For the first time since the Futures Tour has been in Albany, 30 years, an African American has won. Sadena Parks of Scottsdale, AZ shot a course-record tying 62 on Sunday to come from seven shots back and win the SEFCU Championship at Capital Hills at Albany.
Parks won by one stroke to take the title and a $15,000 winner’s check. The Futures is the developmental tour for the LPGA and only one other time has an African-American won on that tour, 1998, and there have only ever been four African-Americans to play on the LPGA Tour.
“The steps that I am taking helps to influence younger African-American kids, girls and boys, and even parents that have younger kids that want them to be more involved in this game," she said.
Parks moves from 14th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list to sixth with $36,213.
“Kind of how Tiger Woods changed golf, I want to be the next African-American out there on the LPGA Tour," she said. "I want to be ranked number one on the LPGA Tour one day.”