Black Women In Golf: Celebrating Renee Fluker And 20 Years Of Midnight Golf
Renee Fluker, a social worker and single mother in Detroit, and her son Jason noticed a disparity in golf. Jason told his mother about being the only person of color at his tournaments as a high school student. He encouraged his mother find a way to allow other young people to benefit from the game he loved. Twenty years later, Midnight Golf has achieved all that and more.
Midnight Golf is a prestigious after-school program targeted to high school seniors in the Detroit area. Along with golf, the program teaches essential lifeskills needed for success like sportsmanship and interpersonal skills, and provides mentors and college success coaches for each student.
Since its founding in 2001, Midnight Golf has grown from 17 students in its first class to 250 students each year. Midnight Golf partners have awarded more than $220,000 in scholarships, and 90 percent of its students go on to attend college.
What originally began as an idea between Fluker and her son has now benefited more than 3,500 kids in the Detroit area.
“I think that we can expose our kids, expose families, get them out on the golf course so they can get the idea of what this golf course is about. … Its what you put into it to make it.”