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GCAA Announces Diversity Initiative

NORMAN, Okla. — The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the formation of the GCAA Diversity Initiative. The Working Group has been working since the summer on several plans to further minority opportunity and bring young people to the game of golf.

The mission of the GCAA Diversity Initiative is to use the successful platform of college golf to increase opportunities, resources, and mentorship for its minority members, as well as introduce current college golfers to a career pathway in the game; and promote golf to future generations.

Additionally, St. John Fisher Head Golf Coach Robert Simms has been named a Director At-Large to the GCAA National Advisory Board and will chair the GCAA Diversity Initiative.

“We wish to increase minority opportunities in the game of golf,” said Simms.  “This includes playing, working, and education in the golf industry.  A more diverse group of those involved in the golf industry is good business for the entire world since golf is a worldwide game.”

Under the direction of Simms, the Diversity Initiative Working Group will feature a selection of coaches and friends of the game of golf.


GCAA Diversity Initiative Working Group Members

Robert Simms, St. John Fisher College

Paul Chavez, Odessa College

Ronn Miyashiro, University of Hawaii - Manoa

Herb Rubenstein, Brooklyn Golf Alliance

Kevin Jennings, Prairie View A&M University

Pete Gyscek, Washington & Lee University

Clay White, Seton Hall University

Andy Walker, Lynn University

Sam Puryear, Howard University

Conrad Ray, Stanford University

Jim Awtrey, Retired CEO, PGA of America

Notah Begay, Golf Channel

E. Lee Coble, Virginia Union University

Joseph Bramlett, PGA Tour Player