The LPGA further engaged by donating proceeds from the LPGA #HoodieForGolf to the Clearview Legacy Foundation.
“At the core of the LPGA is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Roberta Bowman, the LPGA’s Chief Brand and Communications Officer, as well as co-chair of the LPGA’s DE&I task force. “Renee Powell and her family play a singular role in the history of African Americans in golf. Renee is a global ambassador for the game and continues to use golf as a means for inclusion. We are proud to be part of this effort to celebrate Renee and her family and preserve Clearview Golf Club and its mission of providing a place where all people can enjoy the game.”
Players are asked to participate in numerous Monday pro-ams throughout the year. But few touch the heart of the LPGA mission like the one in Atlanta on Monday.
“Growing up as an Asian American in the early 90s, I know what it’s like to be different on the golf course,” Tiffany Joh said. “That’s why events like this and people like Renee Powell are so inspiring and so important. We have come such a long, long way in the game but events like this are reminders that we need to keep moving forward.”
As the kids sprinted to the driving range at Bobby Jones GC, some carrying their own clubs, others hoping to pick some up during the clinic, Ryan Cannon, the Senior Director of PGA REACH said, “We are excited to support this youth clinic, this event overall and to continue the legacy of Renee Powell. As a PGA of America member, Renee remains an icon and critical figure in the game and we are proud and privileged to have her as a member of the PGA.”
“I had the pleasure of meeting Renee for the first time yesterday and had dinner with her last night,” said incoming LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “Her story is truly remarkable. She is such a pioneer. She changed golf and continues to change golf through her foundation. She is working day in and day out to provide opportunities. The LPGA wants to do the same thing. We want to introduce the game to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. And we want to change their lives through the game.”
This event would not have taken place without the generous support of sponsors, including KPMG and their continued commitment to women’s golf and diversity. “When we first heard about the Clearview Legacy Foundation and the need that was there, we were so inspired to get involved,” said Shawn Quill, the National Sports Industry Leader for KPMG US. “Along with Mariah Stackhouse and the LPGA, we came together and, hopefully, will be a catalyst for change that is needed to not only preserve this historical landmark but to ensure that there is more awareness around the need to cultivate diversity in the game of golf and overall.”