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Pathway to Progression

Pathway to Progression

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Pathway to Progression player development program is a comprehensive effort to achieve greater diversity in golf through an increased focus on developing talent from diverse and historically underrepresented groups.

Through the Pathway to Progression program, we aim to motivate and inspire the next generation of golfers from diverse and underrepresented communities. In alignment with our APGA Tour partnership and the Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program, Pathway to Progression will provide a path for talented junior and collegiate golfers from diverse backgrounds to continue their development and chase their dream of becoming professional golfers. The PGA TOUR is excited to provide these enhanced competitive and training opportunities in development.

The junior golf program is designed to create competitive opportunities for identifying and supporting highly talented junior golfers from underrepresented communities. The selection of twenty-four juniors will be a collaborative process with key partners at the Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA), American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Cameron Champ Foundation, First Tee, Jim Thorpe Invitational, Notah Begay III Junior National Championship, and UNDERRATED Golf presented by Stephen Curry. These juniors will then participate in a joint AJGA/Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) junior golf tournament, a two-day development camp and shootout, and receive developmental support and college preparatory tools.

The Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program – aligning with PGA TOUR and the Bridgestone APGA Collegiate Ranking goals to provide top black collegiate players with transitional support in the professional ranks – will elevate the level of awareness, competitive opportunities, and education for HBCU golfers while providing tangible career development opportunities, with support from partners at the GCAA, Black College Golf Coaches Association (BCGCA), and Clippd. Through competitive opportunities such as the Bridgestone HBCU Invitational, these HBCUs and underrepresented groups of golfers will have the ability to elevate their competitive nature and compete for a spot in the HBCU Performance Experience at TPC Sawgrass presented by Bridgestone as well as a spot in the Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational. Each year in December, HBCU Coaches will have the opportunity to attend the HBCU Coaches Summit presented by Bridgestone to watch high school seniors in the AJGA Evian Showcase, hear from the PGA TOUR, and attend the GCAA Convention.

The PGA TOUR will continue to provide HBCUs with the exposure and resources to grow college golf programs. The TOUR’s support not only assists financially but also continues with professional development opportunities for HBCU coaches, collaboration with the BCGCA to execute quality collegiate events for players, and devotes attention on a national stage to promoting minority golf.

Collegiate Development Partner

The Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program will have a dedicated focus on elevating the competitive and mentorship opportunities for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) golfers, while also providing tangible career development opportunities for both players and coaches.

Programs & Activations

Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational
Bridgestone HBCU Invitational
Bridgestone APGA Ranking
Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program


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