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THE JOHN SHIPPEN Shoot-Out Presented by Cognizant is an 18-hole stroke play competition for Black women golfers taking place at Mountain Ridge Country Club in New Jersey on May 9. The winner of the event will be awarded an exemption into the LPGA’s Cognizant Founders Cup (May 12-May 15) in Clifton, N.J., marking a continuation of Cognizant’s commitment to supporting equal opportunity and diversity in the game of golf and beyond.



THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational, women’s tournament will return with a new location as well as earlier dates. The 36-hole stroke play competition for Black women golfers will be held June 1-2 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the home of the Meijer LPGA Classic. The winner of the event will earn an exemption into the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give (June 16–19), as well as an exemption into the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA tournament scheduled for July 13– 16 in Midland, Michigan. The SHIPPEN winner will choose a partner to compete alongside in the Dow GLBI, which is a two-player team event.



THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational presented by Rocket Mortgage, men will compete in a 36-hole stroke play competition at Detroit Golf Club July 23–24, and the winner will once again receive an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Classic (July 28-31).

“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.

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