I am happy to announce tickets for the first annual Practice Round Tournament are on sale!
If you’ve been to this site before or spoken to me for 10 minutes, you know that I love golf and I love getting more people involved with the game. I created this tournament out of a passion I have to help more young professionals, women and minorities experience the benefits of golf, both socially and professionally.
So consider this your invitation to come play 9 holes or 18 holes of golf on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Silver Lake Country Club! See you on the course!
I read about Under Armour’s move to grow their golf portfolio earlier this year. Black Enterprise re-ran their story on one executive leading that charge, so I wanted to share it as well. If you don’t know where Under Armour is in the professional golf world, just remember one name: Jordan Spieth. He’s young, he’s excellent, and he represents everything Under Armour is looking to accomplish in the industry.
Leon Duncan Aims to Expand Under Armour’s Brand Presence in Golf World.
I think everyone has a story about how or why they started playing golf. It is my hope that one day The Practice Round will be the start of someone else’s story. On the heels of last week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, I wanted to share my story of why I started playing golf.
By my senior year in college, I had had two knee surgeries as a result of running Division I Track. After my second surgery, my running career was over leaving me uncertain that I’d ever find something that I loved as much as track.
That summer, I worked at Kids Across America (a Christian sports camp for urban youth) as the Athletic Director, where I was responsible for organizing all classes and sport activities. It also was the summer we opened and dedicated the Payne Stewart Memorial – a driving range, putting green and learning center in honor of the US Open 1999 champion. Payne, an avid supporter of the camp, died unexpectedly in a plane crash just four months after his grand US Open win. The memorial was built was to expose campers to the game of golf – a game not widely popular among urban youth. It was on that driving range that I took my first swing, and immediately fell in love with the sport. I spent every free minute I had at the driving range officially getting bit by the “golf bug.”
As I learned about the game, I learned about the type of man Payne Stewart was – the type of husband, father and friend. His love for God, his family and golf made his untimely death that much more heartbreaking. But if it wasn’t for Payne’s Stewart story, I probably wouldn’t have learned how to play nor develop a passion to grow the game among my peers. Even in death, Payne Stewart’s life had an impact on mine, and for that, I will continue to play the game.
1999 US Open Champion
If you’ve said any of the following:
“I want to learn how to play golf”
“I’m not that good”
“I don’t want to embarrass myself”
“I want to play, I just don’t have anyone to play with”
“I love playing golf!”
…then this tournament is for you.
The Practice Round is not your average golf tournament. It’s designed to attract, those who are curious about golf, the beginner and the intermediate golfer. I’ve created an opportunity for everyone to have a fun, low-pressure golf experience in a real tournament format. If you are a young professional, female or minority, then consider this your formal invitation to play in The Practice Round.
Golf is what I call a “transferable skill” for anyone working in corporate America. Knowing how to play or just being comfortable on a golf course can give you a competitive advantage with your colleagues and bosses in a professional setting. Beyond that, golf is fun…really, really fun. So, join me on my journey to introduce more people to the world of golf, you’ll have a great time…I promise.
The Practice Round – A Golf Tournament Experience for Everyone
September 14, 2014
Silver Lake Country Club, Orland Park, IL
Tickets Available Soon