Monday, July 13, 2015

Renee Powell Achieves Success in Golf

Renee Powell was recently given an invitation to become one of the first seven female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews. Powell, 69, is an African American pro golfer. During her career on the L.P.G.A. Tour from 1967-1980, Powell received many discriminating letters and signed death threats. Her correspondence with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club prove that her mailbox is no longer a source of prejudice.
Throughout her career, Powell faced a great deal of discrimination on the road. Many times during the L.P.G.A. Tour, she was denied a room at a hotel, a seat at a restaurant, and excluded from pro-am because of the color of her skin. Since the L.P.G.A. was founded in 1950, six African-Americans have played on the tour. Now, Powell can proudly say she belongs to the most exclusive private golf club in the world.
Powell has competed in over 250 professional golf events and won one in Brisbane, Australia. Her best finish on the L.P.G.A. Tour was a tie for fourth at the 1972 Lady Errol Classic. Powell has often wondered how much better she might have played if she had not encountered so much prejudice and discrimination.
During the summer, Powell is teaching classes exclusively for women. There are classes for women who are beginners, adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and female military veterans. In Powell’s group lessons, female veterans can learn a new game and make new friends with women with whom they share similar experiences, that few can understand.

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