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THE JOHN SHIPPEN was established by Intersport to identify historical barriers to and expand upon Black representation in the sport of golf and create awareness, access and opportunities for persons of color in the business of sports.

The event is named after John Shippen, Jr., who was the first American-born golf professional and also the country's first Black golf professional. Shippen was bestowed PGA of America membership posthumously in 2009.

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Professionals are Black

Black Current LPGA Tour Player

Black Current PGA TOUR Players

THE JOHN SHIPPEN is a vehicle to provide opportunities that can fundamentally increase diversity in golf on a national scale. The sport of golf is an $84 billion industry with more than two million golf-related jobs. However, less than one percent of PGA of America club professionals are Black, and only four current PGA Tour players are Black. However, less than one percent of PGA of America club professionals are Black. Currently, only four PGA TOUR and only one LPGA Tour players are Black

These statistics do not reflect a lack of talented Black golfers, but rather, they reflect limited access and resources. Historical barriers for Black golfers include: affordable and consistent access to championship courses, quality golf equipment, top-rated swing coaches, sponsorship and access to funding for housing and travel.

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NATIONAL INVITATIONAL

THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out Presented by Cognizant - Women's

  • Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ - Host of the 2021 LPGA Founder's Cup
  • https://www.mountainridgecc.org/
  • Sunday May 8th: 18 -hole practice round
  • Monday 9th: 18 - hole stroke play competition round
  • Winner to receive exemption in Founder's Cup at Upper Montclair CC

THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational - Women's

  • Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI - Host of the 2022 Meijer LPGA Classic
  • https://www.blythefieldcc.org/
  • Tuesday May 31: 18-hole Practice round
  • Wednesday June 1: 18-hole stroke play competition
  • Thursday June 2: 18-hole stroke play competition
  • Winner to receive exemption in Meijer LPGA Classic and DOW Great Lakes Bay Invitational

THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational Presented by Rocket Mortgage - Men's

  • Detroit Golf Club - Host of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic
  • https://www.detroitgolfclub.org/
  • Friday July 22 - Practice round
  • Saturday July 23 - 18-hole competition round
  • Sunday July 24 - 18-hole competition round
  • Winner to receive exemption in Rocket Mortgage Classic
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NATIONAL INVITATIONAL

THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out Presented by Cognizant - Women's

  • Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ - Host of the 2021 LPGA Founder's Cup
  • https://www.mountainridgecc.org/
  • Sunday May 8th: 18 -hole practice round
  • Monday 9th: 18 - hole stroke play competition round
  • Winner to receive exemption in Founder's Cup at Upper Montclair CC

THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational - Women's

  • Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI - Host of the 2022 Meijer LPGA Classic
  • https://www.blythefieldcc.org/
  • Tuesday May 31: 18-hole Practice round
  • Wednesday June 1: 18-hole stroke play competition
  • Thursday June 2: 18-hole stroke play competition
  • Winner to receive exemption in Meijer LPGA Classic and DOW Great Lakes Bay Invitational

THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational Presented by Rocket Mortgage - Men's

  • Detroit Golf Club - Host of the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic
  • https://www.detroitgolfclub.org/
  • Friday July 22 - Practice round
  • Saturday July 23 - 18-hole competition round
  • Sunday July 24 - 18-hole competition round
  • Winner to receive exemption in Rocket Mortgage Classic
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SPORTS BUSINESS SUMMIT

THE JOHN SHIPPEN Sports Business Summit creates awareness of opportunities within the sports industry for high school and college students of color. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and scholarships from event supporters at this FREE event.

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SPORTS BUSINESS SUMMIT

THE JOHN SHIPPEN Sports Business Summit creates awareness of opportunities within the sports industry for high school and college students of color. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and scholarships from event supporters at this FREE event.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

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There are many ways to get involved in THE JOHN SHIPPEN. Becoming a partner, supporting students with internships or volunteering with the event are just a few ways to have an impact. Click below to contact us.

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