Steph Curry excited for Howard star's PGA Tour debut

Steph Curry

The Howard University golf program will be represented at the PGA Tour on Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac.

Gregory Odom Jr., 21, will make his PGA Tour debut, a moment Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry had hoped would come when he committed to fund Howard's golf program for six years starting in 2021.

"It's unbelievable in terms of where the program is trying to go," Curry told The Washington Post. "The fact that Greg has been on the squad, a true member from Day 1 in terms of representing Howard, the gold program and what we're trying to do. He has amazing talent. To get him on the PGA Tour and get some experience and continue to wave the Howard flag, it's going to be awesome. I'm excited for him, excited for the opportunity for him to showcase his skills and continue to put Howard on the map."

Curry, who's an avid golfer in his own right whenever he's not competing for NBA championships with the Warriors, wanted to help the Howard golf program get back to Division 1 competition. In just its second season, Howard won the MEAC Conference championship. Odom Jr. lead the way by winning the individual title. 

"When this Howard opportunity opened up while I was in the transfer portal, I just had to take it," Odom Jr. told NBC4. "It was also during a time when high school students were choosing HBCUs over big Division 1 schools, so I was like, 'this could be a power move.' Coming here I was like, 'I should dominate,' and that'll show kids that players are actually on these HBCU teams."


It'll be a quick turnaround for Odom Jr., who will tee off at TPC Potomac roughly two weeks after dominating the competition at the MEAC Conference tournament. Regardless of of how well he plays, his presence at the tournament alone will be a win for the Howard golf program. 

"The ambition was to make this a marquee golf program, attract the best talent, compete with the best in the country and win," Curry said. "But to know the opportunities that have come so far, the early successes -- winning the conference tournament in their second year, having [Odom Jr.] represent the program on the PGA Tour -- all of it is a sign that we're doing the right thing and we want to keep building on it."

The Wells Fargo Championship is slated to run from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday May 8. Odom's first-round tee time is 2:11 p.m. on Thursday.