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After A 53-Year Hiatus, Wiley College is Bringing Back Golf

Wiley College, home of The Great Debaters, has announced plans to reintroduce its men’s golf program with the addition of women’s golf.

Wiley College is Bringing Back Golf
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Wiley College, founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas, is a Historically Black College (HBCU). The men’s golf team – last competed in 1969. Wiley’s 1968-69 HBCU golf team produced an All-SWAC Conference and NAIA District 8 selection.

The new golf program will begin recruitment immediately, adding Wiley’s first-ever women’s golf.

“We are excited to continue to welcome students to the Wiley College Wildcat family who are committed to their academics and golf! We are proud of our current teams and know that the addition of new programs only strengthens the opportunity for students to access Wiley College,” shared President Herman J. Felton, Jr.

Wiley College is Bringing Back Golf

Courtesy Wiley College | Members of 1968-1969 All SWAC Golf Team; Coach Robert Kenny, Marvin Franklin, Aaron Trimble, Henry Martin, Robert Kennedy and Keith Kenner.

“Wiley College strives to make history, again, through the return of our golf program. The College’s 1968-69 team produced an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference and All-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 8 selection with alumni Henry Martin. The College has a long tradition of excellence through our academics and athletics,” said Felton, Jr.

Once the home of The Great Debaters, Wiley College is the inspiration behind the critically acclaimed Hollywood film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. The film tells the true story of Wiley College s 1935 debate team and their groundbreaking defeat of the all-white reigning national championship debate team at the University of Southern Californian – shattering racial stereotypes and overcoming adversity against incredible odds.

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