In January 2020, the AGPA Tour worked with Farmers® to host its very first-ever tournament in conjunction with a PGA TOUR event at the Farmers Insurance policies Open up, an annual PGA TOUR cease at Torrey Pines Golfing Training course in San Diego, Calif. The 27-hole APGA Tour match, dubbed the Farmers Insurance plan Open up Invitational, was held on Torrey Pines’ North Study course through Saturday’s 3rd round of the Farmers Coverage Open up, performed concurrently on the South Program. It was not too long ago introduced that the APGA Tour will return in 2021 to participate in all over again on the Saturday of match 7 days with 17 players established to tee it up on Torrey Pines’ North Program this calendar year.
“At Farmers we benefit variety and are very pleased to assistance guidance the APGA Tour in its mission to degree the enjoying discipline for a lot of proficient golfers,” claimed Jeff Dailey, CEO of Farmers. “We appear forward to hosting the APGA during the Farmers Insurance plan Open up with the 2nd-yearly APGA Tour Farmers Insurance policy Open up Invitational on Saturday of tournament week.”
All 17 members have exceptional paths to the APGA Tour as they chase their aspiration of playing on the PGA TOUR. In fact, two APGA Tour players– Kevin Corridor and Willie Mack III—have recently been awarded with sponsors’ exemptions to different PGA TOUR functions in the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am and The Genesis Invitational, respectively. The following consists of biographical info on quite a few players who will be available by request for media interviews.
Mulbe Dillard, a senior at Florida A&M, debuts at No. 1 in a freshly formed rating created by the PGA TOUR and the APGA Tour aimed to help top Black school golfers’ changeover to the qualified ranks by easing the financial load of actively playing developmental excursions and Korn Ferry Tour Q-Faculty. Dillard qualified prospects this new school rating for Black golfers in NCAA Division I, II and III, with the best five seniors just about every year acquiring summer season standing on the APGA Tour and an exemption into the pre-qualifying phase for Korn Ferry Tour Q-College.
Kevin Corridor, 37, is deaf and striving to pave the way for both equally the deaf community and African Us citizens. He played high faculty golf for Winton Woods (Ohio) whilst he attended St. Rita University for the Deaf. He went on to play at Ohio Point out, the place he gained the Big 10 Convention specific championship in 2004 by 11 pictures and turned professional the next year. He has played quite a few PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour situations more than the class of his career. In the latest many years, he has gained three times on the APGA Tour. His father, Percy Corridor, caddies and symptoms for him, and will be signing up for Kevin at the 2021 Farmers Insurance plan Open up Invitational.
Willie Mack III, a Farmers Insurance policies brand ambassador, is a indigenous of Flint, Mich., who performed collegiately at Bethune-Cookman (in 2006), in which he received 11 collegiate situations. Mack was also the to start with African American to get the Michigan Novice Championship, in 2011. He won the APGA Tour’s Lexus Cup as the Tour’s major player in 2019. He gained two situations, finished runner-up two times and recorded six top rated-10 finishes that year. Mack has won just about 20 specialist tournaments and at the moment competes on the APGA Tour.
Though Joey Stills has carved his possess path by his younger golfing vocation as a standout participant at the College of West Florida, giving his time as a teacher and mentor at his neighborhood Initially Tee Chapter and now as a skilled on the APGA Tour, he carries on to chase not only his have desires, but also the profession of his father, Adrian Stills. Adrian is one particular of the revolutionary African People to make it to the PGA TOUR by PGA TOUR Qualifying Faculty and joins famous figures serving to to pave the way for African Americans in expert golf. He eventually joined APGA Tour CEO Ken Bentley to build and co-discovered the APGA Tour.
Joey joins other 1st Tee alumni in the field, the aforementioned Mulbe Dillard and Joseph Dent, son of 12-time PGA TOUR Champions winner, Jim Dent.
Other APGA Tour players who will be at the event include:
- Brad Adamonis
- Jarred Garcia
- Joe Hooks
- Michael Herrera
- Maurice Jeffries
- Landon Lyons
- Marcus Manley
- Tim O’Neal
- Tommy Schaff
- JP Thornton
- Davin White
- Rovonta Young
In addition to the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance policy Open up Invitational, yet another APGA Tour member, Kamaiu Johnson, will be participating in in the PGA TOUR competition future week soon after Farmers Insurance coverage CEO Jeff Dailey shocked Johnson with the news that he experienced been awarded a sponsor’s exemption into the Farmers Coverage Open up in Oct. Johnson named the news “lifestyle modifying” and will tee it up towards the world’s most effective players when he helps make his PGA TOUR debut next 7 days.
With exemptions introduced for Hall, Johnson and Mack, a few gamers who have been an integral portion of the APGA Tour program will tee it up on the PGA TOUR in the subsequent four weeks.
Kamaiu Johnson, also a Farmers Insurance plan brand name ambassador, dropped out of college in the eighth quality. City golf superintendent Jan Auger noticed Johnson, then 13 yrs aged, swinging a adhere outside an condominium complex that bordered Hilaman Golfing Study course in Tallahassee, Fla. Auger instructed Johnson to head again to the clubhouse, where there would be a 9-iron and a bucket of balls ready for him. This minute transformed the system of his lifestyle. At 16, Johnson started competing in gatherings and built record, successful the Tallahassee Open three occasions, the last of which arrived in 2017. In 2020, Johnson won the 2020 APGA Tour Lexus Cup Championship in Los Angeles, and finished next in the 2020 APGA Tour Lexus Cup Stage Standings.
A longtime supporter of the APGA, Farmers is deepening its commitment in 2021 by expanding its money support for participant accessibility, performing to provide experienced and job progress prospects for athletes, and assisting to convey the video game to more athletes.
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The Advocates Qualified Golf Affiliation (APGA) was founded in 2010 as a non-financial gain firm with the mission to carry greater diversity to the activity of golf. The APGA Tour Board of Directors is effective to carry out this by web hosting and operating qualified golfing tournaments, player advancement courses, mentoring programs and by introducing the video game to interior town youthful folks. In addition to conducting up to eight tournaments awarding $250,000 in prize dollars yearly, the APGA conducts the Charlie Sifford Player Growth System to assist young minority golfers.
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