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PGA Tour, United Airlines partners to help HBCU golf programs

The PGA Tour and United Airlines are partnering to help more than 50 golf programs at historically black colleges and universities.

The new initiative will see more than half a million dollars in travel credits given to 51 golf teams – $10,000 per program – to fund tournament travel and recruitment efforts for more than 250 student-athletes and coaches . The donation is part of the PGA Tour and United’s commitment to diversify and grow the sport.

“Removing the barriers preventing HBCU students from having the same opportunities as other college athletes will open the door for countless young black golfers to pursue their dreams and for HBCU golf programs to develop to their full potential,” said said United chairman Brett Hart. “United is committed to advancing inclusion and racial equity and that starts with meaningful investments in mentorship and scholarship in the communities we serve.”

United is the first sponsor to support the Tour’s HBCU grant scheme, which was established last year to help offset the financial burdens many HBCUs face. In addition to travel credits, HBCU golfers will have access to mentoring and career coaching from United employees. There will also be a digital series with influencer Roger Steele and select PGA Tour pros that will help promote HBCU golf.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, I would like to express my gratitude to longtime partner United Airlines for their support of the HBCU golf programs and the many collegiate golfers who will benefit from them in the future,” said the PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan. “We are committed to helping diversify the landscape of competitive golf and this collaboration between United Airlines and these colleges and universities will be an important step towards leveling the playing field and improving the student experience. -athletes along the way.


HBCU golf programs will receive travel grants


Coaches and players said the grants will allow their teams to participate in more tournaments. Typically, most of them drive to events, which limits where they can play and costs student-athletes more time away from school.

“This year, the United Airlines grant will have a huge impact on our program’s ability to travel,” said Winston-Salem State head coach Charles Penny II, who returned after a 10-year hiatus last fall. . “This now allows our program to consider more tournaments to play in the fall. Specifically, last fall we were only able to play one tournament due to the limitations of our travel budget. This fall, we could add almost four.

Christyn Carr, golfer with North Carolina A&T, added, “We are very grateful and delighted to have the support of United Airlines to ensure an excellent and safe trip to our tournaments. It gives us the freedom to compete in different states where we haven’t been able to go before, and it allows us to have more time on the course than on the road. I look forward to reaching new heights this semester, not only in our game but also in our travels.

ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS

MEN’S GOLF

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Morehouse College
  • Alabama State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bishop State Community College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Bluefield State College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Chicago State University
  • St. Augustine University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Talladega College
  • Fisk University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • University of Southern Texas
  • Howard University
  • University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Virginia State University
  • Kentucky State University
  • University of Virginia Union
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • West Virginia State University
  • Lincoln University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Livingstone College
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Miles College

WOMEN’S GOLF

  • Alabama State University
  • Lincoln University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bishop State Community College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Bluefield State College
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Chicago State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Delaware State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Fisk University
  • University of Southern Texas
  • Howard University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Wilberforce University