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Book details
  • Genre:SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SubGenre:Golf
  • Language:English
  • Pages:174
  • eBook ISBN:9781098399443

Invisible Golfers: African-Americans' PGA Tour-Quest

by Jeffrey JC Callaway

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Overview
This book catches the sensitivities and struggles of African-Americans in professional golf. It tells their stories from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Many questions are answered in response to why African-Americans have remained virtually non-existent on the PGA Tour. In addition, social, psychological, and business issues are addressed by those on their Tour-Quest. Readers will come away with greater knowledge and understanding concerning the issues. This book is full of information and intelligent insight.
Description
Since the game's introduction to America in the latter part of the 19th century, African-Americans maintained an affinity for the sport. The infamous "Caucasian Only" clause had kept blacks stagnated for sixty years; but it has been over three decades since the elimination of that clause, and, obviously, the void remains. In addition to this, there were several other issues that needed to be addressed. Many golf enthusiasts had misconceptions, or simply did not understand the necessary measures that one has to take in order to become a tour-caliber player. Today, the lack of finances and/or sponsorship support seemingly play a major role toward allowing players to gain necessary tournament experiences in order to have a greater chance to make it onto the PGA Tour, and excel at golf's highest competitive level. Still, many had received some type of financial support at one time or another but failed to produce at the crucial time — they didn't seize the opportunity — and their support vanished. But why didn't they produce when they had the chance? What was really stopping them from getting past that final obstacle? Was there something missing in their training and mental process? Based on these questions and other ones, readers will discover that there may exist latent problems within African-Americans' games and psyche that were being overlooked constantly, which, inadvertently, has kept them from ascending to the next level. There are particular games within professional golf that one must play — and African-Americans simply had not been playing those games very well: They range from the players' self-determinism, work ethics, and business skills, to communication and community support. The context of this book begins with the earl
About the author
Jeffrey Callaway is the director of player development for African American Tour (AATQ), and former executive director of the Ace Kids Golf program in Oakland, California. His involvement in golf has spanned over four decades as an amateur and professional player, driving range manager, starter, junior golf coordinator, caddie, and instructor. He has a B.A. degree in Communications from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, California.
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