The nation’s first, private, historically Black college/university (HBCU) has a golf team on the rise. The annual Memorial Tournament held at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio proved to be a catalyst for change in the Wilberforce University Bulldog golf program.
Last weekend, Wilberforce University was selected by the Black Golf Alliance to receive $15,000 from that group’s Memorial Tournament donations and the university was gifted again by matching donations from the Memorial
Tournament. The total of $30,000 will be used for the purchase of new golf equipment and uniforms for the WU team.
“Better equipment leads to a better golfer,” said WU head coach William Ware. “We are exceptionally grateful first, to the Black Golf Alliance for selecting us to be the HBCU of their choice this year, and we have much, additional gratitude for the Memorial Tournament to give us this match.”
The donation will give the team a boost, according to Patrick Rokundo, a senior business major. “I am looking forward to the new uniforms and clubs,” he said. “It makes a strong psychological difference when you are
Rokundo was one of ten WU students who volunteered during the tournament weekend.