Sankofa Youth Golf Association Team


Tano Malentin


Tano Malentin is the Founder and President of Sankofa Youth Golf Association. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the golf industry from golf operations and Food & Beverage Operations to Agronomy. During those years he has managed different types of courses ranging from municipalities, public, semi-private and private courses under different management groups including American Golf Corporation, one of the most successful golf management company in the United States back in the early 90s and late 2000s. In 2013 he was asked to join another management company as COO where he oversaw over 30 courses in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Very quickly that company became one of the top 20 management company in the United States with over one thousand employees and over $75 million in annual sales. His marketing and operational expertise has redesigned how golf operations are managed. Several of his operational practices and approach are still being used successfully by hundred if not thousands of golf professionals.

In 2017 Tano joined NBC Sports NEXT as Senior Area Sales Manager consulting with courses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Mexico, and Hawaii.  During his tenure he advised courses on best practices to be efficient operationally and maximize revenue.

Tano is a family and spiritual person who has always presented himself with levelheadedness and grace. He has the moral compass and character that allow him to put the needs of others ahead of himself. He is a unique individual who has in his DNA to serve people.

Tano is known in the golf industry as an innovator, a passionate about Junior golf and his generosity and unmatched dedication towards growing the game of golf through various Junior Golf Programs and associations on a local and national level such as Orlando Minority youth Golf Association (OMYGA) in Orlando, Florida where he was recognized as an outstanding leader for three consecutive years and the First Tee of Greater Seattle in Seattle, Washington where he also serves as a staff coach. His efforts have helped mold and build hundreds of juniors to become outstanding adults and citizens.