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Daughter of HBCU grads on current  issue of African-American Golfers Digest

By Hal Lamar Contributing Writer | 8/2/2013, 6 a.m.
Bria Sanders, the 17-year-old golfing phenom from Atlanta, is gracing the summer edition cover of African-American Golfers Digest, which is ...
Bria Sanders, 17

Bria Sanders, the 17-year-old golfing phenom from Atlanta, is gracing the summer edition cover of  African-American Golfers Digest, which is mailed to 80,000 subscribers.

Sanders, the daughter of HBCU graduates Michael Sanders (Tuskegee) and Sharon Sanders  (Morris Brown), moved with the family to Memphis, Tennessee several years ago  and has made giant-sized strides in golf since then.

She’s appeared on several  TV shows there and has won, placed or showed in just about every major amateur tournament in the country. Her academic prowess and golf potential landed her a scholarship to the  prestigious Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, South  Carolina.

“That school has done wonders for Bria, “ said her proud father. “ She has learned four languages and maintained a GPA of 3.85.”

Nearly 20 universities are recruiting the rising high school senior to come and play for their college programs. Her father indicated that she’s leaning toward the Savannah College of Art and Design due to its current No. 1 ranking nationally and because of its world-renowned academic curriculum.

Besides eventually earning her place on the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, Sanders hopes to launch a career as a fashion designer after college.

She began playing golf at the tender age of three. With her father’s nurturing and coaching, she rose up through the amateur ranks; first while enrolled at Atlanta’s Centennial Place Elementary and then at Memphis schools before being brought into the Haney Academy fold.

“I predicted many years ago that she was the equivalent of a female Tiger Woods,” Mike Sanders said.

That’s why many of her peers and even a sportswriter or two predict that within four years, Bria Sanders will not only have her official LPGA professional card but she’ll have more magazine covers to her credit as well.

Visit www.africanamericangolfdigest.com for a copy of the current edition.