Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic Brings Pros to Eastern Shore
Art Shell (Photo: UMES)
By Bethany Hooper PRINCESS ANNE, Md.– The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will host its annual Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic Wednesday, bringing in many sports professionals and celebrities to raise money for the PGA Golf Management Program.
The PGA Golf Management Program at UMES prepares students for the golfing profession, being one of only 19 colleges to have a PGA-related major. The money raised for the program will go toward scholarships, operational support and awareness, according to UMES Executive Vice President Kimberly Conway Dumpson.
“We are looking to expand our role in the [golf] industry and diversify,” Dumpson said. “Only a small fraction are women and minorities.”
Among the celebrities playing are professional golfer James Black and international long drive competitor Maurice Allen, who holds the 2012 Guinness World Record for the fastest golf drive of 211 mph.
College Football Hall of Fame recipients Art Shell, Emerson Boozer, Roger Brown, Lydell Mitchell and Bruce Taylor will also attend the Classic, along with NFL players Raleigh McKenzie, Clarence Vaughn, Earl Christy, Erik Williams and Cornell Gordon, according to Dumpson.
The event started in 1991 when Shell and Golf Academy Director and head coach of the golf team Marshall Cropper decided to get the community and its youth involved.
“We were doing [the event] independently,” Cropper said. “Then the university came on board…and gave us a little more exposure and positive exposure to helping young people.”
The university continues to work with the youth through tournaments and clinics, according to Cropper.
Allen will host a long drive exhibition at 7:30 a.m. at the Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md., with tee off at 8 a.m.
Registration for participants costs $200 per person or $750 for a group of four. Prices include a pre-game social event Tuesday, food and drink and an awards dinner. Spectators can buy tickets for $50.