Farmers Insurance coverage broadcasts help for Black School Golf Coaches Affiliation

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., – Farmers Insurance coverage and the Black School Golf Coaches Affiliation (BCGCA) in the present day introduced Farmers because the presenting sponsor of 4 BCGCA occasions occurring in 2021-2022, the newest in a sequence of actions Farmers has taken to assist help and develop variety in skilled golf. The Black School Golf Coaches Affiliation’s mission is to reinforce and protect Black school golf packages by fostering the event of coaches and gamers.

Farmers® is the primary sponsor that the BCGCA has introduced particular to HBCU golf occasions. The tournaments that Farmers will help embody:

• September 23-26, 2021:  BCGCA Corridor of Fame Traditional offered by Farmers Insurance coverage, Newnan, GA, Summer season Grove Golf Membership

• October 23-26, 2021:  BCGCA Black School Traditional offered by Farmers Insurance coverage, Gulf Shores, AL, Peninsula Membership

• March 13-15, 2022:  BCGCA HBCU Invitational offered by Farmers Insurance coverage, Houston, TX, Sterling Nation Membership

• April 2022 (precise dates TBA):  BCGCA Nationwide Girls’s Collegiate Golf Championship offered by Farmers Insurance coverage, Atlanta, GA, Callaway Gardens

Along with sponsoring BCGCA tournaments, Farmers Insurance coverage to offer entry to study extra about accessible teaching, internships and different sources for BCGCA gamers to assist additional help their profession improvement {and professional} aspirations.

“We hope that working with the BCGCA may help additional our efforts to foster variety within the recreation and create alternatives for gamers to develop via their school expertise,” stated Jenny Howell Head of Model and Client Advertising and marketing for Farmers Insurance coverage. “Offering gamers at HBCUs with entry to skilled improvement, profession gala’s and networking alternatives in addition to golf coaching amenities may help empower these school and newbie athletes to pursue careers in golf on the course and off. We look ahead to participating with the BCGCA and its gamers to assist extra HBCU golfers obtain their goals of taking part in golf professionally.”

“Farmers Insurance coverage has proven unimaginable help in additional diversifying golf via their efforts with the APGA Tour and past,” stated BCGCA President Craig Bowen. “To have them help these 4 occasions won’t solely present HBCU packages and gamers with extra alternatives to compete and hone their recreation, but in addition present the remainder of the company neighborhood that they’ll make a distinction. It is a pivotal second for golf at HBCUs and with organizations like Farmers taking the lead, I really imagine that we will make a distinction on this nice sport.”

Farmers has a proud historical past of championing variety within the golf house.  The nationwide insurer group has offered funding for APGA TOUR occasions and the group’s athletes, sponsored gamers together with Kamaiu Johnson and Willie Mack III, hosted the first-ever APGA occasion at a PGA TOUR match on the 2020 Farmers Insurance coverage Open and offered Mack with a sponsor’s exemption into the 2021 Farmers Insurance coverage Open.

A number of APGA Tour gamers just lately shared their ideas on why HBCUs and the help that Farmers is giving the BCGCA are each so vital to the expansion of variety within the recreation.

“I used to be going to attend Michigan State and I needed to go someplace that the tradition match and the place I may begin one thing and assist others observe in my footsteps,” stated Willie Mack III, current APGA Tour Championship winner and 11-time match winner at Bethune Cookman. “Once I hopefully attain the PGA TOUR full time, it’s going to present different children like me that it’s attainable. A whole lot of the HBCUs don’t have a spot to observe or play each day. If they’ll play at higher programs and have higher amenities, golf golf equipment and match a number of the components of larger colleges, it’s going to make an enormous distinction. The varsity I performed for is not providing a males’s golf program. So I’m simply hopeful they’ll get golf to return as a program and get issues getting into the best course. Help like this from Farmers is a large step and hopefully extra firms will take part to help golf at HBCUs.”

“I needed to have a university expertise with children that have been predominantly African American and Florida A&M offered that for me,” stated Mulbe Dillard, who just lately completed atop the inaugural APGA Collegiate Rating. “Having Farmers help HBCUs is large and we’d like extra firms and help to extend the extent of our amenities and sources. Larger colleges have sources, amenities and gear that may assist higher put together their gamers for fulfillment. I believe the largest distinction is different colleges play and observe on programs and situations that put together them for what they are going to face in a match, whereas many HBCUs merely don’t. Proper now, it’s tough to search out African American children to compete. The extra help HBCUs obtain, the higher the amenities might be, the higher the pathway is for HBCU athletes into skilled golf and the higher these coaches will be capable to recruit.”

“It was fairly particular to have the ability to play school golf with different black golfers who have been on the identical degree as I used to be with the identical goals. It was actually eye opening,” stated Alabama A&M graduate Rovonta Younger. “Everybody pushes one another. Everyone seems to be there for a similar motive. Farmers getting concerned is nice. With Farmers backing a variety of occasions it’s going to open up alternatives. A whole lot of black gamers don’t have the identical alternatives to develop at an early age, so having HBCUs as an avenue to progress and get to the subsequent degree is significant to extend variety within the recreation. Funding is an issue. These guys want entry to top-level golf programs. In the summertime, after the season, they’re taking part in in U.S. Am qualifiers, U.S. Open qualifiers and State Opens, and the caliber of golf programs are prime tier in comparison with what HBCUs observe on and these gamers have the sport, however typically don’t have the entry to prime degree golf equipment. This will make for an uneven taking part in discipline.”

“Once I acquired to Florida A&M, it was nice to simply see those that appeared like me progress and excel in each endeavor that they pursued. That motivated me much more,” stated current Florida A&M graduate Cameron Riley who completed 4th within the APGA Collegiate Rankings. “The most important step that now we have to create a extra degree taking part in discipline is entry to good programs, good teaching, good gear. In Tallahassee, we didn’t have a house course till my senior yr. We bounced round, performed on driving ranges that merely weren’t on top of things with different amenities. Then we present as much as programs at regionals and we’re taking part in on greens which might be 13 or 14 on the stimpmeter and we aren’t used to these situations. Sponsors like Farmers, large ups to them for serving to us with extra entry. Giving us higher sources and higher entry is vital and it’s nice that organizations like Farmers are attempting to assist.”

For extra details about the Black School Golf Coaches Affiliation, go to https://www.hbcugolf.org. To study extra about Farmers dedication to the sport, go to Farmers.com/Golf.

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