African American Golfer’s Digest and the United Black Golfers Association Partner to Bring Vital News & Information to UBGA Members.

August 28, 2014—NEW YORK (NY) — The United Black Golfers Association, Inc. (UBGA) a 501(c)3 social organization based in Laurelton (Queens), New York and the African American Golfer’s Digest, the nation’s leading publication and online portal for Black American golfers have aligned their resources in a partnership that will provide news and information for UBGA member all year long.


The UBGA officially incorporated in March 2014 and launched for the purpose of forming an association to provide opportunities for golfers and individuals (men and women) who are interested in the game of golf to meet and engage in activities that promote unity, personal growth and enrichment through the sport of golf.


“I am excited about this unified front with the United Black Golfers Association and our national publication,” said Debert Cook, publisher of the 11-year old print magazine that is a PGA of America Diverse Supplier and serving 80,000 readers with each issue.  “Together we can spread the good news and growth of people of color across the nation and across the world.”


Lead by President Vernel Bennett, a native New Yorker, the UBGA has rapidly attracted the attention of local, and international golfers, of African descent who have expressed an interested becoming active participants.  Bennett attended NYC Community College and The Bernard M. Baruch College earning an AAS in Accounting and a BBA in Management, respectively.  He is a licensed Certified Financial Planner (Adelphi University) with over 20 years of private practice and a licensed Investment Broker.

“UBGA will be used as a conduit through which members will have an opportunity to show their good will and support through fundraising endeavors. Proceeds raised will be used to benefit students in their pursuit of higher education and support other not-for-profit organizations, charities and groups engaged in activities geared towards the betterment of the health and welfare of our community as determined by UBGA, ” says Bennett.


From 1975 until his retirement in 2011, Bennett worked in the government sector, ending his career as a Supervising Sales Tax Auditor for the NYC Department of Finance. He is married and lives with his wife Delores in Laurelton, NY.  He has two sons and two grandchildren. Bennett has golfed for the past seven years with an average score of 92-96


UBGA Officers include Jacques Léandre (Vice President), Handel J. Edwards (Treasurer), Julet Barton (Secretary), Corbett Garrett (Sergeant-At-Arms).

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