PGA Links, July 18, 2011
As golf’s leading organization, The PGA of America is an industry leader in increasing the diversity of the game and business of golf. With more than 2,000 women and professionals of color and a strategic and tactical plan to grow future diversity, The PGA is making the game more inclusive and accessible than ever before.
The PGA’s focus on diversity is evident by the inclusion of specific goals for growing the participation and employment of women and minorities in the game in its strategic and annual business plans. Providing input to The PGA is a Diversity Committee which is accountable to the PGA Board of Directors. Representatives include PGA Professionals, and industry business leaders. The committee provides counsel on diversifying The PGA membership, suppliers and other business opportunities.
The PGA of America’s diversity strategy begins with the premise that in order to grow public participation among women and people of color, The PGA, its business partners and its Member Professionals must reflect the same diversity as the public they serve. Currently 14.5% of Caucasians, 13.7% of Asian Americans, 7% of African Americans, 6% of women and 5.4% of Latinos play the game. Specific programs operated by The PGA of America, as well as, alliances with other leading golf organizations including The First Tee, the Executive Women’s Golf Association and the LPGA, are designed to address this lower participation rate among women and minorities.
The PGA exercises sound practices to ensure that all individuals receive fair treatment in their desire to become affiliated with the Association and the business of golf. We encourage diversity as it leads to new opportunities to help fulfill the mission of The PGA of America.