Pioneering Golfer Elder To Be Recognized

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 23, 2008

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — The African American Empowerment Weekend (AAEW), an event that focuses on the continued education and enlightenment of African-Americans and other minorities who strive to succeed as entrepreneurs, will honor golf legend Lee Elder, the first African American to play at the Masters, at this year’s Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Golf Classic.

Also, AAEW will present three scholarships to the organization of 100 Black Men candidates. “The Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Golf Classic will honor golf great Lee Elder, as well as five young people who are focused on making a mark in the business world,” said Theresa Royal, CMP, Executive Director of AAEW.

“This event will pay tribute to a history-maker and encourage and support future history-makers and we proud to be a part of it.”

Elder broke the color barrier at Augusta National as the first African American to play at the Masters in 1975. He was also present during Tiger Woods’ historic victory in 1997.

He’s combined for 12 victories on the PGA and Senior Tours, earning more than $1 million on each tour. Elder earned his first winner’s check in 1974. He became involved with golf at the young age of 9 years old. He would later become the first Black to play on a Ryder Cup team in 1979.

100 Black Men will join AAEW at 8 a.m., October 31st, at the National Golf Club at Tantallon on 300 St. Andrews Drive in Fort Washington, Md. to raise money for young entrepreneurs to use for continued education or to provide additional resources for their existing business.

“We are inviting everyone to come out and network and are challenging other organizations and businesses to support this worthy cause,” said Ms. Royal.

AAEW is a 3-day program with sessions designed to empower African-American and other minorities as they strive to become entrepreneurs, as well as assist current entrepreneurs to excel and build a lasting legacy.

The weekend includes educational seminars, workshops and panel discussions that incorporate strategies for maintaining a successful business. This event is also designed not only to allow attendees to network with other like-minded individuals, but also to educate, inspire, challenge, encourage, empower and provide legacy- building tools as they advance in business while sustaining family and health.

AAEW’s vision is for everyone to leave this event with a plan of action and purpose to guide them throughout the year.

For tournament registration, free registration to the conference and to purchase tickets to the ticketed events (The Empowerment Breakfast, Luncheon and the African Americans of Distinction Awards Gala/Masquerade Ball, Golf Tournament) visit