June 26-28, 2021


THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Invitational, a 36-hole competition at the historic Detroit Golf Club, will invite the nation’s top amateur and professional Black golfers to provide a platform for heightened opportunities and recognition within the sport.

The Invitational 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.

The women’s field will compete in a two-player team format, with the winning duo earning an exemption into the LPGA Tour’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (July 14–17), which is also played as a team event. The second and third place women’s teams will compete in a shoot-out for an exemption into the Cognizant Founder’s Cup (October 4-10).

The men’s field will be individual stroke play, and the winner will receive an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Classic (July 1-4).

“Golf is a multi-billion dollar industry and it lacks diversity. We’re building a platform, two events that showcase the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and golf."

Jason Langwell, Executive Director, Rocket Mortgage Classic & Co-Creator, THE JOHN SHIPPEN



Kenneth Bentley, Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour

LaJean Gould, Women in Golf Foundation

Jamila Johnson, Black Golf Coaches Association & Hollywood Golf

Jamie Taylor, Black Golf Directory

Scooter Clark, PGA REACH

Stephen Hamblin, American Junior Golf Association

Karen Peek, Lifetime LPGA Member & City of Detroit Golf

Sam Puryear, Howard University Golf Program

Anthony Ward,  Orchard Lake Country Club

Tarek "Ty" DeLavallade, United Golfers Association

Kevin Jennings, Prairie View A&M University Golf Program

Renee Powell, PGA


Sommer Woods, Tournament Lead, THE JOHN SHIPPEN & Co-founder, Woods & Watts Effect

Rock Ventures Representative - Sponsor Exemption

Jason Langwell, Executive Director, Rocket Mortgage Classic & EVP, Intersport

PGA TOUR Representative

Dow Representative - Sponsor Exemption

LPGA Tour Representative


Immersed in the tradition of the game and the fabric of Detroit, you are welcomed to this hidden gem, a beautiful setting perfect for the game of golf.

17911 Hamilton Road
Detroit, MI 48203


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.


A one-hour special about THE JOHN SHIPPEN will air on CBS leading into final round coverage of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday, July 4. Check your local listings.