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Top Juniors Shine at Second Annual Mack Champ Invitational

Alona Avery and KJ Ofahengaue with Cameron Champ
Alona Avery and KJ Ofahengaue, the 2022 MCI champs, with Cameron Champ.

Alona Avery and KJ Ofahengaue won the boys and girls titles at the second annual Mack Champ Invitational on March 20 with steady performances down the stretch under tough, windy conditions.

They beat out golfers from around the country and the world who had come together in Houston for the premier junior golf tournament for players of diverse backgrounds.

The weekend also featured a dinner reception and clinic with Cameron Champ and Sean Foley, a live-streamed broadcast with Michael Collins and Scott Walker, a concert by jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright, and the chance for players and their families to build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Head to mackchampinvitational.com to learn more about the tournament and to join our database for consideration for next year’s MCI.

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Support a Junior Golfer for #GivingTuesday

A #GivingTuesday message from our founder Cameron Champ. You can help provide a life-changing experience for a junior golfer at the 2022 Mack Champ Invitational by going to cameronchampfoundation.org/donate. #PapaChamp #WalkWithUs

Posted by Cameron Champ Foundation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Your donation will help provide a life-changing experience for a junior golfer at the 2022 Mack Champ Invitational.

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PGA Tour Features Mack Champ Invitational

During the week of the Houston Open, the PGA Tour took an in-depth look into the Mack Champ Invitational and the impact our tournament has had on diverse junior golfers like Allyn Stephens, a Houston native who will play her college golf for Texas A&M.

In addition to the video above, you can read the article on pgatour.com.

We are proud of Cameron’s commitment to giving back and proud to continue the legacy of his grandfather through this event, which will be played again March 18-20 at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston thanks to our generous partners at the Astros Golf Foundation.

We are still taking applications for the 2022 event! Apply online by Dec. 1 to be considered.

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Symetra Tour to Award ‘MVP Invite’ to Mack Champ Competitor

One player from the Mack Champ Invitational will earn a chance to play in the Symetra Tour’s Garden City Charity Classic in Garden City, KS, in April.

As part of the LPGA Tour’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in celebration of Black History Month, the Symetra Tour is offering “MVP Invites” to three tournaments that showcase minority golfers. The Mack Champ Invitational will be the first and the National Women’s Collegiate Golf Championship will be the second. The third and final event will be announced in the weeks to come.

“We are incredibly excited and grateful for the Symetra Tour’s enthusiasm in supporting our mission with the establishment of the Symetra Tour MVP Invite,” Cameron Champ said. “Having the ability to award a player in our field with an exemption to compete in the Garden City Classic is huge. That will be a fantastic experience for one of these young players and could also lead them to many more opportunities, which is exactly what we’ve set out to accomplish with the Mack Champ Invitational – opening more doors for golfers of diverse backgrounds to have the chance to succeed in this great sport.”

Read more on symetratour.com.

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Cameron, Foundation and Foothill Featured in PGA Tour Production

Here’s a great feature from PGA Tour Originals on our Foundation, our founders (Cameron and Jeff Champ), our inspiration (Mack “Papa” Champ), our junior golf tournament (Mack Champ Invitational), our home base (Foothill Golf Course), and our plans for the future.

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Golf Magazine Tells the Story of Cam’s ‘Charitable Heart’

Seeing Cameron on the cover of the July/August 2020 issue of Golf Magazine with the headline “Rocket Man” was exciting, and his tips for increasing swing speed were spot on, but we were far more inspired by this headline: “Here’s why there’s no separating Cameron Champ the golfer and the giver.”

Cameron talks in great detail about his relationship with his grandfather Mack, his dedication to our Foundation, the Champ family’s involvement with Foothill Golf Course, the Mack Champ Invitational, and much more.

“Our main focus is mentorship and schooling,” he said of our Foundation. “We give them somewhere to go to have fun with other kids, to get help with homework and to play. Golf and other sports are part of it, but not all of it.”

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Mack Champ Invitational Postponed

We are very sorry to announce the postponement of the Mack Champ Invitational, but the health and safety of our junior golfers and their families, as well as that of the broader community, is the most important thing on our minds.

Our mission to level the playing field in golf remains the same, and we are actively monitoring the situation and looking for a time to reschedule the tournament.

More information on the tournament is available at mackchampinvitational.com.

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Nike Releases ‘Grandpa Mack’ Polo

The new Grandpa Mack polo from Nike Golf represents a silhouette of the first known picture of Cameron Champ’s late grandfather playing golf, and it serves as a tribute to his life journey, quest for equality, passion for golf and the way he gave of himself to others.

Cameron is wearing this polo to honor #PapaChamp at the Genesis Invitational, and you can get one too on Nike.com. In celebration of Black History Month, 100% of the contributions will go to the Cameron Champ Foundation and our work to inspire the next generation of athletes, just like Grandpa Mack did for Cameron.

Check out the video below to learn more about the inspiration behind the shirt.

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Mack Champ Invitational Coming to Houston in March

The Cameron Champ Foundation is proud to host the Mack Champ Invitational, a new two-day tournament for the game’s best junior golfers from diverse backgrounds.

Named in honor of Mack Champ, Cameron’s grandfather who passed away in October of 2019, the tournament will focus on identifying talented diverse players as a way to honor Mack’s legacy.

The 36-hole event, for boys and girls ages 9-18, will be played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston from March 20-22, 2020.

Learn more and register to play or volunteer at mackchampinvitational.com.