Our History (formally the Ebony Ladies Golf League)
The Ebony Ladies Golf League was established in 1997 in Youngstown, Ohio with 14 charter members who had just started to play golf. The idea and dream came about from one of its founders and president, Brunilda Turner, who resides in Youngstown. Its first membership drive was held locally in September 1997 at the Wick Pollack Inn and subsequently its second membership drive in February 1998 at the Youngstown Club. The membership included ladies living in Youngstown, Warren, Cleveland, Columbus and Pennsylvania. In March 1998, a second chapter was formed in Columbus, Ohio with seventeen charter members. The first meeting was held at the Martin Luther King Library. In May 2003, we organized our most recent chapter in Texas. The Texas Chapter consists of members from various areas in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
After Brunilda's experiences with the Executive Women Golf Association who held a local membership of over 150 women and 8000 nationally she was inspired that minority women could also be successful. With the help of experienced golfers, friends, family and the word of mouth the membership reached 100 new golfers in Youngstown, Cleveland and Columbus for the first year.
The Ebony Ladies Golf League organized golf lessons with Paul Tessler, PGA in Newton Falls, and Gerry Hammond Jr., PGA in Columbus, Ohio for their new golfers in respective locations. Anne Cobbin, First Vice President organized golf clinic with Renee Powell, LPGA/PGA, head golf pro at Clearview Golf Course in East Canton, Ohio.
Once organized as a league with over a 100 members we joined the Midwest Golf Association in 1998 under the leadership of the President, Dennis Morgan, in Detroit, Michigan. The Midwest Golf Association is one of the oldest black golf organizations which was established in the 1950's. Its membership covers Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio and provides on-going mentoring and support of the Ebony Ladies Golf League.
The Ebony Ladies Golf League held its First Annual 36 hole golf tournament on June 10th and 11th, 2000 at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. The Ebony Golf Classic was well attended by golfers (men and ladies) from Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, West Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.
In 2004, the various chapters sponsored its first annual "Rally for a Cure" event as an effort to promote breast cancer awareness by partnering with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This tournament, now called the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure is now an annual event.
The goal to create an Ebony Ladies Golf League scholarship program for high school seniors, is now a reality; and the annual "Rally" tournament not only benefits Komen organization, but also the Ebony Ladies Golf & Youth Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organizaation. Membership continues to increase in all chapters.
1997 Established in Youngstown, OH
1998 Chapter formed in Columbus, OH
1998 Membership reached 100
1998 Joined Midwest Golf Association
2000 Held 1st Ebony Ladies Golf Classic
2003 Chapter formed in Texas
2003 Brunilda Turner, Founder, inducted into Ebony Lifeline Hall of Fame
2004 Participated in RALLY FOR A CURE tournament
2004 Ebony Ladies Golf and Youth Foundation established
2005 Featured in African American Golfer's Digest
2006 Featured on RALLY FOR THE CURE website
2006 Featured in Susan G. Komen National Wrap-up advertisement for RALLY FOR THE CURE
2007 Featured in Golf For Women magazine, and national newspapers for RALLY FOR THE CURE campaign
2007 Volunteered in LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program
2008 Ebony Ladies Golf and Youth Foundation awarded one-year matching grant from USGA