Homecoming 1983 was the genesis of the Morehouse College Benefit Golf Tournament. The Washington Metro Area Alumni annually sponsors a "Midnight Train to Georgia." In the wee hours of the morning on October 26, 1983, on the return leg of the trip, two Morehouse men were discussing, among other topics, the dearth of scholarship funds for students.
Tommy Johnson and Mac McCoy decided that they should do more to assist needy and deserving students at Morehouse. As both were avid golfers, the idea of a golf tournament was discussed. Believing the idea had merit, they discussed it with several alumni, among them Bill Bennett, also an avid golfer. Because the response was overwhelmingly positive, an annual benefit golf tournament was born. The plan called for a format that would recognize the contributions of African Americans to the game of golf, a golf clinic that would introduce the game to novices, and a social function. Seventy-six golfers participated in the first tournament which was held on June 23, 1984, at Lake Arbor Country Club in Mitchellville, Maryland. The tournament ran from 1984 to 1998.
Through the efforts of the Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association, the spirit of the tournament was reborn via The Morehouse Golf Classic during the Morehouse vs. Howard "Nation's Football Game" on Labor Day weekend in 2011. In 2012, the Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association and Morehouse National Alumni Association DC Metro Area Chapter began collaborating in an effort to increase the potential of the tournament.
The vision of the Morehouse Golf Classic is to be a preeminent fundraising event for Morehouse College in order to produce future leaders that foster and sustain an inclusive, global civil society where justice is tempered by integrity, compassion, and courage. The funds raised provide Morehouse students with funds for scholarship and financial aid that will enable them to benefit from the unique opportunities that Morehouse has afforded African American men since 1867. This is an excellent investment in the youth and in the future of our great country. The 2016 Morehouse Golf Classic is the sixth installment of this inspirational collaboration between the Morehouse Alumni of Washington DC and Baltimore MD. Since 2011 this event has raised over $50,000 and helped numerous students enroll, remain, and finish college. Funding has come from primarily from individual Morehouse Alumni and fellow supporters. We are looking for our very first major corporate sponsor!
We invite you to join us in our efforts to raise more money by growing this tournament by playing or making a generous tax deductible donation towards the event, as both the Morehouse National Alumni Association DC Metro Chapter and the Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association are 501(c)(3) organizations.
Mac McCoy '68, one of the three founding members of the Morehouse Golf Classic
Earl is PGA Professional currently ranked by Golf Digest as One of the Best Young Teachers in America since 2016. He was selected for the first cohort of PGA Lead, which identifies young leaders in the golf industry. He has worked as Assistant Professional at the PGA Golf Club, Detroit Golf Club (Home of the PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic) and Wilmington Country Club. Earl graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he played on the golf team.
The highlight of his collegiate career was winning the National Minority Championship. Earl is also working in the Mayor’s office in Wilmington, Delaware, where he focuses on public private partnership. Earl lives by this motto “Dream big because dreams do come true”
Leland is a Complex Commercial and Civil Litigator in the Baltimore, Maryland.
He assists clients with matters involving complex commercial and civil litigation, including class action, multi-district litigation. My experience includes litigation in state and federal court for national and international companies, including pre-trial practice, motion practice, fact and expert discovery and witness preparation.
"Without a doubt, attending Morehouse College was one of the best decisions that I have made in my short life. It is hard to describe the joy I felt on that great Sunday morning in May 2013 when I walked across the stage on the Century Campus, finally becoming a Morehouse Man. The Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association and the Morehouse Golf Classic were crucial in helping me achieve that goal. On multiple occasions, the Baltimore Morehouse Alumni Association provided financial assistance to help me pay for the increasingly expensive cost of attending college. I am forever indebted to this organization."
Isaac graduated with a Psychology/Pre-Dental degree. He was in the Pre-Dental Club, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (Member) and Team Creyahtion Community Service Chairman. He grew up in Baltimore, MD, surrounded by poverty, violence, and negativity that could have easily brought him down. But because of the positive influence and great motivation from his mother, he was able to persevere and graduate Morehouse. Currently he is Vice President of The HUGS Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to molding, uplifting, and building underprivileged communities to establish positive change.
Eddie is also a Baltimore native and President of The Hawkins Foundation, Inc. (THF), which aims to become a global nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people and conditions of communities worldwide. To work towards the achievement of our mission, the core of our work currently consists of: planning to enhance and improve parks, homes and recreation centers in Atlanta and Baltimore, developing programs to implement in both Atlanta and Baltimore for youth and families to increase financial literacy, academic achievement and nutrition awareness, and planning to develop community gardens in urban neighborhoods to make fresh fruits and vegetables readily accessible.
Kendell is currently pursuing a career as a business analyst in hopes of going to get his MBA and start his own business. He is very appreciative of his time at Morehouse and the mentor-ship he received as a student, so he enjoys reaching out to give advice, mentor-ship, and help in his spare time.
MarTaze majored in Psychology Major and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Vanderbilt University. He was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. and was heavily involved on campus with organizations such as, the Glee Club (Public Relations Manager), NAACP (Chair of Political Action), and the student ambassador program.