African American golf history celebrated with 2018 Hall of Fame awards and inductions
West Palm Beach (CBS12) —
West Palm Beach has become the home base for African American golf history, thanks to the efforts of the African American Golf Hall of Fame, and it's founder Malachi Knowles. The Hall got even more rich with history this weekend, as the past was celebrated, and the future was recognized at the 8th annual awards dinner and induction celebration.
While the weather cancelled the annual golf tournament, 12-time PGA Champions tour winner Jim Dent was happy to inspire the future of the sport that changed his life.
"You can't keep something (just) for yourself, pass it down to somebody else," says Dent, who's a Hall of Fame member himself.
"Mr. Dent is a legend of golf," says Ethan Mangum, who was awarded Collegiate Golfer of the Year honors. "It's awesome to even be in the same conversation as him. It really gives me that drive to be a professional golfer down the line.
Knowles, meanwhile, is also heading up the efforts for the Inner City Youth Golfers Learning Center and Museum, which is slated to open in Riviera Beach next year.
The following is a list of those who were honored for their contributions to the sport of golf at Sunday's awards dinner celebration.
2018 Youth Golfer of the Year
Christyn Chanelle Carr, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA
Miracle Unique Goolsby, Arabia Mountain High School, Lithonia, GA
Stephanie Luma, Seminole Ridge High School, Loxahatchee, Fl
Julia Alexander Simon, Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans, LA
2018 Collegiate Golfers of the Year
Ethan Vincent Mangum, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Mulbe Marcellous Dillard, IV, FAMU, Tallahassee, FL
Camille Antonia Simon, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
2018 African American Golfers Hall of Fame
Daryl Dwayne Batey, PGA, Lilburn, GA
Maxine Walker Bland, Clifton, VA
Herschel V. Caldwell, Aurora, CO
Michael W. Cooper, Ph.D., Tampa, FL
Ronald M. Dumas, Cincinnati, OH
Damon Lateef Hack, Orlando, FL
Kenny Larry, Augusta, GA
Frederick H. Lightbourn, Nassau, Bahamas
Malcolm S. Rhodes, PGA, Detroit, MI
Frederick R. Sturrup , J.P., Nassau, Bahamas
Joseph L. & Shirley A. Williams, Hunington, WV