Zoe Slaughter Makes History as Texas A&M’s First Black Woman Golfer


March 4, 2024

She has become a trailblazer and an inspiration for future generations!

In a historic step for Texas A&M Women’s Golf, Zoe Slaughter has become the first African-American to join the program since its inception in 1975, according to a report by NBC affiliate KAGS. Zoe’s journey began in 2021 when she joined the program, showcasing her prowess not only on the golf course but also as an influential figure on the A&M campus. Reflecting on her experience, Zoe expressed gratitude for her time at Texas A&M, calling attention to the team’s strong work ethic and camaraderie.

Zoe’s athletic lineage is noteworthy, with her mother, Kafi Slaughter, being a track athlete at Texas A&M. However, Zoe discovered her passion for golf, a sport that resonated deeply with her sense of peace and home. Guided by her grandfather, Jake Carter, who learned golf as a caddy and later earned a full-ride scholarship to Prairie View A&M, Zoe embraced the sport that transformed her family’s life and propelled their education.


The transition from high school success at Houston Memorial to collegiate golf was seamless for Zoe. Her talent caught the eye of Gerrod Chadwell, the head coach for the Houston Cougars at the time. Zoe’s exceptional work ethic and a positive mindset earned her the title of American Conference Freshman of the Year. Following Chadwell to Texas A&M, Zoe continued to make an impact. Her journey included a moment during her first season when, in a critical round, she shot the fourth-best round in school history, helping the team secure a spot in the NCAA National Championships.

Zoe’s dedication and skill set records, including a school-record-setting performance at the ICON Invitational and a decisive putt at the SEC Championship that secured the title for Texas A&M. Through her achievements, Zoe not only contributed to the team’s success but also became a symbol of resilience and empowerment.

As the first African-American woman in the program, Zoe acknowledges the significance of her role and aspires to inspire others. Her legacy extends beyond golf, reaching anyone who may feel like an outsider. Zoe’s message is clear: “You can do the same thing as anyone else. At the end of the day, you have just as much talent, and it’s just about reminding yourself that you have that. Never let yourself down and never let yourself get down.”


Cover photo: Zoe Slaughter Makes History as Texas A&M’s First Black Woman Golfer / Credit: Texas A&M University Athletics

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