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The Calvin Peete Foundation | 2021 Awards

CALVIN PEETE FOUNDATION

The Calvin Peete Foundation acknowledges the talent, future and desires of our youth who want to explore the opportunity to participate in the game of golf. Through your support, CPF gives back grants to various platforms and funds initiatives for young golfers and partner organizations.

GOLF PARTNER

Eagle’s Landing, located in Stockbridge, Georgia, is a beautiful 27-hole haven that exemplifies Georgian charm and southern hospitality. Our Members enjoy quality family time, resort-style living and an inviting atmosphere.

MOREHOUSE UNIVERSITY

Morehouse College was humbly founded in a church basement in 1867, and has proudly produced extraordinary leaders, visionaries. The Morehouse College legacy of excellence strengthens each year.  The Morehouse Men’s Golf Team is lead by Coach Willie Burkes who carries the torch for former graduates Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Rhodes Scholars, Congressmen and many more who proudly represent the Morehouse ideals. 

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Home of the Hornets, Alabama State University is one of the nation’s oldest HBCU’s in the country.  Founded in 1867, the quaint campus is located in Montgomery, Alabama, just a few blocks from the state Capitol and the city’s growing commercial district.  The ASU Men’s Golf Team is noted as one of the top HBCU Men’s Golf programs headed up by Coach Quincy Heard.

Calvin Peete | The Legend


JULY 18, 1943 – APRIL 29, 2015

Professional Golfer Calvin Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 18, 1943. Toward the end of the 20th Century Peete had become the most successful African American golfer on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins and a record that would be surpassed only by Tiger Woods who turned professional in 1996 at age 20. In 1983, dubbed “Mr. Accuracy” by fellow golfers for his ability to hit the ball consistently onto the fairway, Peete hit a staggering 84.55 percent of fairways in 87 PGA Tour rounds.

In 1984, he won the Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) “Vardon Trophy,” for PGA Tour leaders with the lowest scoring average. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1983 and 1985 and among the “top 10” in the “Official World Golf Ranking” for several weeks, during the rankings’ 39-week inaugural year, 1986.

After earning his PGA Tour card in 1975, he went on to win his first tournament, the Milwaukee Open, in 1979. The following year he qualified for the Masters in Augusta, Georgia and became the first African American to win The Players Championship in Vedra Beach, Florida, five years later.

During his 20-year career on the PGA Tour, Peete finished fourth on the money list in 1982 and had two-win seasons in 1983, ’85 and ’86. His success waned in the 1990s. Between 1991 and 1995 he appeared in 21 events. His last PGA Tour start came at the 1995 Player’s Championship, ironically the same year that 20-year-old Tiger Woods joined the professional ranks. After retiring from competition in 1995, he continued to play in the Legends of Golf Tournaments until 2009.

Calvin Peete

Letter


Dear Participants, Partners, Colleagues & Friends,

On behalf of the Calvin Peete Foundation and PGD Global, I would like to invite you to our annual golf event celebrating the life of one of the greatest golfers of all time, Calvin Peete. This year, The Calvin Peete Foundation celebrates 10 years, and we are proud to announce the first ever Calvin Peete Collegiate Cup, bringing HBCU competition to the forefront and celebrating the future of the game.

The 10th Anniversary of the Calvin Peete Foundation and the Inaugural Calvin Peete Collegiate Cup will be held on October 24 – 26 at Eagles Landing Country Club. We have selected the Men’s Golf Teams from Morehouse College and Alabama State University to participate in a 2-day match that will build competition along with comradery.

Our award recipient this year will go to Willie Mack III, a young man from Flint, Michigan who has won over 65 professional events in his career and is the highest winning HBCU player of all time at Bethune Cookman University.  The purpose of the Calvin Peete Foundation comes from the Calvin’s desire to educate and develop the next generation of young men through the game of golf, and in joining us, you will be a part of history.

Calvin Peete was my friend of over thirty years. We met at the Heritage Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina and traveled the world together. What I remember most is driving down Magnolia Lane to the Augusta National, an experience Calvin thought he was unworthy of, but would eventually become a part of his oath and shape history.

The Masters, although intimidating for a black man who joined the PGA Tour at an age when many stars were considered “past their prime”, was a steppingstone to learning his own greatness. Although he never won the Masters, I remember Calvin truly believing that perhaps he “could” win The Green Jacket, and this was the motivation planted to achieving continued greatness and unknowingly inspiring other young black golfers to believe the same, paving the way.

 

Mr. Warren Barge

2021 Schedule


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th

Official Practice Round@ Eagles Landing Country Club
WELCOME PLAYERS RECEPTION
Players & Coaches will receive Gifting & Uniforms

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25th

TIME | 8:00 AM
Dress Code | Upscale Sporty Casual | No Denim, Cargo Shorts & Please tuck-in your shirt
Registration & Opening Breakfast @ Eagles Landing Country Club

TIME | 9:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies & Awards | Hosted by Steve Smith & Seema Sadekar
“On The Range” Golf Clinic with Willie Mack III | MC’d by Sadena Parks & Steven D. Wooten, PGA

TIME | 10:00 AM
Individual & Team Photographs & Player Warm-Ups

AM MATCH 1 | 9-Hole 2-Man Four Ball Match Play
TIME | 10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

1:30 PM | LUNCH
PM MATCH 2 | 9-Hole 2-Man Alternate Shot
TIME | 2:50 PM – 3:10 PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26th

Breakfast @ Eagles Landing Country Club

AM MATCH 3 | 18-Hole Individual Match Play
TIME | 8:00 AM

12:00 PM | LUNCH & AWARDS

Award Honorees


CPCC-WILIE-MACK-III

2021 CALVIN PEETE AWARD RECIPIENT
Willie Mack III

The 2021 APGA Mastercard Player of the year, the highest winning HBCU player in history, Willie Mack 3 heads to PGA TOUR Qualifying School to earn his full playing card this season.

Willie Mack III was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. At the age of 6, Willie was introduced to the game of golf by his father, who saw the game and fell in love. The father and son golf-duo began playing golf at the same time, learning, practicing and playing together; they also found a common passion in watching Tiger Woods play as Willie developed his game. Willie’s father would drop Willie off at a local municipal course each summer, leaving him to play, practice and further his calling. Each day Willie would pick up a game with various groups or individuals that he had met at the course, building golf friendships at a young age.

When the summer months went away, the cold Flint winter months would take over. After school, Willie would keep his game sharp by being ready when his father came home from work, they would go to the local golf dome together. On the way to the dome each night, Willie and his father would stop at McDonalds and get large fries, their winter evening practice sessions became a routine. Willie would come back from practice and do his homework before going to bed.

In 2006, during Willie’s Senior Year at Grand Blanc High School, he won the AJGA Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek, coincidentally that same year, Tiger Woods had his 50th win at the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, less than 3 miles apart. Willie went on to earn a golf scholarship to play at Bethune-Cookman, an HBCU, that same year. Willie would go on to win 11 collegiate events, and in 2011, he became the first African American to win the Michigan Amateur Championship, in its 100th year of existence. The win further solidified the momentum to continue onto a professional career. Willie grinded on many satellite tours to collect 65 Professional wins. At the age of 33, the future is calling for Willie’s energy and presence.

Willie continues to be recognized for his strength and honor in the game. Earlier this year, he received the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption from Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open. He continues to be a representative for growth and evolution within the game.

 

2018 Calvin Peete Award Honoree
PGA TOUR Professional Golfer


CPCC-CAMERON-CHAMP

CAMERON CHAMP

2019 Calvin Peete Award Honoree
PGA TOUR Professional Golfer


CPCC-HROLD-VARNER-III

HAROLD VARNER III

2020 Calvin Peete Award Honoree
NFL Hall of Fame


CPCC-JEROME-BETTIS

JEROME BETTIS

 

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