In honor of National Women's History Month we recently recognized Renee Powell who is a pioneer and woman of note in our day. Renee is currently Head Professional at her family's Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio and was previously a professional golfer on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
Joining in 1967, Renee was just the second African-American woman ever to play the LPGA Tour, starting a mere four years after the LPGA's first African-American female competitor, Althea Gibson.
Renee's golf career began early at the age of three and she competed in her first tournament at age twelve, winning her division and then moving on to play at Ohio University and the Ohio State University, serving as team captain of the women's golf team at both institutions. After making her debut on the LPGA Tour in 1967, Renee won the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia. At the same time she began what would become a lifetime of goodwill missions on behalf of golf, visiting U.S. troops in Vietnam as part of a USO tour. Renee made history again in 1979 when she became the first female to ever be appointed head professional at a golf course in the United Kingdom. In 2001, the Powell family established the Clearview Legacy Foundation which provides education and research facilities to preserve the game of golf for future generations.
Recognized as an accomplished player, acclaimed globally for her selfless commitment to golf, and awarded for her remarkable character, Renee Powell serves as an exemplary leader, innovator, and participant in the game of golf. Let us not forget her great accomplishments and contributions to the game we love so much.
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