February 22, 1930 |
Winter Haven, Florida
|College||Florida A&M University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||2|
Owens was born in Winter Haven, Florida. He played football at Florida A&M University and served in the U.S. Army. He suffered injuries to both knees and his left ankle during a parachute jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1952 which left him handicapped.
Owens turned professional in 1967 and joined the PGA Tour in 1970. During his seven years on the Tour, he won the 1971 Kemper Asheville Open, a "satellite" PGA Tour event. Owens played with a limp and played all golf shots cross-handed. The biggest year of his professional career came on the Senior PGA Tour in 1986, when he won twice in a three tournament span, and finished eighth on the money list with $207,813.
Owens lives in Tampa, Florida. He won the Ben Hogan Award in 1987 and was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 2007.
Professional wins (4)
Regular career wins (2)
- 1971 Kemper Asheville Open (a PGA Tour "satellite" event)
- 1974 Florida Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Feb 9, 1986||Treasure Coast Classic||–14 (65-69-68=202)||3 strokes||Lee Elder, Don January|
|2||Mar 16, 1986||Del E. Webb Senior PGA Tour Roundup||−14 (71-64-67=202)||Playoff||Dale Douglass|
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1986||Del E. Webb Senior PGA Tour Roundup||Dale Douglass||Won with par on second extra hole|
- White Jr., Gordon S. (July 8, 1987). "Handicapped Senior Golfer to Protest Ban on Carts". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- Fields, Bill (September 14, 2007). "Charles Owens, An Overlooked Pioneer". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 5, 2013.