LPGA legend Renee Powell, became an honorary members at the R&A in Scotland this month. Ms. Powell was a record breaker in many ways. She was the second African American to join the LPGA back in 1976.
"I think back to the times that as a young Black girl playing golf, there were many places I could not play or unpleasant situations when I was finally allowed to play, and now I belong to the most exclusive private golf club in the world,” Powell told the Times.
Ms. Powell's involvement with golf has extended long past her professional playing days. She has served as a consultant for The First Tee Program. In 2000, began the LPGA Girls Golf Club in East Canton at her family golf course in Clearview, OH. In 2002, Powell received the EWGA Leadership Award. The PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf award (2003) and four years later the inaugural Rolex For the Love of the Game Award. In 2008 she received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of St Andrews. This past May, Renee joined EWGA Board President Sheryl Wilkerson during the opening ceremonies of the first EWGA Collegiate Chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shores.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Scotland, considered the birthplace of golf, decided to open it's membership to women last September. [MORE]
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