2019 Honoree


Wiley Williams

In 1951 Wiley at the age of 9, showed natural talent for the game of golf and learned on his own while he caddied. Weequahic Golf Course in Essex County was Wiley’s home course for 4 decades and the first public course in New Jersey. He introduced multitudes of Newark’s  young people to golf and continues to help many people who play. Wiley became one of the first African Americans to win a major New Jersey golf event. In 1969 he turned pro, won the NJ State Golf Association Four-Ball title and represented the state in the National Public Links.  In 1981 the Professional Golf Association recognized Wiley as “A special friend of the NJ PGA and a NJ Junior Golfer.” This helped to break racial barriers in the golf community. In 1994, Wiley was inducted into the National Black Hall of Fame. August 4, 2017 Essex County Executive Joseph DiVencenzo Jr., named Wiley as an Ambassador of Weequahic Golf Course and dedicated the “Wiley Williams Corner” (newly designed 10th & 11th holes) in honor of the local golf legend.