Pete Brown (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
February 2, 1935 |
Port Gibson, Mississippi
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|U.S. Open||T58: 1969|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T33: 1964|
Brown was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He started in golf as a caddy at the municipal course in his hometown. He suffered from non-paralytic polio in the late 1950s but recovered and resumed playing competitive golf.
Brown received his PGA Tour card in 1963. He was not the first African American to obtain his PGA players card; that honor belonged to Charlie Sifford. Brown's victory at the 1964 Waco Turner Open did, however, earn him a place in history as the first African American to win a PGA event. He played on the PGA Tour for 17 years and posted a second tour win at the 1970 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in a playoff over Tony Jacklin.
Brown and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of six daughters. He was the head pro at Madden Golf Course in Dayton, Ohio for more than 20 years. He has lived in Evans, Georgia since 2012.
Professional wins (14)
PGA Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||May 3, 1964||Waco Turner Open||−8 (71-71-68-70=280)||1 stroke||Dan Sikes|
|2||Feb 1, 1970||Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational||−13 (76-67-67-65=275)||Playoff||Tony Jacklin|
Other wins (12)
- Four time USG (Negro) National Open Champion
- Four time Long Star Open Champion
- Three time North & South Champion
- 1961 Michigan Open
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- McAllister, Mike (April 29, 2014). "Breakthrough at Burneyville". PGA Tour.
- "Golf Tournament Honorees". Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- "PGA Tour Buick Invitational". Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- "Pete Brown, First African-American To Win A PGA Event, Believes In The Big Stik Driver" (Press release). Retrieved September 27, 2007.
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