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'From The Rough' true story of Catana Starks

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"From The Rough" is a 2014 true-story movie based on Dr. Catana Starks. "From The Rough" is directed by Pierre Bagley and written by Mike Critelli. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan and Letoya Luckett. The inspirational true story will premier in theaters on Friday, April 25.

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When a historically Black college decides to develop an all men's golf team, Catana Starks takes on the job. But, when the professor has a hard time recruiting African American male players because she is a woman, it becomes her mission to find a team of passionate players, even if it means recruiting young White boys and outcasts from other countries.

"From The Rough" was inspired by the true story of HBCU Tennessee State University professor Dr. Catana Starks. Starks was hailed as the first Black woman to coach an all men's college gold squad. In 1986, when Catana Starks was asked to recruit boys for the team, she was met with opposition from young Black players who didn't take her seriously because she was female, according to ESPN Golf.

Despite the odds and the challenges before her, she led the team to a win in the NCAA Division 1 Championships. According to Taraji P. Henson, the team's record has still not been broken.

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