Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Golfers Helping Their Teams in NCAA National Championship Tournament

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Golfers Helping Their Teams in NCAA National Championship Tournament

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OWINGS MILLS, MD

In some respects, Madalitso Muthiya's story is similar to Tiger Woods.' Muthiya's father introduced him to the game of golf at an early age. A native of Zambia, his father would watch the British golfers play - from the woods on the edge of the course, which, because of the government's segregationist policies, was as close as Blacks could get at that time. Forgotten clubs or lost balls inevitably came home with the elder Muthiya, who would take his young son to empty fields, where they would hit balls for hours. Practice made perfect, and by the time he was 13 years old, Muthiya was the No. 1 junior golfer in Zambia.

Now, Muthiya plays for the University of New Mexico. It remains to be seen whether he and University of Southern California's Joshua Wooding will join Woods on the PGA Tour any time soon. But in the meantime, the two Black golfers are making a name for themselves. …

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