In the field of golf, many inadvertently think of the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson as the unofficial “faces” of the sport, almost unintentionally limiting the parameters of the sport to just men. President and founder of the Women In Golf Foundation, LaJean Gould, intends to further break that mold by hosting the 20th annual Women’s Golf Tournament with the central theme “breaking through the glass ceiling.”
While many tournaments ranging across several sporting arenas limit their demographics to one particular age bracket, the Women’s Golf Tournament welcomes nearly all ages.
“We support young girls, collegiate women, and executive women,” Gould said. “We try to expose the collegiate women to additional leadership skills, and provide them with an opportunity to compete in the finer aspects of golf.”
Not just limiting their efforts to golf, the organization makes a conscious effort to help manifest the development of young women who are willing to further their goals.
“We just support women and youth playing the game of golf,” Gould said. “A lot of the things we are working hard to do is to highlight female golfers at black colleges and universities.”
Six, to be exact. According to Gould, this year’s roundup of participating golf teams include Alabama State University, Texas Southern University, Hampton University, South Carolina State University, Benedict College, and Jackson State University. There will be approximately five to six golfers per team, totaling a mass number of 35 to 40 participants.
Resiliently striving to make this event a success, Gould stated the hardships of losing a few teams in the last few years.
“Last five or six years, we lost teams at Spelman [College], Grambling State [University], and Southern University,” she said. “I don’t want to see that happen at these other schools.”
When asked to sum up the tournament’s aura in three words, Gould gave quite the memorable trio: “Best kept secret.” Her reasoning was simple: “We need more people to know about us,” she said.
The Women’s Golf Tournament will take place at DeKalb County at the Stone Mountain Golf Course on April 25-27.
by Moriba Cummings