Colbert Hills Golf Course
Academy named after Earl Woods
By John Fairman
The Kansas State University Golf Course Management and Research Foundation named its golf academy the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy.
"We are pleased to name our Youth Academy after Earl Woods who is a native son of Kansas and was born in Manhattan, Kan.," said Bob Krause, vice president for institutional advancement at Kansas State University.
"This recognition is in honor of Earl's life accomplishments including being a 1953 graduate from K-State, where he was the first African American baseball player in the Big Eight Conference, and his distinguished 20-year military career, 1954-74, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1962-63, and 1970-71."
Earl Woods, along with his son, Tiger Woods, has established the Tiger Woods Foundation of which he is the president. This foundation's purpose is to actively encourage and promote parental responsibility and involvement in the lives of children, and celebrate the spirit of inclusion in all aspects of human existence.
Krause said, "The city of Manhattan, Kansas State University, and the state of Kansas have each been enriched by having Earl Woods as a native son."
The inaugural First Tee National Academy was held at the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy July 22-29, 2000.
Fred Tattersall of Richmond, Va., a long-time supporter of youth golf development sponsored scholarships for each First Tee participant in honor of Dr. William Powell, who was the first African American to build a golf course in the United States.
"We greatly appreciate Mr. Tattersall's generous support of the Inaugural First Tee National Academy," said Tod Leiweke, executive director for the National First Tee. "It will be a true celebration of the program and the achievements of all of the youngsters participating in the program."
"Kansas State University is in the middle of our great country," Leiweke said, "and it represents a unique opportunity for young people to come from all over the United States to share in a week of activities, meaningful educational experiences, and learn skills which will help them to go back and be mentors to younger participants at the local First Tee."