Stephen Reed has a plan. The pro golfer is an aspiring PGA Tour player, and he wants to help the next generation of minority players get there as well.
He's helping them build awareness with a new program called Destiny Golf.
And he's in town to play in the eGolf Tarheel Tour at the Savannah Quarters.
Orlando-based pro golfer and aspiring PGA TOUR professional Stephen Reed strives to achieve success in business even as he continues to find success on the golf course. Reed, who competes in next week's eGolf Tarheel Tour event at the Savannah Quarters Country Club, recently launched Destiny Golf: a product designed to bridge the gap between corporations and up-and-coming talented pro golfers in a relaxed environment through golf outings and events. Reed's goal is to build awareness of talented minority players whose dream it is to compete at the PGA TOUR level.
By combining golf destinations with unique one-on-one instruction and training, Destiny Golf provides an outlet for professional golfers to engage with business executives, receive support from other seasoned minority athletes and polish their networking skills in a business environment.
While thousands of players aspire to earn a spot on the PGA TOUR, few make it and even fewer are minorities. That's why in the midst of his personal journey, Stephen Reed, a former Texas A&M standout, has created a way to give back and support the next generation of minority golfers.
"Destiny Golf is a new channel for young golf professionals, who don't come from lavish beginnings, to meet with top business executives and others with the means to invest in their careers and affect their futures," said Reed, a native of Houston.
Through his involvement with The First Tee, Bill Dickey Foundation and other junior golf programs throughout the country, Reed has been inspired to help nurture young minority golfers and teach them to embrace and even leverage their unique status in the golf industry.
At 27, Reed has had a couple near misses qualifying for the European and PGA TOUR but continues his quest for PGA TOUR stardom with grit and determination. He has traveled the world since turning pro in 2005, recently returning from the Tour de Las Americas and Asian Tour in Thailand. He will stop in Savannah for the eGolf Tarheel Tour to work on his game before heading back to the Canadian Tour in May.
As he launches Destiny Golf, Reed is determined to be the next minority player to make a splash in the game of golf, one way or the other.
Destiny Golf is a product designed to pair up-and -coming professional golfers with top business executives providing a unique experience in a relaxed environment combining one of a kind tourist & golf destinations with one- on -one instruction and training.
Reed's goal is to build awareness of talented minority players whose dream is to compete at the PGA TOUR level. By showcasing their abilities through corporate golf outings and events, Reed hopes to bring diversity to the forefront of golf and give young players the opportunity to excel in the sport.
As a former Texas A&M standout, Reed was the first African-American golfer to compete in the Big 12 Conference and remains the first African-American to play in the Shell Houston Open in more than 20 years. Reed, who turned pro in 2005, has also played in Nationwide Tour events through Monday Qualifying and has made it to Second Stage of Q-School three times, twice in the U.S. and once in Europe.
Born in Houston, Reed caddied for his father, a local club professional, at the 2002 U.S. Senior Open. Reed received one of five National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association/ Tiger Woods Foundation Scholarships in 2000.