The Bill Dickey Invitational History

In 1984, William “Bill” Dickey founded the National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association for the purpose of promoting minority golf junior programs. His vision was to create a national organization that focused on enabling interested youth at an early age, to receive a high level of exposure; primarily, to learn the fundamentals and character-building principles of the great game of golf through high school and at the collegiate level. In 2005, the NMJGSA was renamed the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association [BDSA] to honor Dickey’s contributions and legacy of service.

The William "Bill" Dickey Invitational (BDI), annual event is sponsored by the Phoenix-based BDSA and its generous sponsors, individual donors and members. The BDI was launched in 2000 in Orlando, Florida at Disney World. The event then relocated to Alpharetta, Georgia at the Golf Club of Georgia [GCOG] June of 2009 – June 2014. In 2015 the event moved to The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Florida and has remains at that location. The leadership team of GCOG and the BDSA Board of Directors’ vision propel the growth and development of highly talented juniors from across the United States.

  • The BDI is a three-day tournament event
  • Participate by invitation only
  • Top, highly competitive junior girls and boys compete [single digit handicaps]
  • Age Group 12-18 years
  • Majority of the juniors maintain 3.0 GPA or above

In 2015, even in the midst of a restorative economy, corporate and individual donations were increased to support Bill Dickey's vision to sustain his legacy of assisting junior golf-scholars to succeed in their quest for a college education through the BDI. We'd like to thank Bill & Pamela Donan and Gourmet Services, Inc. for their Dickey’s U.S. Open Major Plus and Dickey's Major Sponsorships. We'd also like to thank Southern Company and the Payton Family Foundation for their Dickey's Masters Sponsorships.

The BDI is a premier 36-hole junior golf championship that also features a Junior Am/Corporate Challenge. In partnership with the Professional Golf Association [PGA], champions of both the boy’s and girl’s divisions will receive exemptions into the prestigious PGA Junior Championship.

The BDSA’s partnership with The American Junior Golf Association [AJGA] will award BDI Champions and top winners (five from boys and three from girls) AJGA Performance Stars.

In accordance with the mission of the BDI is to identify college scholarship candidates and to provide and internationally-recognized and highly-competitive venues for the country’s top minority junior golf talent. Junior golfers will participate in plenary sessions and leadership workshops that will expose them to a variety of personal and professional mentoring, networking opportunities and life skills training to help them to succeed in school and in the future. They will meet with BDSA scholars and alumni, golf industry professionals and corporate executives. Proceeds from the Bill Dickey Invitational will fund minority student scholarships.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding junior golfers and will continue to encourage their development through hosting prestigious events like the BDI at world-class facilities like the courses at The Golf Club of Georgia to showcase their talents,” said William “Bill” Dickey, the late founder of the BDSA. In August 1999, he became the first African American to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Dickey was widely known for stimulating and encouraging young people to pursue and achieve academic excellence and to qualify for college scholarships through the sport of golf.

Since 1984, through his efforts, the financial contributions from numerous corporations, organizations and individuals, have made it possible to financially assist over 1,000 college bound students in excess of $3.6 million dollars. It was Bill Dickey’s hope that one day BDSA Alumni would reach back and assist the BDSA youth with their skills, talents and financial contributions that come behind them.