18TH Annual Original Tee Golf Classic Presented By BMW Sunday, July 23rd in Hamburg, N.J. – NFL Legend Doug Williams to be Honored

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On Sunday, July 23rd the nation’s premier celebrity/amateur golf tournament, The 18th Original Tee Golf Classic (OTGC) presented by BMW, will return to the Wild Turkey Golf Club in Hamburg, N.J. Created to celebrate both the history and contributions of African Americans in golf, OTGC presented by BMW also raises funds for causes such as the PGA REACH and PGA Junior League Golf, which provide opportunities for diverse junior golfers to participate in the PGA Jr. League.

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Doug Williams, Senior VP of Player Personnel, Washington Redskins (Honoree)
Aaron Brooks, Former QB New Orleans Saints
Carl Banks, Super Bowl Champion from NY Giants, President of GIII Apparel
Danny Meiseles, President NBA Entertainment
Dres of the musical group Black Sheep
Jason Jackson, Sportscaster, TV Host and Court Side Reporter for Miami Heat    
John Starks, former NY Knicks AllStar player
Luther Campbell, Recording Artist and Entrepreneur
Roland Martin, Journalist and TV Host on TV One
Troy Mullen, Women's Long Drive Champion

Sunday, July 23rd

Wild Turkey Golf Club - Hamburg, N.J.        

10:00AM - Clubhouse opens
12:00PM - Full Shot Gun start
1:00PM - Nine-Hole Youth Golf Competition & Original Tee Garden Party
2:00PM - PGA Golf Clinic
7:00PM - Awards Dinner hosted by TV Host Jason Jackson

This year, OTGC presented by BMW is honoring Doug Williams, and the 30th anniversary of him becoming the first African-American starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Williams also became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half. Bill Rhoden and Aaron Brooks will present Williams with this year's "True Original Award" at the evening dinner hosted by TV Host Jason Jackson.

Additional celebrities and influencers participating include Luther "Luke" Campbell, Carl Banks (NY Giants), Keith Clinkscales (Founder, The Shadow League), Len Burnett (Publisher, UPTOWN Magazine), Lamell McMorris (Founder and CEO of Perennial Strategy Group), Stacy Hightower (COO Omnicom Agencies), Jeffrey Johnson (President of ParrGlobal, Co-founder of Cingular Wireless), Bill Rhoden (Noted NY Times Best Selling Author and Former NYT columnist) and OTGC founder Wendell Haskins.

Media interviews are available on-site.

Proceeds from the OTGC will go towards the Original Tee Junior Golf League of PGA Jr. League Golf.

OTGC 2017 sponsors include BMW, National Basketball Association (NBA), Tanqueray 10, Ciroc, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, Dick’s Sporting Goods, New York Wins, Delta Airlines and Times Square Communications.

For guest registration, visit http://www.originaltee.com.

To request press credentials, contact Shaherra Rolen (srolen(at)kree8fans(dot)com; 770-873-3476) Shuttle service will be provided for press.                    

Original Tee, Inc. was founded by Wendell J. Haskins --Director of Sports and Entertainment Relations at PGA of America -- with a vision of paying homage to African American pioneers in the sport of golf. The company name and first product - the "Original Tee-Shirt" - was inspired by Dr. George F. Grant, the African American inventor of the golf tee. Original Tee's core objectives are preservation of the game of golf, educating on the history of minorities in golf, celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans in golf and instructing and developing a pipeline of new golf enthusiasts - especially youth. Original Tee's competitive advantage is grounded in its broad reaching relationships within the entertainment and sports industries. The growing popularity of golf among African Americans, coupled with market understanding, provides a broad platform of opportunities for Original Tee within the leisure sports and the lifestyle brand marketplace including apparel, merchandising, event management and promotional partnerships. The Original Tee Golf Classic (OTGC), our premier golf tournament, is one of the cornerstones of the company and enables us to contribute to causes and initiatives whose goals and commitments match our own.

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