Farmers Insurance® announces support for the Black College Golf Coaches Association
Farmers® Expands Commitment to Helping Increase Diversity in the Game of Golf Through New Relationship with BCGCA Focused on Support and Development of College and Amateur Athletes
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., 25 August 2021 / PRNewswire / – Farmers insurance® and the Black College Golf Coaches Association (BCGCA) announced today that Farmers® is the main sponsor of four BCGCA events taking place in 2021-2022, the latest in a series of actions Farmers has taken to help support and to develop diversity in professional golf. The mission of the Black College Golf Coaches Association is to enhance and preserve black college golf programs by promoting the development of coaches and players.
Farmers® is the first sponsor that BCGCA announced specifically for HBCU golf events. Tournaments that farmers will support include:
September 23-26, 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 Shores, Alabama, Club Peninsula
March 13-15, 2022: BCGCA HBCU Invitational presented by Farmers Insurance ®, Houston, TX, Sterling Country Club
April 2022 (exact dates to be determined): BCGCA National Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Farmers Insurance®, Atlanta, Georgia, Callaway Gardens
In addition to sponsoring BCGCA tournaments, Farmers Insurance plans to provide access to learn more about the coaching, clinics and other resources available to BCGCA players to help them further support their career development. and their career aspirations.
“We hope that working with the BCGCA can help continue our efforts to foster diversity in the game and create opportunities for players to grow through their college experience,” said Jenny Howell Head branding and consumer marketing for farmer insurance. “Providing HBCU players with access to professional development, career fairs and networking opportunities as well as golf training facilities can help these college and amateur athletes pursue golf careers.” on and off the course. We look forward to engaging with BCGCA and its players to help more HBCU golfers achieve their dreams of golfing professionally. “
“Farmers Insurance has demonstrated incredible support in diversifying golf through its efforts with the APGA Tour and beyond,” said BCGCA President. Craig bowen. “Getting them to support these four events will not only provide HBCU programs and players with additional opportunities to compete and hone their game, but will also show the rest of the business community that they can make a difference. It’s a moment. crucial for golf at The HBCU and with organizations like Farmers taking the lead, I truly believe we can make a difference in this great sport. “
Farmers is proud to stand up for diversity in golf. The national group of insurers funded the events of the APGA TOUR and the athletes of the organization, sponsored players including Kamaiu Johnson and Willie Mack III, hosted the very first APGA event in a PGA TOUR tournament at the Farmers Insurance Open® 2020 and provided Mack with a sponsor exemption for the Farmers Insurance Open 2021.
Several players from the APGA Tour recently shared their thoughts on why HBCUs and the support farmers give to BCGCA are both so important to the growth of diversity in the game.
“I was going to attend Michigan State and I wanted to go to a culturally appropriate place where I could start something and help others follow in my footsteps, ”said Willie Mack III, recent winner of the APGA Tour championship and 11 times winner of the tournament in Bethune Cookman. “When I hope to reach the full-time PGA TOUR, it will show other kids like me that it is possible. A lot of HBCUs don’t have a place to train or play every day. they can play better courses and have better facilities, golf clubs and match some of the great school elements, that will make a huge difference. The school I played for no longer offers a golf program for So I just hope they can bring golf back as a program and move things in the right direction. Support like this from farmers is a big step and I hope more companies will join in supporting golf at HBCUs. “
“I wanted to have a university experience with predominantly African-American children and Florida A&M Provided that for me, ”said Mulbe Dillard, who recently finished atop the first collegiate APGA standings. “Farmer support for HBCUs is huge and we need more businesses and support to increase the level of our facilities and resources. Large schools have resources, facilities and equipment that can help better prepare their players for success. I think the biggest difference is that other schools play and train on courses and conditions that prepare them for what they will face in a tournament, while many HBCUs just don’t. At the moment, it is difficult to find African American children to compete. The more support HBCUs receive, the better the facilities, the better the path for HBCU athletes to professional golf and the better able these coaches will be to recruit. “
“It was quite 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 really opened my eyes,” said Alabama A&M Rovonta Young graduate. “Everyone is pushing each other. Everyone is there for the same reason. Farmers are getting involved, it’s great. With the farmers supporting a lot of events, it will open up opportunities. A lot of black players don’t have it. the same opportunities to develop at an early age, so having HBCUs as a way to progress and reach the next level is vital to increasing diversity in the game. Funding is an issue. These guys need help. ” access top-level golf courses. In the summer, after the season, they play in US Am qualifying, US Open qualifying and State Open qualifying, and the golf course caliber is first-rate for what HBCUs practice on and these players have the game, but generally do not have access to top clubs. can create an uneven playing field. “
“When I got to Florida A&M, it was great to see people who looked like me progress and excel in whatever endeavor they were pursuing. It motivated me even more, ”said a recent Florida A&M diploma Cameron Riley who finished 4e in the APGA college ranking. “The biggest step we need to take to create a level playing field is access to good lessons, good training, good equipment. In Tallahassee, we didn’t have home classes until my senior year. We bounced back, played on driving ranges that just weren’t up to the standard of the other facilities. Then we go to the regional courses and we play on greens of 13 or 14 at the stimulator and we are not used to these conditions. to them to help us with more access. Giving us better resources and better access is key and it’s great that organizations like Farmers are trying to help.
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The BCGCA is a 501 (c) 3 that provides unique opportunities for student-athletes 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 range of activities in which we are involved. Through all of our efforts, we hope to display the conviction behind our convictions.
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