Gregory Odom Jr. (Courtesy of Howard University)
Gregory Odom Jr. (Courtesy of Howard University)

Gregory Odom Jr., a senior standout on the Howard University men’s golf team, has accepted a sponsor exemption to compete in the Wells Fargo Championship as the PGA Tour returns to the D.C. area in May at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Odom, a Memphis, Tenn., native, will receive one of the tournament’s four unrestricted sponsor exemptions into the 156-player field and will compete as an amateur, according to a news release.

Odom has finished among the top 10 in individual play in the Bison’s past two collegiate events. He also has a pair of top-five and top-15 finishes during the 2021-2022 season.

Odom won the PGA Works National Championship last spring at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for his first collegiate title. In November, he finished third at the Golf Coaches Association of America Championship and earned an exemption to play in the 2022 Ontario Open on the PGA Tour Canada circuit.

“I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to play in a PGA Tour event near where I will be winding down my collegiate experience,” said Odom, who tied for fifth in last year’s MEAC championship. “I really appreciate Wells Fargo and the tournament staff for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to the challenge of competing with the best players in the world.”

As a junior golfer, Odom finished second in the Tennessee State Championship his senior year at Middle College High School, where he also earned All-State honors in 2016. He was the 2017 First Tee of Memphis Player of the Year and the 2017 Boys High School USJGT Player of the Year.

The Wells Fargo Championship, celebrating its 20th year, is one of the premier golf events on the PGA Tour. Since 2003, the tournament has welcomed all the world’s top 25 players and in 2019 was voted by the players as “Best in Class” among all events on the TOUR schedule.

Seven of the tournament’s 16 champions have earned major championship titles and four champions have held the No.1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings since the tournament’s inception in 2003.

The Wells Fargo Championship will be held at TPC Potomac for one year while the tournament’s permanent home, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C, prepares to host the 2022 Presidents Cup.

The Wells Fargo Championship is partnering with Ticketmaster to streamline the ticket purchase process for fans. To purchase tickets, please visit wellsfargochampionship.com/tickets. Children ages 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

The tournament, on behalf of Champions for Education, has distributed $26 million and raised awareness for numerous charitable foundations in the Charlotte area and in 2022 will do the same in the Washington, D.C. area.

For more information about the Wells Fargo Championship, go to wellsfargochampionship.com or call 202-978-8101.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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