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Stephen Curry’s golf tour makes a stop in Tampa Bay

Particularly for minorities, golf has changed dramatically over time.

According to research, they account for fewer than 20% of gamers.

Junior golfer Hope Hall told Bay News 9’s Katya Guillaume, “There aren’t many black and brown golfers where I live.”

With golf tours and competitions like the Underrated Golf Tour, the culture is changing and developing.

Hall said, “I really appreciate being invited to this event and being among so many other minority golfers; it’s been very exciting. It’s been such a terrific experience.”

For minority youth golfers who fell in love with the game at an early age, like Hall and Tori Mouton, Underrated Golf is committed to paving the way.

It’s just increased the enjoyment of the journey, Mouton said. I’ve never experienced anything like this, and it’s great to see so many black and brown faces.

NBA player Stephen Curry established the company.

The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, which is owned by Black Entertainment Television co-founder Sheila Johnson, is one of the venues on the golf tour, which is now in its first season.

“I have owned this location for 17 to 18 years now, and I have always dreamed of hosting an event like this that truly goes out to the young people,” Johnson said to Spectrum Sports.

She actually serves as an example for these athletes.

Johnson remarked, “I call it reaching the double bottom line. It’s truly part of my philanthropy. being able to interact with the neighborhood and educate the people there

It’s just incredibly remarkable to have such a successful black lady, her course, and her land utilized for something like this, said Hall. “It’s just really fantastic to see the results of another black women’s work being used to assist other minorities,” she said.

Players claim that this tour is providing minority golfers with possibilities that they believe they have never had before and an experience that is unrivaled.

“I don’t get to see that very often, particularly in Florida, and it’s just fantastic because even on the tours you don’t see that,” Mouton said. “Seeing the game develop the way it is, and it began with Tiger, is wonderful. It’s just going to continue expanding which is awesome.”

The experience I’ve gained from this tour and am still gaining, according to Hall, is something that winning by itself will never be able to provide. Winning just couldn’t match with the pleasure and comfort that this tour brings.

Before the finals in San Francisco, where they will perform in front of Steph, this is the tour’s last stop.

Twelve boys and twelve girls from the top 24 players will go there.

A trip like this reassures children that they can improve their golfing abilities. Hope has committed to playing golf in the autumn at Dartmouth. Hope will be the only Black woman playing Ivy League golf, according to the organizers. If there have been any African American golfers at the institution, Spectrum Sports is investigating this.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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