Bridgestone Hosts Inaugural HBCU Golf Invitational

Bridgestone Hosts Inaugural HBCU Golf Invitational

Fifteen HBCU golf teams competed in the first Bridgestone-PGA Tour tournament and enrichment program at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and the PGA Tour hosted the inaugural Bridgestone HBCU invitational, a first-of-its-kind tournament featuring competition from 15 HBCU teams at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. The contest is an element of the Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program, part of the PGA Tour’s Pathway to Progression program, which aims to achieve greater diversity in golf by developing talent from diverse and historically underrepresented groups.

The Bridgestone HBCU Invitational hosted ten men’s teams and five women’s teams from HBCUs across the country for two days of competition on Nov. 1 and 2. Leading up to the tournament, Bridgestone and the PGA Tour coordinated enrichment opportunities designed to provide equitable access for players interested in pursuing the sport as a career, while also creating a pipeline of young golfers that better represent communities nationwide, Bridgestone said.

Following the experience, Bridgestone hosted a welcome dinner at TPC Sugarloaf for all teams competing in the invitational, where Eastside Golf founders Earl Cooper & Olajuwon Ajanaku spoke to attendees about their mission to raise awareness of golf. The lifestyle brand will join forces with Bridgestone in the coming year to reach underserved communities and diversify the game through the Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program.

Finally, on Oct. 31, competitors were invited to a Pathway to My Career panel discussion led by ESPN’s Michael Collins, featuring Bridgestone’s Caitlyn Ranson, Black Sports Business Academy’s Vincent Pierson, Creative Artists Agency’s Annette Parker, Stewart Cornelius from Multiplier, Devon Fox from the PGA TOUR, Ardelia Austin from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Michael McClendon of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Bridgestone said industry leaders offered personal perspectives on gaining professional experience, translating golf skills to life and work and building a network.

You May Also Like

Toyo Tires Promotes New VP of Sales

Mike Snyder has been promoted to vice president of sales. Snyder previously served as the sr. director of sales, strategic accounts.


Toyo Tire U.S.A. announced that Mike Snyder has been promoted to vice president of sales. Snyder previously served as the senior director of sales, strategic accounts, and the company says he has played an integral role in sales leadership at Toyo. Starting his career with Toyo in 1993, Snyder brings 30 years of knowledge and experience to his new role.

Bridgestone, ‘Play Like a Girl!’ Partner with NFL Teams

Bridgestone said its collaboration fosters girls’ leadership in STEM through NFL partnerships and initiatives.

Pirelli Inaugurates $15 Million R&D Center in Silao, Mexico

Pirelli’s new hub will focus in on technology, digitalization and training for predictive vehicle dynamics.

Pirelli facility Mexico
Turbo Wholesale Tires Reveals New Logo

The company said the logo change comes as Turbo concludes its 40th-anniversary celebration.

Maine Voters Overwhelmingly Back Right to Repair

Over 80% of Mainers voted “yes” to ensure that they and their repair shops can access vehicle diagnostic tools and data.

Other Posts

CEOs of 10 Tire Manufacturers Unveil Two-Year Sustainability Plan

The plan emphasizes tire-emission research, circular end-of-life tire management and enhanced sustainability assessments.

Tire-Industry-Project tool kit for end of life tires
Ohio Tire & Automotive Association Partners with CareerPlug

OTAA members gain free access to CareerPlug’s hiring platform, including expert support and discounted premium services.

Handshake agreement
Pirelli Unveils Revamped B2B Sales Platform

Pirelli’s upgraded TireClub+ offers real-time monitoring, order management and news.

Bridgestone, Michelin Set Standards to Expand Recycled Carbon Black

The companies outlined standards, goals and solutions for advancing recycled carbon black utilization.

Enviro Carbon Black