Scotland’s St. Andrews Golf Club: First Seven Female Members Include African American Golf Pro

Renee Powell, William J. Powell, Mary A. Walker (L-R)<br />photo: E.L. Fly
Renee Powell, William J. Powell, Mary A. Walker (L-R)
photo: E.L. Fly

This week African American golf pro, Renee Powell, becomes one of the first seven females in the world voted into membership of Scotland’s 260 year old Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Renee joined the LPGA Tour in 1967 and played in more than 250 events. In 1979, she became the first woman to be a head professional at a golf course in the United Kingdom, at Silvermere, near London. Renee’s father, William J. Powell (1916 – 2009), designed, built and operated the Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. MORE….

HBTSA – 9.1: Hobson City, AL Heritage Bike Ride

BRAG Team with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; photo courtesy BRAG Dream Team
BRAG Team with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; photo courtesy BRAG Dream Team

The 116th Annual Hobson City, Alabama Founder’s Day activities (August 14-15) will inaugurate a 10K (6.2 miles) recreational bicycle ride. Hobson City’s Calhoun County Training School was established in 1905. The school’s vocational trade curriculum included bicycle mechanics. African American bicyclist Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (1878 – 1932) won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899, 1900, and 1901. African American inventor Isaac R. Johnson received a patent for a folding bicycle frame in 1899. Mr. C. C. Sykes, a prominent Black businessman, operated a bicycle shop in neighboring Anniston MORE….

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