Native collegiate golfer pursues dream of competing on PGA tour
By Sunnie Redhouse
His mother is from the Navajo reservation, near the Tuba City-Flagstaff area. And his father is Oneida/Ojibwe from Wisconsin. He is one of four children and he and his brothers were born and raised in San Bernardino where his parents have worked for over 25 years. But Webster calls the Navajo reservation his home.
Although he and his brothers spent most of their lives in their San Bernardino community they were always reminded of where they came from as they danced in powwows and visited the reservation on many occasions.
"I told myself, you know what if I was to be able to be a success, I want to come back and I want to help my people all over Navajo land," Webster said. "I want to start something, I want to start something like Tiger has. I want to help out young Navajo kids, not just Navajo kids, Sioux kids, Oneida kids and other Native kids."
Below: "Cal State San Bernardino senior Gene Webster Jr. tees off at the 2009 NCAA national men's golf championships in Blaine, Washington at the Loomis Trails Golf Club. Webster, who is Dine and Oneida/Ojibwe, finished third in the playoffs and earned All-America honors."