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Back on the tee: THE PLAYERS to announce a $50,000 donation to help reinstate women’s golf program at Edward Waters College


Women’s golf is back on the tee at Edward Waters College (EWC). Florida’s first private Historically Black College and University (HBCU) is reinstating its women’s golf program in 2022, fueled by a $50,000 donation from THE PLAYERS Championship.

EWC and THE PLAYERS will make the announcement during a press conference on Monday, May 3, at 1 p.m. on the campus of EWC (Adam-Jenkins Complex). Leadership from both organizations will be in attendance.

With Monday’s announcement, EWC will become one of only two HBCUs in Florida to offer a dedicated women’s golf program. THE PLAYERS’ grant will help EWC recruit and select a coach, fund student-athlete scholarships and assist with overall operational expenses as the program plans for its 2022 launch date.

Media are invited to attend the press conference in person, and the general public can tune in to the live-streamed press conference, to be distributed via EWC’s social media channels.


  • Jared Rice, Executive Director, THE PLAYERS; Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President and CEO, EWC; Dr. Paul A. Bryant, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, EWC 
  • Other attendees to include: THE PLAYERS 2021 Tournament Chairman Matt Welch; several past tournament chairmen (Red Coats); EWC trustees and cabinet members; PGA TOUR executives


Monday, May 3

  • 12:45 p.m. –  Media arrive at EWC gym 
  • 1:00 p.m. – Press conference begins  
    • Remarks from EWC’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Paul A. Bryant 
    • Remarks from THE PLAYERS Executive Director Jared Rice, followed by check presentation
    • Remarks from EWC President and CEO Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.
  • 1:20 p.m. – Opportunity for 1-on-1 interviews with speakers and leaders
  • 1:45-2:30 p.m. – THE PLAYERS and PGA TOUR representatives to receive tour of athletics facilities; media are invited to join and capture broll


Edward Waters College 

Adam-Jenkins Complex

1859 Kings Road

Jacksonville, Fl 3209

Parking is available on the right side of the building when entering from Kings Road.


EWC is located 30 minutes from the PGA TOUR’s flagship property and global home. The College’s women’s golf program was first introduced in 2007 and was discontinued in 2015 following budget and program challenges. As part of EWC’s newly adopted strategic plan, the College is reengineering its Division of Athletics to prioritize gender equity ratio in sports across all competition facets.  

MEDIA CONTACTS:                       

Emily Tillo, THE PLAYERS, 904-424-8572, 

Joshua Jackson, Edward Waters College,