Kenneth W Bentley To Be Honored 


Contact: Debert Cook, CMP

Tel: (212) 571-6559, ext. 11


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 A Roster Of Distinguished Honorees Slated To Receive Awards During Masters Week in Augusta, Georgia

 New York, NY (February 3, 2012) --The African American Golfer’s Digest, the nations leading print magazine and online portal for avid black golfers, and a PGA of America Diverse Supplier, will hold its 2nd annual Augusta GolfFEST in Augusta, Georgia on


April 5. Augusta GolfFEST celebrates family, history, fitness, and golf and is designed to galvanize camaraderie among all. Included in the festivities is its “Outstanding Leaders In Golf” 3rd annual awards program that honors esteemed individuals for their success and exemplary roles in opening doors and extending opportunities in the game and throughout the industry for African Americans.

Among the list of distinguished honorees is Kenneth W. Bentley, Vice President of Nestlé USA, Inc., and Board Member of the Advocates Invitational Pro Golf Tour. Bentley will receive the 2012 Tour Leadership Award for his business success. At Nestle, Bentley, who is a Los Angeles native, is responsible for Community Affairs, Educational Programs, the Nestlé USA Foundation and Workforce Diversity.  On behalf of the Advocates Invitational Pro Golf Tour, he leads the nonprofit organization in a series of professional golf competitions which are designed to identify talented golfers of color and to ultimately increase the number of African American professionals on the PGA Tour.

Bentley received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Irvine and Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. In 1988 the trustees of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. He also completed the University of Michigan Executive Management Program. An accomplished writer, Bentley penned Nestlé Very Best In Youth 20011 as his 14th book.

Bentley is dedicated to mentoring and generating opportunities for African American individuals and communities. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and Phillips Temple CME Church where he serves on the Steward Board. He is also a member of the board of directors of Reading Is Fundamental and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center.


“Our list of honorees represent the strong leadership, success, and diversity present in the game of golf today and each has made a substantial impact in the golf industry, especially in developing relationships within the African American community in particular. It is for these contributions that they are being presented with their awards, and I look forward to saluting each of them personally at our program,” says Debert Cook, CMP, publisher of the nine-old, national quarterly magazine. A full list of honorees will be released in the upcoming weeks and be available online.


To commemorate this special tribute, honorees will be included in an editorial profile featured in the Summer/July 2012 edition of the African American Golfer’s Digest.  Honorees will also be officially recognized at a special awards dinner on Thursday, April 5, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Goshen Plantation Golf Course, owned by former PGA Tour Player Spike Kelly and located at 1601 Goshen Clubhouse Dr., Augusta, Georgia 30906.


Augusta GolfFEST suitably coincides with The Masters golf tournament, the first of the majors to be played each year, since 1940, at Augusta National Golf Club. During this time millions of visitors from around the world throng the city to enjoy the week-long competitive action, social functions and great golf networking.  Augusta GolfFEST will play host to educational and fun activities for the entire family in partnership with the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of African American History including an exhibition of Black golf legends with a focus on Black caddies, a children’s golf camp, a historic walking tour, and more. For a full schedule of events or information to purchase tickets for the golf tournament and awards dinner for Augusta GolfFEST visit


About The African American Golfer’s Digest:


The African American Golfer's Digest launched in March 2003 and is located in the financial district of New York City. It is 100% minority-owned and operated and is a woman-


owned business and the only golf magazine specifically targeting the African American demographic.  Its massive editorial appeal comes from a ‘grass roots’ approach and partnerships generated with more than 300 top, Black-focused golf tournaments and events annually around the country. The 40-page, full color, quarterly enjoys a circulation of 20,000 and reaches 80,000 readers nationwide with editorial that focuses on news, tips, information and activities in the 'soulful' world of golf, travel features, destinations reviews, equipment/product news and individual profiles. Promotional, marketing and advertising opportunities are available in the print edition and online along with customized sampling programs and consumer incentives. The publication is registered with the National Minority Supplier Development Council with memberships that include the United States Golf Association (USGA), National Golf Foundation, International Network of Golf (ING), and Metropolitan Golf Writers Association.  To learn more about the publication visit



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