Thursday, April 8, 2010

RE: "The Patch" and Augusta Landmark

During Master week in Augusta, GA all the focus is on Augusta National Golf Club but the real golf games happen at Augusta Municipal Golf Course better known as “The Patch”. This golf course holds a special place in the history of African American golf in that it was the home course for the Black Golf Tour and also the place that black caddies played when the were not working at Augusta National Golf Club. It’s truly a historical landmark in the minds and hearts of Augusta natives.

This year I had the pleasure of playing in a golf tournament at “The Patch” to raise money for the First Tee program of Augusta. These proceeds went to help fund and support the First Tee in its efforts to teach life skills to youth through golf. Participants of the First Tee program learn leadership skills, sportsmanship and other key skills required to become positive and productive members of society.

The 2010 Augusta Tournament was a huge success despite the small numbers. “We are optimistic that in 2011 this tournament will grow and help raise additional funds for this great program said Jim Beatty the organizer and host of the event”.

I can say that I had a wonderful time and knowing that this event directly affected the lives of hundreds of young people made the trip worth it. I ask anyone that loves golf and wants to help make the future of some very deserving young people brighter to register and participate in this event in 2011.

Ed Wanambwa

Senior Editor , African American Golfers Digest

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