Former Trojan Joshua Wooding Receives Northern Trust Exemption
Jan. 20, 2010
Former USC All-American golfer Joshua Wooding received an exemption to the 2010 Northern Trust Open, tournament officials announced earlier this week.
Wooding, 23, from Riverside, Calif., was chosen from a pool of applications to receive the exemption, sponsored by Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS), which annually provides a playing opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn't otherwise be eligible to compete in the 2010 tournament. The 2010 Northern Trust Open will be held February 1-7 at Riviera Country Club.
'Joshua is a talented golfer and a true leader who understands the importance of promoting diversity in professional golf,' said Northern Trust Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Waddell. 'This unique exemption reflects Northern Trust's long-standing commitment to promoting diversity throughout our company because we know it is fundamental to our strength. We are proud to offer Joshua this exemption and look forward to watching his success.'
Wooding began playing golf at age nine and competed in his first National Minority Junior Golf Foundation event at the age of 12. He won the tournament and earned an exemption into the 1997 Westfield PGA Junior Championship, then played at PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla. At that time, he was the youngest to ever qualify for the event. Wooding's Web site includes further details on his accomplishments. Visit, www.joshuawooding.com
'I am honored to receive the Northern Trust Open Exemption,' said Wooding. 'This incredible opportunity will create a springboard for me to advance my career and continue my quest to participate at the highest level. More importantly, the Northern Trust Open Exemption will assist me in meeting my future goals of giving back and helping to widen the path for other minority golfers.'
Wooding earned a scholarship to play golf at USC, where he posted 23 top-25 finishes at national collegiate golf events during his career. He placed 13th at the NCAA National Championship in 2005, the same year he was an All-American, and was a member of the Pac-10 Conference Championship team in 2007. Wooding earned Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention all four years of his collegiate career (2004-07).
Wooding graduated with a BS Degree in Policy Planning and Development in May 2007 and turned professional in July 2007. Since then, he has won on both the California Golden State Tour and the NGA Hooters Tour, finishing 34th on the season-ending money list for the latter in 2009.