GOLF 20/20 is committed to increasing participation specifically as it relates to ethnic and gender diversity. The Diversity Task Force was created to address that issue, and has been actively involved in seeking opportunities to create greater diversity in the game and business of golf in four areas:  recreational play, competitive play, careers in golf and suppliers to the golf industry.

Members of the Diversity Task Force are listed below:

  • Dr. Michael Cooper, Chairman

    Dr. Michael Cooper serves as Chairman of the GOLF 20/20 Diversity Task Force. He has worked in the golf industry for more than 35 years, including Director of Southeast Regional Affairs with The First Tee, and Director of Diversity for the World Golf Foundation.<...

  • Sandy Cross, Vice Chair, PGA of America Senior Director of D&I

    A member of the PGA of America staff since 1996, Sandy serves as Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, advancing the organization's commitment to education and training onThe Fundamentals of Diversity & InclusionandThe Language of Inclusion™,workforce diversification, supplier inclusi...

  • James Beatty, African American Golfer's Digest

    James Beatty is the Executive Editor of the African American Golfer's Digest, the nation's leading print publication and online portal for black golfers in America. Beatty previously served as a member of its Editorial Advisory Board, since May 2010. 
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  • Kenneth Bentley, Advocates Pro Tour

    Kenneth Bentley is the President & Executive Director of The Advocates Pro Tour, a vehicle that seeks to help propel more African Americans to the PGA Tour. Furthermore, the mission of the Advocates Pro Tour is to bring greater diversity to the game of golf by developing A...

  • Katie Brenny, First Tee of Metropolitan New York

    Katie Brenny is Senior Director of Player Development for The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, where she has successfully implemented organization wide competitive golf strategies and leads the Chapter's programs in Essex County, New Jersey.  This model youth...

  • Dr. Bill Crouch, Crouch & Associates

    Dr. Bill Crouch is the founder of Crouch & Associates - an organization that aims to help fundraisers maximize philanthropy through awareness, preparations and passion.

    Dr. Crouch honed his fundraising skills as a development director at various colleges in the So...

  • Earnie Ellison Jr., Ellison Consulting Group, LLC

    Earnie Ellison, Jr. is the Managing Partner of Ellison Consulting Group, LLC; a diversity and inclusion consultancy headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. His primary focus is to make diversity and inclusion essential within the sports industry; leveraging inclusion to create value for ...

  • Lisa Furlong, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

    Lisa Furlong is a former newspaper sportswriter and editor who, after a detour into professional golf tournament management, joined Golf Digest more than 30 years ago. She left her position as managing editor of the magazine to live in New Hampshir...

  • David Higdon, NASCAR & Univ. of Oregon

    David Higdon topped off a six-year stint at NASCAR as the sports entity's Vice President of Marketing & Communications before driving off into the sunset. In that role, he led strategic communications and content strategy initiatives, developed integrated marketing communications prog...

  • Kris Jonasson, British Columbia Golf

    In 1990, after a career in banking and finance, Kris started in the golf industry. In 1996, he assumed the position of Executive Director of the British Columbia Golf Association. In 2004, the BCGA successfully amalgamated with the British Columbia Ladies Golf Association. The organization rebr...

  • Craig Kirby, Golf. My Future. My Game.

    Craig Kirby is one of the nation's premiere political strategists, as well as the Founder & CEO of "Golf. My Future. My Game" - an organization focused on fostering greater diversity in the game and business of golf.

    In the world of Washington politics, Mr. Kirby's thought provoking...

  • Michael Lowe, Youth on Course

    Michael Lowe is the Program Director of Youth on Course, which provides access to affordable golf, job opportunities through its caddie and internship programs, and college scholarships. He is passionate about helping transform golf into a sport with no financial, so...

  • Mark Lowry, The First Tee

    Mark Lowry is The First Tee's Vice President of West Territory and Network Management. The First Tee is globally leader in utilizing golf for youth development. Through after school and in school programs, they help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcin...

  • Erick Mitchell, George Mason University

    Erick Mitchell provides guidance and leadership to executives in various industries through his consulting firm CP Strategies, and has previously been a member of leadership teams in the higher education and government sector.

    He has an Executive MBA from Howard University, is a Certif...

  • Marc Patrick, Nike Senior Brand Director of Specialty Categories

    Marc Patrick is Nike's Senior Brand Director of Specialty Categories (Golf, Tennis and Skating). He's a 20-year veteran of the company, and leads strategic direction and integrated marketing acrosss Nike's portfolio of Speciality Categories. His main focus is leveraging the brand's best athlete...

  • Clemmie Perry, Women of Color Golf

    Clemmie Perry has worked for two Fortune 500 organizations  (Lockheed Martin Corporation and Florida Power & Light Company), where she served as the  E-Learning Training Manager for over 130,000 employees to design online content for highl...

  • Renee Powell, Clearview Golf Course

    Renee Powell was the second African-American to play on the LPGA Tour, competing in more than 250 events after joining in 1967. After leaving the LPGA Tour in 1980, she devoted her life to introducing life skills and growing the game among underprivileged children, members of the military and...
  • Gina Rizzi, Radius℠ Sports Group

    Gina Rizzi is Principal of Radius℠ Sports Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARCUS Marketing Group, LLC, which jointly released the first "Corporate Social Responsibility Report" for golf in North America. Radius℠ provides sustainability consulting within ...

  • Dr. Venita Roberson, Sports Consultants, Inc.

    Dr. Venita Roberson's expansive career as an assistant professor in Exercise and Sport Psychology afforded her the opportunity to begin a new venture and take her expertise to a higher level by working with professional athletes. Since retirement, she has launched Sports Consultant, Inc.,...

  • Robert "Rock" Robinson, West Penn Minority Jr. Golf Association

    Robert "Rock" Robinson is the President and CEO of the West Penn Minority Junior Golf Association, Inc. - established in December of 1995 as a junior golf organization whose mission focuses on using the game of golf as an instrument to educ...

  • Steven Schloss, United States Golf Association

    Steven Schloss was hired as the United States Golf Association's chief people officer in January 2014, overseeing human resources, diversity and inclusion and internal communications. He also serves as an industry change leader focused on developing the next generation of golf leaders and...

  • Nate Scott, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

    Nate is the Human Resources Director for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), a leading golf organization that since 1926 has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and world...

  • Kennie Simms, Tampa Sports Authority

    When PGA Professional Kennie Sims sees young players fascinated by golf, he remembers his own experience 47 years ago tagging along to the municipal golf course with his father and learning to swat balls at age 8. Sims grew up in Harlem, New York, falling in love with golf because his late fath...

  • Tony Starks, PGA Magazine Associate Editor

    Tony Starks is the Associate Editor of  PGA Magazine  and Editorial Director of  Golf Range Magazine. After growing up in rural Virginia, where pastimes included hitting golf balls in cow pastures, his passion of the game grew while caddying at Piedmont Dr...

  • Rick Summers, PGA Magazine CEO & Publisher

    Rick Summers is the CEO and Publisher of PGA Magazine. He is also the owner and founder of Great Golf Resorts of the World, LLC. - a publishing group based in Philadelphia, that in addition to PGA Magazine produces The Met Golfer, NCGA Magazine, contributes t...

  • Jared Williams, Golf USA Tee Time Coalition

    Jared Williams is the Managing Director of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition, a partnership between the National Golf Course Owners Association and the PGA of America.

    The mission of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition is to create a more competitive and balanced marketplac...

  • Hollie West, National Golf Course Owners Association

    Hollie West is the Director of Commerce at the National Golf Course  Owners Association, where she supervises, manages, and administers all NGCOA efforts to stimulate higher levels of business and play at golf courses.

    Hollie is an acco...