CHICAGO (CBS) — Steph Curry simply confirmed he is one of many best basketball gamers of all time, however he additionally has a ardour for golf. Whereas Curry won’t be among the finest golfers ever, he has helped begin a brand new tour to assist some potential future greats, and the primary cease was this week at Cog Hill in Lemont.
Shyell Lowe, 16, from Oswego East is one among over 60 younger women and boys from all around the nation teeing it up at Cog Hill this week for the inaugural cease on Steph Curry’s new Underrated Golf Tour.
“I used to play basketball after I was in center college. So I used to be like, ‘ooh, Stephen Curry is doing this.’ That is a great matchup of each the sports activities I like,” she mentioned. “I did not even know stuff like this existed, so I feel it is a actually good alternative for me and different individuals to play.”
That actually is the aim of this new golf endeavor, to supply alternatives, particularly for these underserved and underrepresented within the sport of golf.
“Underrated just about is a byproduct of the place he [Steph Curry] is from. He represents the underrated. Underrated began out as a basketball tour. The messaging of underrated is giving energy and notoriety to the underdog,” mentioned Underrated Golf Tour ambassador Will Lowery. “A very powerful is to extend the participation numbers. You understand, when you concentrate on the sport of golf on the introductory stage, 17% of Black and Brown youngsters are on the illustration, however whenever you get to the upper ranges, collegiate golf, it is lower than 2%. So what do we’ve to do to extend that aggressive stage of golf? And I feel having a feeder system akin to this will do exactly that.”
Serving to that trigger, the tour covers all bills for the golfers chosen to play. That is the primary of 5 stops on the tour this yr; with journeys to Phoenix, Tampa, Houston, and San Francisco on the horizon.
“I am tremendous excited, as a result of I have never been to plenty of the locations; like Texas. So I am actually excited to go to Houston and Arizona and Tampa. And there is going to be faculty coaches in every single place, so it will likely be enjoyable to have that type of publicity to totally different locations, and know that these locations might be on my radar for universities,” Lowe mentioned.
Lowe desires to return out on this tour and have her personal success, in fact, however she additionally hopes others may be inspired by what she’s doing.
“Inspiring different Black individuals, or women typically, and to indicate them that regardless that you could be a minority in a sure sport, or one thing like that, you possibly can nonetheless rise to the highest and change into the best,” she mentioned.
Rely Lowery amongst these amazed at how a lot these younger golfers, like Lowe, appear to already get what it takes to succeed.
“Superb just isn’t the phrase. It is one other title for it. I am unable to describe it, however these youngsters, I am studying a lot already simply from their competitiveness, the drive. I simply love the actual fact, what they’re doing; they already get the ‘it’ portion of it,” Lowery mentioned.
So what’s Lowe’s final aim with golf?
“I feel my final aim could be to change into professional or go to a high college college, and simply be capable of discover and journey and meet new individuals and make new connections,” she mentioned. “I feel this may assist so much.”
The occasion at Cog Hill wrapped up on Thursday.