June 30, 2008

Native golf tour

Who knew there was a whole golf association and tour dedicated to Native golfers? Not me. But apparently there is.

ABOUT FNGAThe goal of First Nations Golf Association (FNGA) is to introduce and promote the game of golf to Indians or Natives, especially youth, throughout the United States and Canada. FNGA is committed to making social and economic contributions to Indian and Native Communities by exemplifying the rewards, honor, and integrity of golf.Invitation to playDear Native Golfer,

Competition! Challenge of a physical act or involvement to create a champion.

The First Nations Golf Association (FNGA) is honored to hold the 2008 FNGA Native Professional Golf Tour. This prestigious tour represents the Native Nations from the United States and Canada with the honor of a warrior striving to become a champion. We encourage your participation in the Professional/Amateur Events of the Professional Tour.

The Ha-Sho-Be Golf Management, Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin have taken leadership on hosting tournament events of the tour to promote the advancement of professional golf in Indian Country.

Your attendance will be marquee for the tour events designed to showcase the talents of Native American and Native Canadian Golfers. Our events will offer large purses between twenty and thirty thousand dollars. On behalf of the FNGA Board of Directors we look forward to seeing you at all of the events schedule.
Comment:  The FNGA logo is interesting but somewhat stereotypical. Any use of an arrowhead to refer to Indians is.

P.S. Update your website, FNGA! It looks like you haven't updated it since early 2007.

3 comments:

KF said...

Am I the only one who sees the utter irony in this? How much stolen land does a golf course take up?

dmarks said...

Actually, I know of fine golf courses on Native-owned land.

Rob said...

Whether the golf courses are fine or not isn't KF's point, I'd say. Yes, it's ironic that Native golfers are playing on land that once belonged to their ancestors. Going from master of all they survey to guests at the country club is quite a comedown.

Moreover, tribes sometimes build golf courses on their reservations. In other words, they spend their precious heritage on a frivolous pastime. They literally and figuratively play the white man's game. That may be an economic necessity, but it's an ironic one.