Grow The Game

An initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the game of golf

2020 Recipients

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OUR GOALS

Raise $1.2 million

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Diversity

  • Sponsor three Black males and three Black female golfers in their pursuit to play on the highest levels of professional golf

Sponsorship

  • Selected athletes will be awarded $50,000 

Legacy

  • Celebrate the contributions of Black people in the game of golf 

 
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OUR PURPOSE

Grow the Game is an initiative established by Maurice Allen's MA360 Foundation to encourage diversity in the game of golf.
 
2020 was one of the most tumultuous years in recent history where social injustice was highlighted on a global scale. The protests that swept the nation inspired Maurice Allen to design a program that builds diversity and inclusion in the golf community, a sport historically known to have many socio-economic barriers.
 
Grow the Game endeavors to address the lack of Black men and women in the world of professional golf. This program will solely focus on sponsoring Black golfers in their pursuits of playing on the PGA and LPGA Tour, providing them with opportunities to play, as well as funding these players to compete at the highest level. In addition, the Grow the Game initiative is designed as a mentorship to support talented Black golfers, guiding them to becoming a role model for the professional golf community. This opportunity has the potential to elevate the perception of Black golfers and encourage a new level of respect and inclusion.
 
The MA360 Foundation will sponsor three Black males and three Black female golfers in their pursuit to play on the highest levels of professional golf
 
Selected athletes will be awarded $50,000 annually over 4 years.

The opportunity of Grow the Game is open to all Black men and Black women golfing professionals who are actively attempting to earn their way to the PGA & LPGA tours.

 

2020 RECIPIENTS

Jordan Bohannon

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Jordan grew up in Southfield, Michigan just outside of Detroit. At a young age he
displayed great hand eye coordination in sports and enjoyed participating in soccer,
basketball, baseball, and golf. By the age of 12, Jordan knew his main focus would
be golf. As a junior golfer, Jordan showed lots of potential. He won multiple junior
golf events in Michigan and qualified to compete in the Drive, Chip, & Putt National
Finals in Orlando, Florida at the age of 10. Improving every year, Jordan won the
Midwest Golf Association National Junior Championship which qualified him for the
2013 Junior PGA Championship. The next year, Jordan finished in a tie for first at
The Michigan High School State Finals. He nearly became the first African American
golfer in the state of Michigan to win medalist honors, losing in a 5-man playoff.
 
Jordan continued his golf career at North Carolina Central University where he
received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in
Finance. He competed on the golf team all four years achieving 17 top ten finishes.
Jordan achieved his first victory during his Junior season at the inaugural Maryland
Eastern Shore Collegiate Challenge. He would go on to achieve two more wins his
senior year at the Hampton University Invitational and BCGCA Invitational. Along
with these wins, Jordan remains the school record holder for career scoring average,
single season scoring average, and low round in relation to par cementing himself as
one of the best players in school history. 

Shortly after graduating from college in 2018, Jordan turned professional. It wouldn't
take long before Jordan elevated his game to an even higher level. After winning his
first professional tournament at the 2018 Pheasant Run Open, Jordan traveled to the
west coast to compete on the Advocates Tour. At the Advocates Tour Championship
in Los Angeles, Jordan fired a 70 in round one and a new career low of 66 in round
two in route to a tied 7th finish. Jordan would continue his success into 2019 where
he captured additional top ten finishes.

Daniel Augustus IV

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Daniel Theophilus Augustus IV, a Bermuda native, picked up golf at a very young age.
Daniel’s mom tells a story of how as a young toddler, Daniel would ball up pieces of paper and hit them around the house with a stick. Unfortunately, tragedy also struck home at an early age. Daniel’s father was murdered when he was just three years old. But it was this tragedy that opened the door to golf. A neighbor brought Daniel to a golf course one afternoon to help his grieving mother get some time alone. The neighbor discovered Daniel was a natural and the young golfer’s love for the sport began.

 

Daniel Augustus IV completed most of his education in Bermuda but graduated high school from the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He went on to attend Paine College in Augusta, Georgia where he played D2 golf and was an All-American before returning to Bermuda to continue supporting his family.


Growing up, Daniel’s mother couldn’t afford to financially support him playing the sport. But Mr. Augustus did not let financial hardships deter him. He started working at a young age to both support his mother and his love for golf. At the age of 12, Daniel worked at a grocery store as a bagger. He would play imaginary rounds of golf in his backyard where he’d pretend he was playing the course at Augusta, St Andrews or Torrey Pines against Tiger coming down the stretch.


He was eventually able to secure a position at Ocean View Golf Course in Bermuda where he worked on his game. He spent a lot of time on the putting green at Ocean View where he would challenge himself to chip and hit pitch shots from places no one had chipped from before. Mr. Augustus turned pro in 2010 but worked several full-time jobs before he was able to focus on golf full time. He has worked on construction sites, as a landscaper, and even became a chauffeur in 2017 during the America’s Cup Race where he worked 16-hour days, every day for a month to support his goals.


Daniel’s biggest dream is to be on the PGA Tour and inspire others to follow their dreams despite adversity. In fact, Mr. Augustus has his eyes on the Majors and will work relentlessly to achieve his goals. He has had to work hard to get to where he is today, and he is proud to continue that hard work to make it to the PGA Tour, not only as a regular member - but as a consummate winner.