Farmers® is the first sponsor that the BCGCA has announced specifically for HBCU golf events. Tournaments Farmers will support include:
- 23-26 September 2021: BCGCA Hall of Fame Classic presented by Farmers Insurance®, Newnan, Georgia, Summer Grove Golf Club
- 23-26 October 2021: BCGCA Black College Classic presented by Farmers Insurance®, Gulf Coast, AL, Peninsula club
- 13.-15. March 2022: BCGCA HBCU Invitational presented by Farmers Insurance ®, Houston, Texas, Sterling Country Club
- April 2022 (TBA exact dates): BCGCA National Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship, presented by Farmers Insurance®, Atlanta, GA, Callaway Gardens
In addition to sponsoring BCGCA tournaments, Farmers Insurance plans to provide BCGCA players with access to available coaching, internship and other resources to further support their career development and aspirations.
“We hope that working with the BCGCA can help fuel our efforts to promote diversity in the game and provide opportunities for players to grow through their college experience,” said Jenny Howell head for brand and consumer marketing for farmers insurance. “Providing players at HBCUs with access to professional development, career fairs and networking opportunities and golf training facilities can help these college and amateur athletes pursue careers in golf on and off the course. We look forward to working with the BCGCA and its Players to help more HBCU golfers realize their dream of playing golf professionally. “
“Farmers Insurance has shown tremendous support in further diversifying golf through its efforts on the APGA Tour and beyond,” said BCGCA President Craig Bowen. “Supporting these four events will not only give HBCU programs and players additional opportunities to compete and refine their game, but will also show the rest of the corporate community that they can make a difference. This is a pivotal moment for Golf at HBCUs and with organizations like Farmers taking the lead I really believe we can make a difference in this great sport. “
Farmers has a proud history of promoting diversity in golf. The national insurance group has the APGA TOUR events and the organization’s athletes, sponsored players such as Kamaiu Johnson and Willie Mack III, hosted the first-ever APGA event at a PGA TOUR tournament at the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open® and gave Mack a sponsorship waiver for the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open.
Several APGA Tour players recently shared their thoughts on why HBCUs and the support Farmers offers the BCGCA are so important to the growth of diversity in the game.
“I wanted to be there State of Michigan and I wanted to go somewhere where the culture fits and where I can start and help others to follow in my footsteps, “said Willie Mack III, youngest winner of the APGA Tour Championship and 11-time tournament winner Bethune Kochmann. If I hopefully get the PGA TOUR full time, it will show other kids like me that it is possible. Many HBCUs don’t have a place to practice or play every day. When they can play on better courses and have better facilities, golf clubs and bring some elements of bigger schools together, it will make a world of difference. The school I played for no longer has a golf program for men. I just hope they can resume golf as a program and things are going in the right direction Such support from Farmers is a big step and hopefully more companies will join in to support golf at HBCUs. “
“I wanted to have a college experience with children who were mostly African American and Florida A&M assuming for me, “said Mulbe Dillard, who recently led the first APGA Collegiate Ranking.” The support of HBCUs from farmers is tremendous and we need more businesses and support to raise the level of our facilities and resources. Larger schools have resources, facilities, and equipment to better prepare their players for success. I think the biggest difference is that other schools play and practice on courses and conditions that prepare them for what they are going to face in a tournament, while many HBCUs just don’t. Right now it’s difficult to find African American kids to compete. The more support HBCUs receive, the better the facilities can be, the better the path for HBCU athletes into professional golf, and the better these coaches can be recruited. ”
“It was very special to be able to play college golf with other black golfers who were on the same level as me with the same dreams. It was really an eye opener, “said Alabama A&M Rovonta Young graduate. “Everyone pushes each other. Everyone is there for the same reason. The commitment of the farmers is great. Since Farmers supports a lot of events, opportunities will open up. Many black players do not have the same opportunities to develop early.” Age, so it is important to have HBCUs as a way to progress and reach the next level to increase the variety in the game. Funding is a problem. These guys need access to world class golf courses. In the summer, after the season, they have US Am qualifiers, US Open qualifiers, and state opens, and the caliber of the golf courses is top notch compared to what HBCUs practice on, and these players have the game, but generally do not have access to top clubs can make the playing field uneven. “
“When I had to Florida A&M, it was great to see people who looked like me progress and excel in every endeavor that they pursued. That motivated me even more, “said recently Florida A&M graduate Cameron Riley who finished 4th in the APGA Collegiate Ranking. “The biggest step we need to take to level the playing field is access to good seats, good training, good equipment. We didn’t have a home seat in Tallahassee until my senior year. We bounced around, played driving ranges,” the were simply not up to date with other systems. Then we appear on the courses at Regionals and play on greens that are on Stimpmeter 13 or 14 and are not used to these conditions. Sponsors like Farmers, big ups to thank them for helping us with more access. Providing us with better resources and better access is key, and it’s great that organizations like Farmers are trying to help. ”
For more information about the Black College Golf Coaches Association, please visit https://www.hbcugolf.org. To learn more about Farmers’ commitment to the game, visit Farmers.com/Golf.
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The BCGCA is a 501 (c) 3 that provides unique opportunities for student athletes from around the world to compete in college golf while developing academic and interpersonal skills to compete in the “real world” on a global scale. The core of our efforts is to bring the fresh ideas and passion of our team to the spectrum of activities in which we are involved. In all of our endeavors, we hope to show the conviction behind our beliefs.
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