Howard University Sensational Golfer

By: Kurtis Alston

Howard University senior golfer Gregory Odom Jr. was a busy man helping the Howard University team capture the PGA Works Collegiate Championship. And the day after, he enjoyed his sponsor’s invitation to the Wells Fargo Championship.

Odom Jr. came in the Wells Fargo Championship as the top golfer at the PGA Works Collegiate Championship. He won that title just a year ago and was the first to win the award since the Howard golf team went on hiatus for 40-years.

Gregory, a native of Memphis, TN, is receiving one of the tournament’s four unrestricted sponsor exemptions into the 156-player field and will compete as an amateur.

“It’s crazy. It’s just crazy that I’m here on the PGA Tour at 21 years old and still a senior in college,” Odom said.

In the last two collegiate events, Odom Jr. finished in the top ten in Bison’s golf play. Gregory has a couple of top-five and one top-15 finish in the 2021-2022 season. Odom Jr. has one collegiate title, the PGA Works National Championship. The Championship will be at the player’s stadium course at TPC Sawgrass.

He finished second in the Tennessee State Championship his senior year at Middle College High School. In 2016 Odom Jr. earned All-State honors. Gregory was the 2017 First tee of Memphis Player of the Year and the 2017 boys high school USJGT player of the year.

Gregory might not have done as well as he hoped, but he did finish ahead of seven professional golfers. In rounds 77 and 75, Odom didn’t have the birds he needed to cut, but he still displayed what it takes for the next level. Odom Jr. had a nice tight drive of  285-305 yards. But his long iron looked like his best weapon.

Maybe Odom’s schedule played a part in him not cutting with him just playing 24 hours prior. But while being out there, he was the camera and fans’ favorite person. At every hole, you could hear fans saying, “That’s the kid from Howard.”

This time will not be the last time you hear Gregory Odom Jr.’s name, but hopefully, he will continue to rise to be the star the one’s around him know him to be.