The championship will be held at Shoal Creek and the Bent Brook Golf Course in May 8-10.
Frisco, Texas, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The PGA of America today announced that Shoal Creek Club and Bent Brook Golf Course, both outside Birmingham, Alabamawill host the 2023 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (PWCC), May 8-10.
The PWCC, the most culturally significant collegiate golf championship, includes historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) from across the country. More than 200 student-athletes representing approximately 30 teams, as well as 52 individuals, will compete in five divisions.
The PWCC was founded in 1986 by the National Negro Golf Association when the HBCUs did not have the same postseason opportunities as other institutions. Today, the championship continues its founding vision of opening doors for HBCU and MSI student-athletes as well as other athletes from diverse backgrounds.
“The PWCC is an influential championship that goes beyond the golf course, so it’s important to the PGA of America that we have a host site that understands its importance to college golf and its long-term effects on these students- athletes,” PGA CEO Seth Waugh mentioned. “Shoal Creek and curved stream fits the bill, and we’re excited to head to Alabama where the athletes, the championship and the venues can be showcased.”
In collaboration with the PWCC, PGA WORKS will be the host beyond the green, a career exploration event designed to educate and inspire talent from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a career in the golf industry and understand the important role golf can play in their overall career. The event will take place May 7, 2023.
In addition to providing a first-class venue for the PWCC, Shoal Creek and its members are committed to helping support the PGA WORKS HBCU Golf Scholarship endowment, with 50% of these funds remaining in Alabama. The PGA WORKS HBCU Golf Scholarship Endowment was created to provide golf scholarships for men and women to underfunded HBCU and MSI institutions with the goal of sustaining these programs for the long term.
“Shoal Creek is honored to host the 2023 PWCC. We look forward to welcoming student-athletes from across the country representing the men’s and women’s collegiate golf programs from HBCU and MSI,” said Shoal Creek Club President. Greg King. “These young men and women are great ambassadors for the game and truly represent the positive impact it can have on a young person’s life. We are delighted to have the opportunity to organize such a prestigious and important event. in Shoal Creek and the great state of Alabama.”
“Alabama is home to 15 HBCUs, making it the state with the most in the country,” added curved stream owner jimmy lee. “It is an honor to join PGA WORKS and Shoal Creek to host the PWCC. The Bent Brook Golf Course looks forward to welcoming all teams and student-athletes to this historic event. »
The Championship is also a source of pride for the city of birmingham and its mayor, a graduate of Morehouse Collegean HBCU in Atlanta.
“We’re proud to host the 2023 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship here in our city, and we’re even prouder that HBCU student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete on one of our state’s finest golf courses.” , said Mayor of Birmingham Randall Woodfin. “As an HBCU graduate myself, I’m thrilled that the PGA and Shoal Creek are creating more inclusive spaces for minority golfers while providing scholarships for student-athletes. This is a big step in the right direction.”
Shoal Creek is a Jack Nicklaus design that opened in 1977. It has hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, US Amateur (1986), US Junior Amateur (2008), and US Women’s Open (2018), among other events. It is currently rated one of the best courses in the United States by Golf Digest and Golf.com.
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative to diversify the golf industry workforce. Funded as one of the pillars of PGA SCOPEthe PGA of America 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, PGA WORKS leverages scholarships, scholarships, career exploration events and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from all walks of life to fill key positions in the golf industry. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org.
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA SCOPE is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, service members and diverse populations by providing access to PGA Professionals, PGA Chapters and the game of golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org and follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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