Mass Golf Celebrates Black History Month - MASSGOLF


four-part series to highlight mass golf members


NORTON, Massachusetts – This year Mass Golf will celebrate and honor Black History Month with an original video series. The scheduled four-part series will feature interviews each week in February, highlighting golfers from across the Bay State.

Representative of a diverse community of black golfers in Massachusetts, these individuals will share their personal history with the game of golf and their journey in the game. Additionally, the interviewees will discuss some of the challenges they’ve faced and ways the golf community can help make the game more inclusive and welcoming for all.

This series will help empower our community to celebrate and understand black history while also educating in order to create compassion. In past years, Mass Golf has used Black History Month to highlight other major events/figures such as:

  • Stow Acres CC (formerly Mapledale CC) hosting the first ever National Black Men’s Championship in 1926
  • Dr. George Grant, a dentist in Boston who invented the golf tee
  • John Shippen, the first black golfer to play in a U.S. Open, competed in his final U.S. Open at The Country Club in 1913.
Mass Golf’s Black History Month video series is set to begin on February 3, 2022.

Kolby Smith, one of the featured golfers in this series, and teacher at one of Mass Golf’s First Tee facilities, spoke during his interview about how the golf community can help make the game more inclusive.

“As a whole, people should be more inviting, more open, to have these conversations. In order for us to get to that next step, we have to just have the conversation.”


Kolby Smith – Coach, First Tee Massachusetts


Dr. James Cash – Senior Associate Dean, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, Boston Celtics Board Member & Proud Member of The Country Club


Debra Watson – Founder of the Fairway Ladies

Derek Fowler & Derek Tavares – Members, Birdies 4 A Change

Through the work of Mass Golf’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, and the staff-run Equity Change Team group, the organization has prioritized the importance of diversity equity & inclusion. The organization is focused on creating change through education and compassion by operationalizing D,E & I internally and externally. With the help of Coaching Peace Consulting, a leader in organizational training, Mass Golf aims to better serve the golf community in Massachusetts and its membership.


Mass Golf is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing golf in Massachusetts by building an engaged community around the sport.

With a community made up of over 100,000 golf enthusiasts and over 360 member clubs, Mass Golf is one of the largest state golf associations in the country. Members enjoy the benefits of handicapping, engaging golf content, course rating and scoring services along with the opportunity to compete in an array of events for golfers of all ages and abilities

At the forefront of junior development, Mass Golf is proud to offer programming to youth in the state through First Tee Massachusetts and subsidized rounds of golf by way of Youth on Course.

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