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African-American Golf Pioneers Honored at USGA Museum

New Exhibit at the USGA Museum Highlights the Life of William “Bill” Powell and the Historic Clearview Golf Club

USGA headquarters in Far Hills, NJ.  (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)
USGA headquarters-Arnold Palmer center for Golf History in Far Hills, NJ.  (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is honoring African-American golf pioneers as part of the USGA Museum’s newest exhibit, “More Than A Game,” which focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. The exhibit opened on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, and will run for two years.

The centerpiece of “More Than A Game” is the story of the late William “Bill” Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built and owned by an African American.

Curated by Susan Wasser, the USGA Museum’s assistant director, the exhibit is part of the USGA’s ongoing commitment to attracting a diverse audience to the game. This retrospective is one of the initiatives surrounding the African-American Golf History Archive, which was formed in 2010 by the USGA and The PGA of America to collect, preserve and celebrate the history of African Americans in golf. “More Than A Game” is the third exhibit in the USGA Museum since 2010 to celebrate minorities in golf.

“Our exhibition reflects on the lives of the pioneers in African-American golf history and how their courage and convictions changed the game,” said Wasser. “As the world’s leading institution for the study and celebration of golf history, the USGA Museum is a great resource to preserve and share the African-American golf experience in this way.”

To further highlight Powell’s inspirational story of passion and social justice, the exhibit will include a short film produced by Dan Levinson of Moxie Pictures, whose previous work includes the award-winning documentary “Uneven Fairways,” which premiered on Golf Channel in 2009.

As part of this exhibit, the USGA is also honoring other clubs that have made significant contributions to minority golf, including Shady Rest Golf and

Renee Powell stands at the entrance to the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History during the USGA African-American Golf History Symposium  Friday, February 21, 2014 at the USGA headquarters in Far Hills, NJ.   (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)
Renee Powell stands at the entrance to the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History during. (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)

Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., the longtime home course of John Shippen, the first African American to play in a U.S. Open, in 1896; Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C., home to the Wake-Robin and Royal Golf Clubs, the oldest African-American clubs still in existence; and Freeway Golf Course in Sicklerville, N.J., home course of National Black Golf Hall of Fame member Bill Bishop.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the USGA Museum will hosted a one-day symposium on

Calvin Peete (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)
Calvin Peete (Copyright USGA/Matt Rainey)

Feb. 22. The symposium will featured discussions with Powell’s daughter, Renee, who played on the LPGA Tour for 14 years and is currently the head professional at Clearview; 12-time PGA Tour winner Calvin Peete; United Golfers Association champion Madelyn Turner; and Bishop.

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

About the USGA Museum
usga_templatelogoThe United States Golf Association Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History is home to the world’s premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia. The greatest champions and greatest moments in American golf history come alive at the USGA Museum through entertaining and engaging exhibits that feature multimedia and interactive displays. For more information about the USGA Museum, visit www.usgamuseum.com.

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SECTIONAL QUALIFYING COMPLETE FOR 2013 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN

usga_templatelogoFar Hills, N.J.  – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 69 women have advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.

Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit www.2013uswomensopen.com/tickets.php.

The list of Women’s Open qualifiers includes 14 teenagers. Nelly Korda, 14, of Bradenton, Fla., is the championship’s youngest competitor. Korda is the younger sister of exempt player Jessica Korda, the winner of the 2012 Women’s Australian Open and the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The Kordas are the daughters of former professional tennis player Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open.

Mariel Galdiano, 14, of Pearl City, Hawaii, qualified for her second U.S. Women’s Open. Galdiano, who is one month older than Korda and will turn 15 on June 25, competed in the 2011 championship at age 13. Other teenagers to qualify are: Shannon Aubert, 17; Kelli Bowers, 18; Casie Cathrea, 17; Yueer Feng, 17; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 15; Erica Herr, 17; Alexandra Kaui, 17; Kyung Kim, 19; Annie Park, 18; Elizabeth Schultz, 16; Mariah Stackhouse, 19; and Gabriella Then, 17. They join the three teenagers who were already fully exempt into the championship: Ariya Jutanugarn, 17; Lydia Ko, 16; and Lexi Thompson, 18.

Five USGA champions advanced through sectional qualifying: Doris Chen (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Kim (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Jane Park (2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur) and Emily Tubert (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).

Chen, Kim and Annie Park are members of the University of Southern California team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Park became the seventh freshman to claim the individual title and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep the conference, regional and national titles. In addition to Park, there are two other USC individual champions in the field: Jennifer Rosales, who qualified in Atlanta, and exempt player Dewi Claire Schreefel.

Other notable players to advance to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open are past Solheim Cup competitors Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Kristy McPherson and Janice Moodie, as well as four-time LPGA Tour winner Lorie Kane, who is the championship’s oldest qualifier at age 48.

Four spots reserved for future exemptions have been released back to the qualifying field. Moira Dunn (Heathrow qualifier), Jiyoung Oh (Baltimore qualifier), Brooke Pancake (Atlanta qualifier) and Karen Stupples (Atlanta qualifier) have been added to the Women’s Open field. Additionally, Jimin Kang has withdrawn from the championship and has been replaced by Danah Bordner (Baltimore qualifier).

Eighty-three players are fully exempt into the championship’s 156-player field. Four spots are currently being reserved for any non-exempt players who win an official LPGA Tour event through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (which ends June 23), the winner of the 2013 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship (provided she remains an amateur) and those who enter the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of June 24.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.  The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
Visit the USGA website at: usga_templatelogowww.usga.org