United Airlines, PGA Tour to assist HBCU golf programs with travel expenses

Winston-Salem University golfers (from left) Chandler Parker, Kobe Wilson and Jacob Byrd, along with coach Charles Penny II, display replicas of United Airlines boarding passes. United and the PGA Tour are assisting HBCU with travel expenses.

One of the biggest expenses in golf, from the junior ranks to the PGA Tour, is travel. 

The PGA Tour and United Airlines are joining forces to help golf programs at more than 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities with travel grants to help teams get to tournaments across the country. 

United will award the teams more than $500,000 in grants, divided equally among 51 programs. Each team will receive $10,000 in travel credits, which will help an estimated 250 student-athletes and their coaches fly to tournament sites that might have been previously out of reach. 

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“Removing barriers for HBCU students to have the same opportunities given to other collegiate athletes will open doors for countless young Black golfers to achieve their dreams and for HBCU golf programs to develop to their full potential,” said United President Brett Hart in a statement.