Cisco and The APGA Tour Partner to Bolster Diversity and Inclusion in Golf
Computer networking firm Cisco has partnered with the APGA Tour to support diversity and inclusion in golf, including the launch of the new four-event APGA Junior Series for youth boy and girl golfers from diverse backgrounds. APGA pro golfers Kevin Hall, Aaron Beverly and Olajuwon Ajanaku also joined Cisco as new brand ambassadors, as well as Michigan State University golfer Troy Taylor II.
The APGA Tour’s Aug. 11-13 event at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey will now be called the Cisco Invitational at Baltusrol. Cisco will also continue to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Billy Horschel APGA Invitational, which begins tomorrow at TPC Sawgrass with the largest purse in APGA Tour history. Cisco will offer development sessions, mentoring opportunities and networking events with business and golf industry leaders to participating golfers at both events.
Hall, Beverly, Ajanaku and Taylor II join Cisco’s golf ambassador roster that includes fellow APGA player Kamaiu Johnson, the PGA Tour’s Viktor Hovland, Brendon Todd, Keith Mitchell, Chez Reavie and Maverick McNealy, and the LPGA Tour’s Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang. Taylor II, a senior at MSU who made the Academic All-Big Ten last year, will wear Cisco’s logo during non-collegiate amateur events as part of his NIL deal with Cisco.
Cisco and the APGA have also created the Adrian Stills Award to give to the APGA player who best represents character and sportsmanship. Stills is the APGA Tour’s co-founder and was one of the last African American golfers to reach the PGA Tour through its former Qualifying School format.