Tiger Woods announces Aaron Beverly as recipient of the 2022 Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption
Tournament host Tiger Woods announced Aaron Beverly as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the 2022 Genesis Invitational. Beverly will join the 120-player field at The Riviera Country Club February 17-20. Awarded annually since 2009, the Sifford exemption represents the advancement of diversity in the game of golf.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming Aaron Beverly to The Genesis Invitational as the 2022 Sifford Exemption,” Woods said. “Like me, Aaron learned the game from his dad. I know Charlie Sifford would be proud of Aaron as he makes his PGA Tour debut at Riviera next month.”
Beverly has most recently competed on the Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) Tour. In November, he won the APGA Tour’s Fall Series finale at Wilshire Country Club, a four-time host of the L.A. Open (1928, ’31, ’33 & ’44). Beverly was one of only three players to break par during the two-round fall series finale and earned a two-shot victory, posting a final score of four-under-par.
“Receiving the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and having the opportunity to play in The Genesis Invitational is a true honor and the opportunity of a lifetime,” Beverly said. “This is the moment all my hard work and dedication has been preparing me for and I look forward to competing at Riviera.”
The 2021 APGA Tour season was the first for Beverly. He finished tied for fifth at the APGA Tour’s TPC Scottsdale event in April, but his season was limited after enduring a bout with COVID-19. Beverly lost 17 pounds during his recovery and returned to the golf course in July during the APGA Tour Deere Run event, where he finished tied for 20th. It all came together for Beverly at Wilshire in November when he won for the first time since a victory on the Golden State Tour in 2020. In addition to competing on the APGA Tour and the Golden State Tour, Beverly has experience on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Tour and Makenzie Tour, having played a full season on the Canadian tour in 2019.
A decorated collegiate golfer, Beverly was a mainstay on the Sacramento State University golf team as a freshman in 2012-13. Prior to his sophomore season, Beverly took a redshirt year after both his parents were separately diagnosed with cancer. Beverly returned to the team in 2014-15 and would become one of the most decorated collegiate players to represent Sacramento State. He was a two-time Big Sky Player of the Year award winner following the 2016 and 2017 seasons and won three tournaments while in college. Beverly holds school records with 10 top-five finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and 21 top-20 finishes during his collegiate career. Beverly graduated in 2017 and returned to Sacramento State as an assistant coach in 2019.
“My father was not only my coach, but my best friend, mentor and biggest supporter,” Beverly said. “I know there would be no one more excited and proud of me than him. He’ll be looking over me all week and smiling watching me play against the best players in the world. ”
Beverly first had a golf club put in his hands at the age of three by his father, Ron, a decorated college football coach. After participating in ballet for 14 years, Beverly turned his focus to golf as a teenager and was coached by his father. When Ron Beverly retired from coaching football, he gave golf instructional lessons at local courses in Northern California and Aaron now serves as an assistant club professional at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove, California.
Since 2009, an exemption has been given to a golfer representing a minority background to play in the annual PGA TOUR event at Riviera. In 2017, the exemption was re-named to honor the memory of Charlie Sifford, the first African American player to compete on the PGA TOUR. Previous exemption recipients include Vincent Johnson (2009), Joshua Wooding (2010), Joseph Bramlett (2011 & 2020), Andy Walker (2012), Jeremiah Wooding (2013), Harold Varner III (2014), Carlos Sainz, Jr. (2015), J.J. Spaun (2016), Kevin M. Hall (2017), Cameron Champ (2018), Tim O’Neal (2019) and Willie Mack III (2021).
The Genesis Invitational will be held February 17-20 and broadcast on GOLF Channel and CBS.
Learn more about the history of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption.