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The Calvin Peete Foundation | 2019 Awards


The Calvin Peete Foundation acknowledges the talent, futures and desires of youth who want the explore the opportunity to participate in the game of golf. Through your support, CPF gives back grants to various platforms and internally funds initiatives for young golfers and partner organizations.


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The Legend

July 18, 1943 – April 29, 2015

Professional Golfer Calvin Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 18, 1943. Toward the end of the 20th Century Peete had become the most successful African American golfer on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins and a record that would be surpassed only by Tiger Woods who turned professional in 1996 at age 20. In 1983, dubbed “Mr. Accuracy” by fellow golfers for his ability to hit the ball consistently onto the fairway, Peete hit a staggering 84.55 percent of fairways in 87 PGA Tour rounds.

In 1984, he won the Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) “Vardon Trophy,” for PGA Tour leaders with the lowest scoring average. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1983 and 1985 and among the “top 10” in the “Official World Golf Ranking” for several weeks, during the rankings’ 39-week inaugural year, 1986.

After earning his PGA Tour card in 1975, he went on to win his first tournament, the Milwaukee Open, in 1979. The following year he qualified for the Masters in Augusta, Georgia and became the first African American to win The Players Championship in Vedra Beach, Florida, five years later.

During his 20-year career on the PGA Tour, Peete finished fourth on the money list in 1982 and had two-win seasons in 1983, ’85 and ’86. His success waned in the 1990s. Between 1991 and 1995 he appeared in 21 events. His last PGA Tour start came at the 1995 Player’s Championship,

Ironically the same year that 20 year old Tiger Woods joined the professional ranks. After retiring from competition in 1995, he continued to play in the Legends of Golf Tournaments until 2009.

Calvin Peete

The Letter

Message from the Mr. Warren Barge & The Calvin Peete Foundation

Calvin Peete was my friend of over thirty years. We met at the Heritage Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina and traveled the world together. What I remember most is driving down Magnolia Lane to the Augusta National, an experience Calvin thought he was unworthy of. The Masters can be intimidating to a golfer, especially for a black man who joined the PGA Tour at an age when many stars were considered “past their prime”. Calvin kept a cool head and just looked at his golf ball and said, “Don’t bring me no bad news.” Although he never won the Masters, I remember Calvin truly believing that perhaps he could win The Green Jacket, and this was motivation enough to achieve greatness and unknowingly inspiring other young black golfers to believe the same.

Calvin was the leader in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour for 10 straight years, from 1981–1990, an accomplishment that has never been duplicated. Mr. Calvin Peete was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Calvin’s mission was always to reach back to the youth and get them involved in the game of golf. During the first annual Calvin Peete Awards, Calvin urged the attendees to push the black youth beyond even their own expectations, and to be aware that we are all examples that will shape our future.

The annual Calvin Peete Awards is a special and monumental event that acknowledges leaders and champions in their respective fields while also recognizing history and the challenges the award winners had to face to achieve their greatness. Similar to Mr. Calvin Peete and what he faced on his path to success, these awards are given to champions of their craft, those who have faced inferior circumstances and worked hard to overcome them with leadership, dedication, hard work and class.

Through the Calvin Peete Awards, The Calvin Peete Foundation is able to provide opportunities to aspiring, driven, focused and motivated youths of all skill levels to participate and develop through the game of golf. Funds raised are given to partnered charitable causes in addition to providing select junior golfers with the opportunity to play and practice golf at The Golf Club of Georgia. This monthly experience provides experiences for young children who want to learn the game, and have a desire to continue learning the game, rewarding them with competition, etiquette and perseverance. The Calvin Peete Foundation is dedicated to recognizing the deserving achievements of our community leaders while fueling the next generation of golfers from diverse backgrounds in Atlanta.

Every day, with your support and belief, I continue his message and legacy.

Warren E. Barge Jr.

2019 Schedule

Sunday, October 13th

2:00 PM
Red Carpet & Media Interviews
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Featuring Specialty Mimosa & Bloody Mary Bar

3:00 PM
The Calvin Peete Awards & Brunch
Featuring a Delicious Spread of Atlanta Themed Cuisine

3:30 PM
Awards Ceremony Musical Performance & Recognition Program

Monday October 14th

9:30 AM
Gifting & Registration

10:45 AM
Opening Ceremony & Check Presentation

11:00 AM
Shotgun Start

3:00 PM
Clubhouse Lounge Opens
Featuring Specialty Cocktails & Heavy Hors D’oeuvres

3:30 PM
Golf Tournament Awards & Closing Ceremony

2019 Award Honoree

Harold Varner

Rising PGA TOUR Star Harold Varner III will be the honorable recipient of the 2019 Calvin Peete Award. His exciting play and presence continues to capture the world’s attention and his potential to be one of the greatest players in the game is unfolding before our very eyes. Varner is credited for being powerful off the tee, he is creating an excitement that golf is thirsty for, and he is doing it with class and style. As one of just few African-American PGA TOUR professional golfers, he represents the Jordan Brand from head to toe, moving the needle around the game and golf fashion.

Varner was born in Akron, Ohio, but raised in Gastonia, North Carolina where he played golf at Forestview High School. A proud graduate and golf team member of East Carolina University, he was the first player in school history to be named Conference USA player of the year. He also competed in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

Turning professional in 2012, he played on the eGolf Tour and Florida Tour. Varner started playing on the Web.com Tour in 2014, making 13 cuts in 21 tournaments with two top-10 finishes. His best finish was T-2 at the Rex Hospital Open. He finished 30th on the money list in his first full season. He also played in two PGA Tour events, the Northern Trust Open and Wells Fargo Championship, getting a taste of what would eventually lead to a full card in 2015, finishing 25th on the Web.com Tour money list, earning a PGA Tour card for the 2015–16 season. Varner is the first African American golfer to advance to the PGA Tour via the Web.com Tour.

In December 2016, Varner earned his first professional golf victory by winning the Australian PGA Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australia and the European Tour. He is only the second American to win the Australian PGA Championship and the first since Hale Irwin won it in 1978. He also became the third black man to win on the European Tour after Vincent Tshabalala of South Africa and Tiger Woods.

Varner loves the ups and downs of the game and has learned to enjoy the lows in order to appreciate the highs, his thought process allows him to stay level as the full tour season is hectic. In May 2019, Varner was tied for second heading into the final round of the PGA Championship on Bethpage Black outside of New York City. He played in the final group with eventual champion Brooks Koepka but shot 81 in windy conditions to finish tied for 36. With his calm and charming personality, his defeats have been the results of his greatest successes.

With a big heart, Varner began the HV3 Foundation in 2018 in an effort to give back to less fortunate kids that could greatly benefit from increased access and opportunity in sport and bring awareness to the rising cost of entry and access in sports. The cost of equipment, proper coaching, and access has risen and the HV3 Foundation aims to provide financial assistance for equipment, after school programs, instruction, camps, and various other avenues where an athlete can cultivate his/her passion.

“Growing up, I experienced those same challenges first hand. I was incredibility fortunate to be able to join a youth program at my local municipal course that allowed me to play unlimited golf for $100 a summer. That $100 was not easy to come by, but was worth scraping together due to the access it afforded. As a frame of reference, that program no longer exists. In all my travels, I have noticed that affordable access opportunities are the exception and not the norm in golf as well as in many other sports. People talk about growing the game of golf and I truly believe that affordable access is the biggest obstacles for young players to overcome. I am certain if I did not have the junior program at Gastonia Municipal, I wouldn’t be playing a sport I love on the PGA Tour.”

harold varner



Price Is Per Package

  • 2 Entries to AWARDS BRUNCH
  • 1 Entry to GOLF TOURNAMENT
  • 1 Clubhouse lunch and reception
  • 1 signature gifting


Price Is Per Package

  • 4 Entries to AWARDS BRUNCH
  • 4 Entries to GOLF TOURNAMENT
  • 4 Signature Gifting


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  • $250 | Individual Awards Brunch Entry
  • $500 | TWO Awards Brunch Entries
  • $1000 | Golf Hole Recognition
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