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On August 7, 2017, the PGA of America partnered with Young Black Leadership Alliance (YBLA) to host a one-of-a-kind career development experience at the PGA Championship. The Beyond the Green event was hosted on in The PGA of America chalet on 18th hole of the Quail Hollow Golf Club.


The event was designed to showcase ways a career centered around golf can elevate the participants’ personal financial futures, as well as provide quality relationships along the way. Sixty attendees heard from guest speakers, including actor Dondre' Whitfield, and participated in speed networking with PGA, Bank of America, ESPN, ABC and Fox executives before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the PGA Championship Grounds.

Photographs courtesy of The PGA of America

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Committed to Enriching the Lives of Young Leaders


"We had a special opportunity to experience first-hand the high quality of young leaders that comprise this outstanding organization.  These rising stars have a clear vision about how they want to positively impact the world around them and are pursuing their visions with intention.  Collectively, they are a prime example of who we would love to have choose a career in the game and business of golf."

Sandy Cross, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, PGA of America

"The Beyond the Green experience was something spectacular. It allowed YBLA to get a personal behind the scene view of the professional golf world. I can personally say the event taught me the importance of the game of golf, and how it can be a great form of networking. Beyond the green has renewed my interest in the game of golf."

YBM Ambassador Dashaun Simpson


I learned that integrity is a key aspect of the game of golf

YBW Ambassador
Desiree Lucas

I loved to see how the course was transformed.

YBW Ambassador Sarai Williams

You can learn very worthwhile life skills while playing golf.

YBM Ambassador
Kaseen Smith

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