Pete Brown (golfer)
February 2, 1935|
Port Gibson, Mississippi
May 1, 2015 (aged 80)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|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.
He turned professional in 1954, winning the Negro National Open consecutively in 1961 and 1962. 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 lived in Evans, Georgia from 2012 to 2015.
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|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||1964||Almaden Open Invitational||Billy Casper, Jerry Steelsmith||Lost to birdie on third extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Casper:68, Brown:68, Steelsmith:73)|
|2||1970||Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational||Tony Jacklin||Won with par on first extra hole|
Other wins (12)
- Four time USG (Negro) National Open Champion
- Four time Long Star Open Champion
- Three time North & South Champion
- 1962 Michigan Open
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- "Remembering the old UGA tour". Black Enterprise. September 1997. Archived from the original on 2006-02-28. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- 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). Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2007.
- Bamberger, Michael (April 8, 2014). "After a hardscrabble life as a Tour journeyman, Augusta's own Jim Dent hit it big and paid it forward". Golf.com.
- Livsey, Laury (May 1, 2015). "Brown passes away at age 80". PGA Tour.