leaders the opportunity to cultivate the next generation of female leaders and equip them with the leadership skills, networks, and confidence through scholarships, training, and internship and mentoring programs.

KPMG, the PGA and the LPGA will create an advisory board of exemplary female leaders to shape the strategic direction of the women’s leadership summit and community initiative.

Here’s what they’re saying:

Phil Mickelson

“I think it’s tremendous that KPMG is stepping up with the PGA of America and the LPGA Tour to create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Women’s golf deserves to have a complement to the men’s PGA Championship and exciting to see this happening for the future of the game. And as a father of two girls, I love KPMG’s focus through the summit and charitable programs on developing the next generation of women leaders.”

Annika Sorenstam (LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member and 3-time winner of the LPGA Championship)

“The majors in our sport are so “big.” They present big challenges, big moments and can have a big impact on the careers of players and the history of the sport. This new partnership between the LPGA, PGA of America and KPMG is “big” in every way. The women on Tour are being given a special gift in the form of huge prize money, greater exposure and a bigger career impact. And just as exciting for me is KPMG’s focus on making sure this major also creates “big moments” for women outside of the game as well, especially in business. I am very happy for everyone involved!”

Nancy Lopez (LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member and 3-time winner of the LPGA Championship)

“I am so excited to see the LPGA Championship take another huge leap forward! For me, it has always been a special event that every player strives to win. But now, with the addition of network television, the awesome jump in prize money, and the rotation of world-class venues-plus the opportunity to impact women in golf and in business-this is big time! I am so proud for all the women on the LPGA. From the start, this major has always relied on the support and belief of corporate sponsors. Companies like Mazda, McDonalds and Wegmans have been there for us in supporting the women’s game and we can’t thank them enough for the foundation they have built.”

Karrie Webb (LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member, LPGA Board of Directors Member and 2001 winner of the LPGA Championship)

“As someone who loves the tradition of the game, it will be tough to see the name change away from “LPGA Championship”, but it’s comforting that the traditions, legacy, and opportunities for our members will still remain. For younger players on Tour, they can be confident that this tremendous Championship will continue for decades to come, and be bigger and better than ever before.”

Dottie Pepper (17-time LPGA winner and PGA of America Board Member)

“In my unique position as an LPGA member and former Tour player who has now joined the PGA of America as a Board Member, I can see the great strides that have been made bringing these two organizations together for this Championship. Each of them is committed to growing the game and growing career opportunities for women. It is very satisfying to know that one of the greatest events in women’s golf will now coincide with one of the greatest women’s business forums. I’m proud and honored to have witnessed the development of this partnership and I have no doubt that there will be significant impacts on the lives of women, both on and off the golf course.”


National Golf Day showcases sport before Capitol Hill lawmakers

By mark.aumann



Members of the WE ARE GOLF coalition stand on the steps of Capitol Hill after a day-long meeting with members of Congress to discuss golf’s impact on the economy and health of the nation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the seventh annual National Golf Day to showcase golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.

Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s almost 15,000 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million people and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories.

“As a lifelong golfer, I’ve been pleased to participate in National Golf Day with the good folks at WE ARE GOLF on their visit here to Capitol Hill today,” said Senator Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). “Golf is a great game, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss expanding diversity in all aspects of the game.”

Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with live lessons for Members of Congress and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest utilizing an about Golf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; and a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge.”

“Today, we stood together in D.C. to represent the two million men and women whose livelihood depends on the golf industry,” said Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Our unified voice helps Congressional Members better understand the profound influence golf has on the American economy.”

Visit WE ARE GOLF’s social media hub. Through May 31, be sure to use #NGD14 and tag @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.


Michigan PGA Professionals Take Part in LaFontaine Cadillac Outing

  HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Several Michigan PGA golf professionals joined LaFontaine Cadillac VIPs in an outing Tuesday at Prestwick Village Golf Club, which in three weeks will host the 2014 Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac.

  A PGA professional played in each group of the outing, and Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, the defending Michigan Open champion who last year was the first amateur to win the state title since 1975, also played with a group.

  “It’s a great facility and I’m looking forward to defending my championship,” Werkmeister said of the June 9-12 championship that will feature the top qualifying professional and amateur golfers who are Michigan residents.

   “I have family that lives almost directly across the street from here, so that will make it extra special, too.

  LaFontaine Cadillac is one of 18 LaFontaine Automotive Group franchises in nine locations across southeast Michigan, and will present the 2014 champion with a one-year lease on a new Cadillac ATS.

 Prestwick, located just north of Milford and featuring a Ron Garl-designed championship course, will host the 2014 and 2015 Michigan Open championships.

  “We’re excited  to have Prestwick Village Golf Club as the new host site for the 2014 Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac and we think it will prove to be an excellent test and provide a great championship atmosphere,” said Justin Phillips, the Michigan’s PGA’s director of tournament operations.

  “We’re also excited to have a new partner in LaFontaine Cadillac as the presenting sponsor and we look forward to the new relationship and their active role in this championship.”

  The Michigan Open, which will be played for the 97th time in 2014, is one of the state’s longest-running sports events. It was first played in 1916.

    Presenting sponsor LaFontaine Cadillac, located at 4000 West Highland Road in Highland Township, features the famous “LaFontaine Family Deal,” which offers its customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle. It also offers the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family since the company founding in 1980.

  “LaFontaine Cadillac is proud to support our neighbor and partner Prestwick Village Golf Club in hosting the Michigan Open Championship,” said Kelley LaFontaine, owner and marketing manager. “We look forward to being part of the excitement generated by a championship featuring the best golfers in Michigan.”

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Membership Gift

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently received custom Michigan PGA Junior Tour head covers provided by Winston Collection. All registered junior tour members will receive a head cover at your first scheduled tournament of the season. If you are currently not a registered member CLICK HERE and sign up today!

New members will receive a welcome packet soon after registering. Included in the packet will be your welcome letter, the 2014 Michigan PGA Junior Tour brochure, and your personalized junior tour bag tag.

Junior Tour Head Covers

Member Head Cover


Membership Welcome Packet




AJGA Performance Stars

Once again, the Michigan PGA Junior Tour has partnered with the American Junior Golf Association, in which AJGA Performance Stars will be awarded to the winners at specific MPGA Junior Tour events. Earning Performance Stars will help establish your Performance Based Entry Status, and will assist in gaining entry into AJGA Open and Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star tournaments. Click on the link below to view these specific MPGA tournaments, and earn your stars!

*Fields need at least 40 boys (16-18), 20 boys (13-15), 12 girls (16-18), or 6 girls (13-15) in order to receive PBE status. Additionally for the Tour Championship if we have 55+ Boys (16-18) or 18+ Girls, the AJGA will recognize the top 10% of the field with 1 Performance Star.

AJGA Performance Based Entry Events

PGA Fashion & Demo Experience launches in Las Vegas in August 2014

By john.holmes

The Venetian

“The new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience offers a modern, sophisticated marketplace where PGA Professionals and industry executives will have valuable access to the newest golf innovations, fashions and expert instruction,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions will launch an all-new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience (formerly the PGA Expo), August 18-20, 2014, exclusively for golf industry professionals and golf lifestyle apparel retailers at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and Cascata Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.

The new upscale fashion merchandising, product testing and professional education event will build upon the former event’s most successful programming and offer new and improved business and retail connections.

“The new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience offers a modern, sophisticated marketplace where PGA Professionals and industry executives will have valuable access to the newest golf innovations, fashions and expert instruction,” said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. “Additionally, Cascata Golf Club will be a spectacular host facility for the day-long schedule of new golf programs during the PGA Demo Experience.”

“The new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience has been created to offer a unique and impactful three-day industry experience,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President Ed Several. “An all-new upscale environment offers a premier setting for uncovering the newest trends and innovations for golf apparel and equipment. The new schedule of events builds on popular programming, plus adds new opportunities to build business, and foster industry connections.”

The new format is organized into a three-day event beginning on Monday, Aug. 18, with the PGA Demo Experience at the renowned Cascata Golf Club. At 9:00 a.m., the inaugural PGA Demo Experience Invitational Pro-Pro Tournament, featuring a purse of $25,000, will be offered for influential PGA business professionals. The tournament will be followed at 3:00 p.m. by the new PGA Demo Experience which will offer a full range of new equipment testing, a golf vendor village, an indoor golf product display in the Cascata Ballroom, two outdoor short-game instruction workshops, celebrity appearances, contests and prizes, and a networking reception throughout the facility and grounds through 9:00 p.m. Complimentary transportation to and from The Venetian will be provided to all event attendees during the day and evening.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 19-20, the hottest fashion trends and newest collections will be showcased during the new PGA Fashion Experience, exclusively displaying golf fashion and accessories merchandise for attending PGA Professionals and buyers. The PGA Fashion Experience, co-located with multiple fashion trade shows at The Venetian during Las Vegas Fashion Week, is moving to a new ballroom with a fresh, contemporary show floor tailored to the golf lifestyle apparel and accessories market. Vendors will have access to move-in ready, elegant and stylish displays that will surround a central networking lounge.

The PGA Fashion Experience will open each day at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday evening, Aug. 19, at 5:00 p.m., the networking lounge will be transformed for a special evening affair as industry guests are invited to the “Runway to Fairway Fashion Show,” a special presentation of the latest golf lifestyle collections by the industry’s top designers, immediately followed by the event’s popular Industry Networking Reception. The Industry Networking Reception is open to all registered event attendees and will feature complimentary beverages and appetizers in a social, lively atmosphere on the show floor.

A full day of appointments, product discovery and special events also will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20, with the PGA Fashion Experience concluding at 4:00 p.m.

The PGA Education Conference for advancements in merchandising, business strategies and golf instruction will be offered Aug. 18-20 in classroom environments of The Venetian and presented by sought-after, subject-matter experts. Certification programs, instruction workshops and seminars will provide PGA Professionals with access to more than 20 MSR education credits. Education conference speakers, course descriptions, schedules and registration will be available shortly. In addition to the paid conference, complimentary merchandising panel presentations will be offered each day on the show floor.

While the PGA Fashion Experience show floor is an exclusive showcase for apparel and accessories, a limited number of golf equipment and technology companies will follow their PGA Demo Experience interaction by hosting PGA Professionals and buyers in private Venetian meeting space.


Michigan PGA Wins the 2014 Fuller Cup

Lansing, MI – The Michigan PGA Team was able to hold on after the morning 4-2 lead in the four-ball matches to win 6 of the 12 afternoon singles matches and defeat the Golf Association of Michigan 10 1/2 to 7 1/2 in the playing of the 42nd Fuller Cup at the Country Club of Lansing.

Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club clinched the cup by defeating Greg Davies 5 & 3 in the second to the last match of the day. Other winners in the afternoon singles included Tom Harding, John Seltzer, Brian Cairns, Josh Fryer and Dave Kendall. Lee also teamed up with Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center in the morning four-ball matches to secure 2 points giving the Michigan PGA Team the lead heading in to the afternoon.    

The other  Michigan PGA teams to win in the morning four ball matches were Dave Kendall & Scott Hebert, David Tokarsky & Shaun Bezilla and Josh Fryer & Kyle Martin.

Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

For Final Results click HERE

The Michigan PGA retains the cup after defeating the GAM last year at Eagle Eye Golf Club. It now leads the series 33-7-1

The 42nd playing of the Fuller Cup is took place today at the Country Club of Lansing as the top 12 amateurs from the Golf Association of Michigan took on the top 12 PGA Professionals from the Michigan Section. We would like to thank John Lindert ,the host PGA Professional and all of his staff for hosting the event. We would also like to thank Bobby Jones for suppyling all of the uniforms for the event today.

The GAM team is selected through the use of the GAM Honor Roll  and the Michigan PGA selects its teams via its Player of the Year Points list.

2014 GAM Team

GAM Team

The 2014 GAM Team included Brad Bastion of Clinton Township, Nathan Clark of Mason, 2013 Michigan Open champion Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, Erik Schleicher of Grosse Pointe Shores, 2013 Michigan Amateur champion Andrew Chapman of Traverse City, 2013 GAM Champion Scott Strickland of Birmingham, Jeff Champine of Rochester Hills, Casey Baker of Ann Arbor, Ryan Johnson of New Boston, Evan Bowser of Dearborn, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield and Anthony Sorentino of Rochester Hills.

  The 2014 Michigan PGA Team included Frank McAuliffe and Tom Harding of the Kendall Golf Academy in Ypsilanti, Scott Hebert of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Dave Kendall of the Kendall Golf Academy, Shaun Bezilla of Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs, David Tokarsky of Saginaw Country Club, Brent Goulding of Prestwick Village in Highland Township, John Seltzer of Oak Pointe Country Club, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club in Franklin, Kyle Martin of The Lochmoor Club, Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage Golf Club in Cedar, and 2013 Michigan PGA Champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth.

For the Fuller Cup History and Results click HERE

New World Golf Hall of Fame exhibit honors African-Americans in golf

By john.holmes

Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf

Courtesy of the World Golf Hall of Fame

The “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf” exhibit spotlights not just great players, but great people who broke through barriers and did so with determination and dignity.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum officially opened “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf” on Friday with a ceremony including Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and LPGA pioneer Renee Powell, along with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Developed with the support of the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA, this permanent exhibition contains rare photographs, audio, video and memorabilia to highlight the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf starting with pioneers from the late 1800s through today’s game.

“I’m happy that golf fans from around the world can come to the Hall of Fame and learn about the amazing stories of African-Americans in golf,” said Sifford, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. “It is gratifying to see so many within the golf industry come together with the Hall of Fame to make this exhibition a reality.”

Sifford’s PGA Player Card from 1960, the document that officially broke golf’s color barrier, is one of many items on display, along with others from 1985 Players champion Calvin Peete, boxing legend Joe Louis and tennis great Althea Gibson. Tablet technology featuring profiles of prominent African-Americans in golf along with an interactive, touch-screen video display make this one of the Hall of Fame’s most advanced exhibits. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original sculpture, “The DNA of the Golf Swing,” designed by renowned sculptor Mario Chiodo and features 13 African-American golf legends.

“The PGA of America is proud to contribute to this important exhibition at the World Golf Hall of Fame which honors individuals, including PGA members, who paved a brave trail to ensure racial equity in golf,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “Their stories should forever be remembered, as the rights they stood up for remain a noble cause. From those that opened the door for all to enjoy the game to golfers today who honor this tradition by playing at the highest level, we pay tribute to the legacies African-Americans have made to further golf and foster equality.”

“It certainly is fitting that such a meaningful exhibit for our sport is opening 50 years to the week that Pete Brown etched his name in golf history by becoming the first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament,” said Finchem. “We should never lose sight of these poignant stories of overcoming significant challenges to make a lasting impact on golf, and the PGA Tour is proud to collaborate with the other golf organizations to help tell this important story.”

“This exhibit honors not just great players, but great people who broke through barriers and did so with determination and dignity,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “The USGA is proud to collaborate with the PGA of America and PGA Tour on this wonderful addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame. It demonstrates that the golf community is stronger when we work together to celebrate the game’s history.”

Best-selling author Pete McDaniel served as the lead writer on the project. McDaniel is the author of the acclaimed book “Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf” and co-wrote and co-produced the documentary “Uneven Fairways.” He is a member of both the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and National Black Golf Hall of Fame.

Chiodo, renowned for his compelling sculptures based on history and social justice, created the centerpiece sculpture. Chiodo has designed monuments throughout the United States, including the Harriet Tubman/Thomas Garrett Memorial in Wilmington, Del., the Contrabands Freedman’s Memorial in Alexandria, Va., and “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity” in Oakland, Calif., the largest human rights monument in the Western United States.

“It is an honor to open this unique exhibition, which is both part of the Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission to preserve the history of golf and a celebration of what can be accomplished with force of will and a love of the game,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We would like to thank the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA, as well as Pete McDaniel, Mario Chiodo and the African-Americans in the game who worked tirelessly to help create this exhibition.”


2014 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship

By john.holmes

Bethune-Cookman men's and women's teams

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

The Bethune-Cookman men’s and women’s teams both triumphed in 2013.



Dates: May 9-11, 2013



Bethune-Cookman University hopes to repeat its men’s and women’s team championships from a year ago, while Alabama State’s Robert Grant is looking to script an encore to his exciting men’s individual championship finish as five of the six teams and individual champions from 2013 will return this year to provide another dramatic chapter in this unique competition.
Notebook: Pioneer Renee Powell to speak at Welcome Dinner


Contestants must be students of a university or college, and who have met all the academic requirements of their respective institution governing participation in intercollegiate athletics.


Celebrating its 28th year, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship originated in November 1986 and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.

The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane, Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders’ goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority schools after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.

The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.

In 1990, a Career Fair was introduced to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.