Hey, yâ€™all! Iâ€™m back with an update on the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf event happening now. As I mentioned last week, AT&T has four special golf fans on hand to give us a Fanâ€™s Eye View into the greatness thatâ€™s happening. Well, Iâ€™ve been following along via social media using the hashtag #ATTPROAM and Iâ€™m so jelly (jealous). Not really though. But, Iâ€™m really loving the awesome time they are having as they spot celebs, professional golfers and raise money for nonprofit organizations. As an AmeriCorps alum, Iâ€™m all about giving back and paying it forward. Itâ€™s a must.
Now to the juicy stuff!
Last week I introduced yâ€™all to Tiffany Fitzgerald, founder of Black Girls Golf. Like Tiffany, corporate America was a love/hate relationship for me. I loved my job, but never quite fit in. As for me, I decided to leave it behind and go back to school. However, Tiffany stuck it out and decided to use golf as a way to build relationships with execs in her company. However, what started as a tool to build rapport and relationships with her co-workers turned into a ministry for her. She found her passion.
After falling in love with golf, Tiffany looked for other women in her community to share the sport with. She didnâ€™t find many thoughâ€¦.yâ€™all know Black women donâ€™t golf (myths that die hard). But, seriously, itâ€™s not that we donâ€™t golf, itâ€™s just that culturally, not many of us have been exposed to the game. Tiffany wanted to change that and she did by leaving her corporate job and founding Black Girls Golf, an organization dedicated to teaching the sport to Black women.
Check out this short video to learn more about Tiffany and her mission to dispel myths about Black women and golf.
Awesome, right? As a golf lover, I only watch. I never really gave it serious thought about playing the game. If you remember, last week I told you that we didnâ€™t even have golf courses in our community. Well, I was actually wrong. As a child, I remember seeing this large green field, well manicured and sometimes occupied. However, I never thought to ask what it was. And it was in walking distance from my grandmotherâ€™s house. It was a golf course. I didnâ€™t realize it until I was grown and had started to watch golf.
As an adult, all I can think of are the missed opportunities to cultivate a new sport in my life. I played softball in high school, but golf is its own game. Thereâ€™s just something about the discipline of it that makes it attractive to me. Not to mention, I just put the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament on my 2016 calendar to attend. Yes, itâ€™s a new goal. More so, words canâ€™t express how awesome it has been to follow Tiffanyâ€™s journey along with Katie, Tim and Dan. They have been keeping us abreast of all the happenings and then this happened.
â€” Jena Atchison (@aggiejena) February 10, 2015
Yes, thatâ€™s former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and Tiff. My heart melted and I cried. This is a true testament to the things that can happen when we follow our passion and take risks. Yâ€™all know I love me some Condi. She is one of the smartest women alive. I guess I shouldnâ€™t have been surprised she was there, since she is an avid golf player and fan. Of course there were other celebrity sightings, too. Do you recognize this man?
â€” Loudmouth Golf (@LoudMouthGolf) February 13, 2015
Yes, thatâ€™s Bill Murray there. Heâ€™s bringing those coins in for charity.
For more pictures and a Fanâ€™s Eye View into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament, follow the hashtag, #ATTPROAM and the featured AT&T fans on Twitter at@BlackGirlsGolf,@TheDanPlan, @KTHorsford and @TimLangGolf. They will keep you in the know.
Of course Iâ€™ll be tweeting, too. Follow me atÂ @NotoriousSpinks.Â for more news and special updates with the hashtag #ATTPROAM and #ATTBLOGGER.
Are you a golf fan? Who are you cheering for to take home the title this year? Share in the comments below.
This post is in partnership with AT&T celebrating 30 years of the #ATTPROAM.