How AGM will build the future of the PGA Tour
Breaking the Barrier Program
The purpose of the Breaking The Barrier Program is to provide elite golfers from diverse backgrounds with playing opportunities in developmental tours and/or PGA/LPGA Q-school. The intended end goal is breaking the color barrier and getting the minority professionals on the PGA/LPGA/Korn Ferry/Web.com Tour.
When it comes to Minority Players on the PGA Tour participation is low. Currently, there are (3) Professional Black Golfers playing full time on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, only 1.5% of the PGA Tour members are Minority Golfers. How can we change this narrative, going forward, given these facts?
Young Minority golfers and Black college golfers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have little to no access to the PGA experience once they graduate. Traditionally, ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ has been a challenge but we are prepared and positioned to shatter these barriers.
Unlike most sports, golf has NO drafts, NO scouts, and NO sponsors observing the talents of Black college golfers and those who didn’t attend college. Each player has to provide their own resources, play and promote themselves displaying their talents. You have to ‘Play your way on the tour’, there are NO exceptions!
Most people don't understand the true financial cost of the journey to becoming a Professional Golfer. Golf is a very expensive sport. The expense part of the game continues to cripple Minority golfers, especially after graduation. For example, the entry fee to just one Monday qualifier for the tour is $500. Once this expense is paid, the cost for the entire week could run over $1,500.00. The annual cost to play and/or play in 15-20 tournaments requires an expenditure of up to $60,000 per year (with no guarantee of recouping funds). This amount includes coaching, entry fees, travel, food, and lodging. The average Minority golfer cannot afford this amount without a job or a sponsor. Here is the dilemma, do I practice golf and hope for a sponsor to magically appear or get a job to ‘keep food on the table’? Usually, the decision will be the latter.
It is the same sad story heard over and over again; the dream of becoming a Professional Golfer is over due to lack of resources. But the dream does not have to be over. We are anticipating paying the graduate an annual salary of $40,000. Their job description is to practice golf (9) hours or more a day, train with their athletic trainer and swing coach, and maintain a bi-weekly appointment with their assigned Sports Psychologist.
It is our goal to remove all aspects of anxiety, worry and uncertainty from these golfers’ lives, allowing them to focus on attaining a position on the PGA/LPGA Tour where they belong. An increased, strong presence of Tour ready Minority Golfers is the key to leveling the playing field in this sport. The PGA/LPGA isn't experiencing a minority talent problem, it is a resource problem. The Breaking The Barrier Program will lead the way!
What can we do about it?
Annually identify and provide (20) minority golfers with opportunities to play in developmental tours and/or Q-Schools by acquiring positions on a PGA/LPGA Tour.
Create a nationally recognized ranking system for HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) golf teams and players.
Engage Sports Psychologists to help mentally prepare golfers for anticipated hardships of the game of golf and life in general.
Help provide resources and tools to young people who are not in school and the HBCUs which are desperately needed to solidify education, commitment, and techniques in the game of golf.
Build & nurture a pipeline of eligible talent
Leverage key relationships with HBCUs
Create a Nationally recognized ranking system
Holistic training methodology with
a focus on Sports Performance, Sports Psychology, and
AGM Athletes and
Alumni will serve as
ambassadors to pour
into the future
generations of golfers
in BIPOC communities