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Black Golfers Week is back after successful first event

Paving the way: from left, Herman Bascome, Sr, Bill Pitt Sr, Joe Louis, Earl and George Lowe and pioneer Rafael Corbin.

An opportunity to again celebrate golf’s continued progress towards diversity and inclusion will be on offer during Black Golfers Week.

Following on from a successful event last year, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has announced that this year’s venture will be held from April 27 to May 1 with the aim of attracting golfers and visitors to celebrate the island’s rich history and to have constructive conversations around structural racial inequities.

A growing list of international athletes, celebrities, and notable guests will already be on island earlier the same week for the Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament, with Shasta Averyhardt (professional golfer and the first African American golfer on the LPGA Tour) and Olajuwon Ajanaku (professional golfer, founder of Eastside Golf and star of HULU documentary Grails, confirmed attendees.

All Bermuda residents, stakeholders, and tourism partners are encouraged to get involved and support by sponsoring or attending events during Black Golfers Week.

“This event is open to everyone. We look forward to welcoming all visitors back to the island for Black Golfers Week this year,” said Tracy Berkeley, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the BTA.

“Bermuda has the most golf courses per square mile and we look to attract golfers from around the world to play 18 holes on our breathtaking greens.

“Travellers want to see versions of themselves when visiting a destination and one of the BTA’s objectives outlined in the National Tourism Plan is to attract more Black visitors to the island. This event will work to help us achieve that.”

St. George’s native Louis Rafael “Kid” Corbin was the first black golfer to compete in prestigious tournaments such as the Canadian Open and passionately fought against racism on and off the course.

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Published February 28, 2023 at 4:47 pm (Updated February 28, 2023 at 4:47 pm)

Black Golfers Week is back after successful first event

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