The Par 5 Golf Club of The Treasure Coast, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization that was formed in the City of Fort Pierce in 1970 by a group of African-American Educators and businessmen. The Par 5 Golf Club has evolved into a multi-ethnic organization with individuals from different countries. The Par 5 Golf Club have expanded into Martin and Indian River Counties. Even though golf is the link that binds our membership, our organization also provides support for communities along the Treasure Coast. Par 5 Golf Club annually funds three (3) scholarships to deserving high school seniors from the tri-county area.
Par 5 annually supports other non-profit organizations along the Treasure Coast whose mission is to uplift and support youth and other community needs. Our main purpose is to promote and provide a junior golfers program for young boys and girls from all ethnicity. Everyone is encourage to enhance their educational opportunities, build integrity, self esteem, character and improve their community. Par 5 Golf Club of The Treasure Coast, Inc. is an affiliate of Sunshine State Amateur Golfers Association Inc. (SSAGAFL). The history of the association is explain in details below.
In the early 1970’s black golfers were having problems playing organized golf in the state of Florida. In 1972, Robert Saffold of Sebring, Florida talked with several black golfers during the “Sephia Open (Pro-Am) Golf Tournament” being held in Sebring at the Harder Hall Golf Course. During this meeting, the golfers discussed the formation of a statewide organization that all black golfers could join and participate in friendly tournament competition. Included among this pioneering group of black golfers were Ed Henry, Ernest King, James Hastie, Danny Sutton, Eddie Postell, Leonard Wilson and Robert Saffold. This notable list of golfers noted that several cities in Florida at that time had established tournaments such as Tampa (Rogers Park), Jacksonville (Moncreif), Ocala (Compton #2), and Miami (North/South @ Miami Springs). They started the dialogue which led to this concept becoming a reality.
Sunshine State Amateur Golf Association (SSAGA)
The SSAGA is the only principally African-American statewide association of male and female golfers in United States. It is now comprised of thirteen (13) clubs and involves approximately 1,000 golfers of all ethnicities from Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Naples/Ft. Myers, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Ft. Pierce/Vero Beach, Titusville, Sebring, Lakeland, and St. Augustine. Through regularly scheduled tournaments, members, and associate members display camaraderie with those who love the game. The SSAGA contributes more than $800,000 annually to Florida’s economy through the hosting of local and state tournaments and other golf related activities.
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