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PGA charitable foundation partners with MKE Fellows for Ryder Cup

By:Margaret Naczek

PGA Reach, the charitable foundation for PGA of America, will partner with MKE Fellows for unique access to both the Ryder Cup, held this week at Whistling Straits in Kohler, and the Wisconsin PGA Works Fellowship.

The PGA Works Fellowship is a strategic initiative that is part of PGA Works, which operates to diversify the golf industry through scholarships, career exploration events and employment opportunities.

MKE Fellows, based at 1527 N. Astor St. in Milwaukee, was founded in 2012 with the primary goal to create a strong pipeline of African American male college students prepared to enter the workforce in Wisconsin.

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to help our young people in this area,” MKE Fellows executive director John Daniels III said in a press release. “This wonderful opportunity with PGA Reach and PGA Works can certainly open new doors for our Fellows who might not have ever considered a career in golf. This relationship is already delivering tangible results and positively benefitting young African American men in the Milwaukee area.”

The partnership between PGA Reach and MKE Fellows included programming leading up to the Ryder Cup such as a virtual "lunch and learn" in July, which encouraged MKE Fellows members to learn about career opportunities in the golf industry. MKE Fellows participants will also receive an on-site tour of Whistling Straits with behind-the-scenes access to preparation and execution of the Ryder Cup.

MKE Fellows also will attend the PGA Works Beyond the Green Event, which will give high school and college students an inside look at the golf industry through a hybrid format. The event will include a keynote speaker and panel discussions. It is the first of its kind to be held during the Ryder Cup week.

“This new relationship with MKE Fellows is a special opportunity for the PGA of America to continue to reach out to communities in which we conduct our major championships and events,” PGA president Jim Richerson said in a press release. “The hope is that PGA Works’ legacy in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area will create a dynamic and lasting impact. Since this initiative will be in conjunction with the Ryder Cup, it will serve as a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, as the Fellows are introduced to opportunities in the golf industry and to becoming a PGA Professional.”


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