Korn Ferry Tour occasion to award exemption to prime player in APGA Collegiate Position

A prime Black university golfer will now get a sponsor exemption into a Korn Ferry Tour party.

UNC REX Healthcare, the title sponsor for the KFT’s REX Hospital Open up, announced Tuesday that it will reward the leading-rated participant in the last APGA Collegiate Rating, each this year and following, with a spot in Raleigh, North Carolina-centered tournament. This year’s REX Clinic Open will be performed June 3-6 at The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation.

“We are proud to associate with the APGA to present an possibility for a major collegiate golfer to compete in one particular of North Carolina’s premiere golf tournaments,” stated Ernie Bovio, president of UNC REX Health care. “At UNC REX we have built a society of equity and inclusion, and continue on to search at means to make improvements to accessibility to care for all patients, especially throughout the pandemic.”

The APGA Collegiate Position debuted last slide and is comprised of Black faculty golf seniors from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, as well as HBCUs. The top five players in the APGA Collegiate Rating at the finish of each and every season will get, in addition to a KFT exemption, entry into all remaining APGA Tour events that year, journey fees involved with just about every APGA Tour event and an exemption into the pre-qualifying stage of that year’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Match.

The new position is designed to assist major Black golfers changeover from the collegiate video game into the skilled ranks.

“This determination from UNC REX Healthcare and the Korn Ferry Tour is a significant step for the APGA Collegiate Position and the APGA Tour’s mission of bringing increased range to the sport,” said Ken Bentley, co-founder and CEO of the APGA Tour. “These college or university gamers have big goals of making it to the greatest concentrations of qualified golf and now they have a pathway to make that come about.”

Lee Elder, who was the two the initially Black participant to contend in the Masters (1975) and on a U.S. Ryder Cup group (1979), said he was “so happy” to see this KFT exemption prolonged for each of the next two many years.

“This is going to make a significant difference for these gamers,” Elder said. “I think you’re going to now see much more youthful Black young ones will now get started a occupation and that it is not going to get them a lengthy time to reach the possible and things that they have set out for themselves. They can appear out with an perspective, that ‘I have anything to do that is in my palms. That it is up to me to be equipped to achieve the intention that I set for myself.’ The PGA TOUR is functioning hard and attempting to get matters like this to materialize. The folks that are included in this will undoubtedly be functioning to try to make confident that this will happen all over again for other firms. I will be accomplishing whatever I can to assist in any way that I can, and to place a voice out there to make positive that it is likely in that course. I imagine that 1 factor the REX Healthcare facility is doing is setting a perfect illustration and I feel that there will be some others that surely adhere to them.”