Original Tee Golf Classic

OTGC Event Overview

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, a diverse group of golf enthusiasts, business executives, celebrities, and influencers will come together for the Original Tee Golf Classic in (OTGC) at Wild Turkey Golf Club. The Original Tee Golf Classic in New York features a competitive golf tournament, professional instruction, nine-hole youth competition, and spectator activities.

The Event

The OTGC is a premier celebrity/amateur tournament created to celebrate the African American golf enthusiast and pay homage to pioneers in the game of golf. Its vision is to bring together a culturally diverse mix of urban professionals to an exciting tournament reflecting their lifestyle preferences. This event draws golf enthusiasts from across the country, representing leaders in business, finance, entertainment, sports, and technology.

The OTGC Professional Invitational
In addition to the main OTGC tournament, the OTGC features a Professional Invitational that provides an opportunity for some of the best Black players in the country to compete for a sizable purse. This is a great opportunity for players to compete at a high level while promoting diversity and inclusion within the sport.
Group of Five at OTGC Professional Invitational Anthony Anderson and Group at OTGC Professional Invitational

The Cause
The OTGC proceeds will go towards the funding of an Original Tee Junior Golf League to participate in PGA Jr. League Golf in the PGA of America Met Section. PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring a “Little League” atmosphere to the game of golf. With teams of boys and girls, age 13 and under, PGA JLG provides a structured league environment for young golfers to compete and have fun! This is a great way to get and keep kids involved in the game.

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The Inspiration
sifford golf courseWe established the True Original Award to recognize pioneers and trailblazers in the African American community. The True Original Award honors individuals exemplifying the commitment, passion, fearlessness, and original style embodied by the first recipient, Dr. Charles L. Sifford. Sifford was also the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Wild Turkey Golf Course
With its debut in July 2001, Wild Turkey became Crystal Springs’ second Roger Rulewich design – an outstanding encore to his award-winning Ballyowen. Wild Turkey’s topography is best described as “basin & ridge.” As a uniquely designed golf course described as “basin & ridge,” Wild Turkey’s topography is its best merit. The layout’s two distinct terrain types combine the sheer expansiveness of Ballyowen with the rugged, multi-elevated nature of Crystal Springs.

Yardage: Black 7,202; Blue 6,555; White 5,942; Red 5,024
Rating/Slope: Black 74.8/131; Blue 71.4/131; White 68.7/124; Red 69.0/118
Fairways/Greens: Creeping Bent Grass
Roughs Type: Mixture of Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and Fescue

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of the Original Tee Golf Classic offers a unique opportunity to reach an influential group of business executives, professionals, athletes, celebrities, and consumers who incorporate golf into their lifestyle. Partnering with Original Tee aligns your brand with a highly successful and established event that attracts a sought-after consumer segment. OTGC participants are, on average:

Affluent — Average Household Income of $150k+
Early Adopters — They Like to Try Products & Services That Aren’t Readily Available to the Masses
Influential — Their Opinions Are Valued by Their Peers & Others
Entrepreneurial — They Own, Build, & Run Enterprises
Tech Savvy — from the Latest Gadget to Social Media

Sponsorship allows you to share in our vision of preserving the history of contributions to the game, inspiring and educating young golfers, donating to causes we believe in, and continuing our legacy. Learn about some of the Causes & Initiatives the Original Tee supports. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a limited and exclusive basis. Details are available upon request.


Tournament Day Schedule

10:00 A.M.
Original Tee Clubhouse Opens
Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop Opens for Haircuts
Original Tee Marketplace Opens Featuring Original Tee & PGA Apparel,
Golf Products, & Accessories
Registration for Players & Spectators in the Rotunda
Red Carpet Photo Procession

12:00 P.M.
Full Shotgun Start
Wild Turkey Golf Course – Team Play Two Person Scramble

1:00 P.M.
Nine-Hole Youth Golf Competition
Original Tee Garden Party (Featuring Original Tee & PGA Products, Showcase for Sponsors, Auction Items, Food & Music)

2:00 P.M.
Golf Clinic — PGA Professionals

7:00 P.M.
Awards Dinner
Presentation of Awards in the Emerald Ballroom
Best-Dressed Award
True Original Honoree Presentation

Nine-Hole Youth Competition
The nine-hole youth competition with PGA professionals is a youth golf tournament which features:

27 Junior Golfers / 9 Threesomes Each Paired with a PGA Professional in a Nine-Hole Scramble Competition
A Fun Golf Experience Open to Boys & Girls
Unintimidating Scramble Format for All Junior Skill Levels
A Chance to Win Prizes & Surprises
Interaction with Sports Legends & Positive Role Models

Past Participants
The Original Tee Golf Classic unites the worlds of entertainment, sports, fashion, and technology and attracts golf enthusiasts who play a significant role in shaping and steering popular culture. You may call them legends, icons, pros, pioneers – we’re glad to call them Friends of the OTGC. Friends and participants in the OTGC include:

  • Anthony Anderson (Actor)
  • Tatyana Ali (Actress)
  • Carl Banks (Former NY Giants Linebacker)
  • Lem Barney (NFL Hall of Famer)
  • Bill Bellamy (Actor/Comedian)
  • Luther “Luke” Campbell (Entertainer)
  • Keith Clinkscales (SVP/GM ESPN Publishing)
  • Lyor Cohen (Chairman, Warner Music Group)
  • Maurice DuBois (CBS2 News Co-Anchor)
  • Stephanie Elam (Correspondent, CNN Business News)
  • Julius “Dr. J” Erving (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • George “The Iceman” Gervin (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • John Graves (President/COO, Graves Ventures)
  • Jemele Hill (ESPN Analyst)
  • Beverly Johnson (Super Model/Entrepreneur)
  • Sam Jones (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • Kedar Massenburg (President, Kedar Entertainment)
  • Pete McDaniel (Sr. Writer, Golf Digest)
  • Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • Alonzo Mourning (NBA Hall of Famer)
  • Iain Page (Co-Anchor, Fox 29, Philadelphia)
  • Renee Powell (LPGA, PGAProfessional)
  • Rosie Perez (Actress/Director/Producer)
  • Julian Phillips (Fox Anchor)
  • William C. Rhoden (Author/NYT Sports Columnist)
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Actor/Director/Producer)
  • Rory Sparrow (Retired, NY Knicks)
  • John Starks (Retired, NY Knicks)
  • Ed Sussman (CEO Buzzr / Prev. INC.com Magazine)
  • Andres “Dres” Titus (Blacksheep)
  • Chris Webber (Golden State Warriors)
  • Herb Williams (Asst. Coach, NY Knicks)
  • Malik Yoba (Actor)


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