Major-ranked APGA Collegiate Position participant to gain REX Healthcare facility Open exemption

RALEIGH, N.C. – In partnership with the Korn Ferry Tour, UNC REX Healthcare announced Tuesday that a single of their title sponsor exemptions for the REX Hospital Open up will be offered to the top rated-ranked participant in the Advocates Expert Golf Association (APGA) Collegiate Rating for each and every of the upcoming two a long time (2021, 2022).

Four-time PGA TOUR winner Lee Elder, who broke down racial limitations as the 1st Black golfer to play in the Masters (1975) and the initial to stand for the United States in the Ryder Cup (1979), was grateful to see strides getting taken to present a lot more possibilities for Black golfers in the qualified ranks, “When I was coming up, we didn’t have this to seem ahead to, but I’m so proud to see REX Clinic do this,” claimed Elder. “This is going to make a huge variance for these gamers. I believe you’re likely to now see extra younger Black kids will now start off a career and that it is not heading to just take them a lengthy time to attain the likely and factors that they have set out for on their own. They can arrive out with an perspective, that ‘I have a little something to do that’s in my hands. That it is up to me to be able to reach the purpose that I established for myself.’ The PGA TOUR is functioning difficult and trying to get items like this to happen. The folks that are concerned in this will unquestionably be working to try out to make guaranteed that this will transpire again for other organizations. I will be undertaking regardless of what I can to enable in any way that I can, and to place a voice out there to make absolutely sure that it is likely in that path. I believe that 1 matter the REX Medical center is performing is setting a ideal example and I assume that there will be other folks that unquestionably follow them.”

The leading-rated APGA Collegiate Rating golfer will be verified at the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf spring period and in advance of the 2021 REX Medical center Open, which will be performed June 3-6 at The Region Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C. The REX Healthcare facility Open has elevated a lot more than $9 million all through the previous three many years to assistance clients and products and services at UNC REX Medical center in Raleigh.

“We are proud to husband or wife with the APGA to offer an chance for a top collegiate golfer to contend in one of North Carolina’s premiere golfing tournaments,” reported Ernie Bovio, president of UNC REX Health care. “At UNC REX we have constructed a lifestyle of fairness and inclusion, and carry on to glimpse at approaches to make improvements to accessibility to treatment for all sufferers, in particular in the course of the pandemic.”

The APGA was proven in 2008 as a non-financial gain business with the mission to convey greater variety to the game of golf. The APGA Tour Board of Directors get the job done to attain this by web hosting and operating experienced golf tournaments, player advancement applications, mentoring courses and by introducing the video game to interior city youthful people.

“This commitment from UNC REX Health care and the Korn Ferry Tour is a main phase for the APGA Collegiate Position and the APGA Tour’s mission of bringing greater variety to the sport,” stated Ken Bentley, co-founder and CEO of the APGA Tour. “These higher education players have significant dreams of generating it to the best concentrations of experienced golfing and now they have a pathway to make that transpire.”