The Bermuda Tourism Authority, in partnership with PGA Magazine and Ellison Consulting Group, will organize its inaugural Black Golfers Week featuring socially conscious events November 3–7, following the PGA Tour Bermuda Championship, as part of a new initiative to drive diversity in tourism and sporting events.
Bermuda’s golf courses will be the main event venues, where 24 teams will compete for the Black Golf Club and Team Championship trophy. The Bermuda Championship will take place starting October 25 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to our island for this historic inaugural event honoring Bermuda’s golf legacy and providing an action-packed platform for diversity, equity and inclusivity,” said Charles H. Jeffers II, chief executive officer of the BTA. “Our island has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere else in the world. That fact, paired with a history that includes groundbreaking achievements by Bermudian golfers who helped break the color line in the U.S. and Canada, it is a natural home for this launch event.”
The week will include conversations about bringing more diversity to the game of golf, a breakfast event hosted by Olympian Dr. John Carlos, a clinic at Ocean View Golf Course, the team championship event and awards honoring the legacy of Black golf pioneers from around the globe.
“As a leading sports tourism destination, Bermuda celebrates the achievements of athletes who have challenged the lack of diversity and accessibility in key sectors throughout history,” said Hazel Clark, the BTA’s director of sports business development and a three-time Olympian. “Black Golfers Week offers a groundbreaking opportunity for communities worldwide to come together for action-driven conversations designed to build upon those achievements to advance diversity and access to the sport of golf.”
To learn more, go to www.BermudaDrivingDiversity.com.