The mission of the APGA Tour is to bring greater diversity to the game of golf by developing African Americans and other minorities for careers in golf. This will be accomplished through professional tournaments, career development and mentoring sessions.


Kevin Hall is the recipient of the 2017 Genesis Open Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and in February 2017 made his first PGA Tour start since 2006. The tournament exemption has been awarded since 2009 and is focused on “representing the advancement of diversity in the game of golf.” Past recipients include Harold Varner III (2014), Carlos Sainz (2015) and J.J. Spaun (2016).

Hall, 34, lost his hearing at age 2 due to H-Flu meningitis. A top-ranked junior player, Hall was the first-ever African American to play on a golf scholarship at Ohio State and now plays professionally on the SwingThought Pro Golf Tour and Advocates Pro Golf Tour.

See coverage of Kevin at the 2017 Genesis Open

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