Malachi Knowles, Founder
Inner City Youth Golfers’, Inc. &
African American Golfers Hall of Fame
His passion for golf started at an early age of ten years old. He was anointed as the “shag boy” by the “Caddy Master” at the Everglades Country Club, Palm Beach Florida during his early school years at Washington Elementary (Riviera Beach) and Roosevelt High (West Palm Beach) Schools where he attended.
Malachi Knowles attended Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD, after high school in 1959. It did not have a golf team so he “worked with the athletic director and others” to start a team under the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1960. He was its first team Captain while lettering for three years on a golf scholarship and graduating with a BA Degree in June 1963. He is the first African American in the United States of America to graduate with the two year “Master of Regional and City Planning Degree” from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, August, 1965. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Finance School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Malachi started his working career as a “Housing Intern” on August 16, 1965 with the U.S. Housing and Home Finance Agency, Chicago, Illinois and retired from the government after holding several executive and policy making positions in Washington, DC, March 1991. Most notably, he was Director General of the “World Conference of Mayors”; Senior Vice President & Director of Foreign Affairs for the First Africa Corporation; Executive Assistant to the President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Special Assistant to the Director of "The United States White House Office for Urban Policy."
He returned to Palm Beach County in 1993 and was recruited as a substitute teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle Magnet School in Riviera Beach, FL and started its first golf program as one of its after school activities as his way of giving back to the children. He then founded “Inner City Youth Golfers’ Incorporated” (ICYG), a tax-exempt foundation that works with at risk youth between 8 and 17 years of age in January 2001. It is a “golf and education program” requiring parental and youth participation at the same time. Uniquely, ICYG has developed its own initiative: “Say NO To Drugs – Say YES To Education, Culture & Golf” in order to grow the game of golf and push the positive aspects of life. This concept has been adopted in several other cities.
He also started the “African American Golfers Hall of Fame” (AAGHOF) in April 2004 which is currently headquartered in Palm Beach County, FL. Under his leadership, the “African American Collegiate & Youth Golfers Hall of Fame” was founded as well in 2010 in order for them to continue being role models for future generations to come.
He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in city planning, housing, development, budgeting, policy and marketing at the University of the District of Columbia (1970-1974), Washington, D.C.; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland (1974); and the University of Miami, Miami, Florida (1975/77).
He has received numerous awards and certificates for his work and has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. His most recent award was the “University of Maryland Eastern Shore Presidential Award”, May 26, 2011.
As a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, ICYG has served as its “youth golf clinician” for the “Kids Fitness Festival” since 2003. He is currently involved as: Publisher, Golf Fore Anyone, Inc.; Member, The Golfe; ING; House Committee, Bear Lakes Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Life Member); Fairview Golf Club, Inc. and Sunshine State Amateur Golfers Association, Inc.
He is married to his best friend, Esmeralda.