Renee Powell

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Renee Powell
Personal information
Born (1946-05-04) May 4, 1946 (age 71)
East Canton, Ohio
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence East Canton, Ohio
College Ohio University
Ohio State University
Turned professional 1967
Retired 1980
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour
Professional wins 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
Western Open T33: 1967
Titleholders C'ship DNP
Women's PGA C'ship T20: 1969, 1976
U.S. Women's Open T33: 1966
du Maurier Classic 78th: 1980
Achievements and awards
National Afro-American Golfers Hall of Fame 1986
National Black Golf Hall of Fame 2006
African American Golfers Hall of Fame 2007
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Renee Powell (born May 4, 1946) is an American professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is currently head professional at her family's Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. She was the second African-American woman ever to play on the LPGA Tour.[1] Althea Gibson was the first African-American LPGA Tour member, joining in 1963. Powell joined in 1967, and played on Tour from 1967–1980. It was not until 1995 that another African-American woman played on the tour. LaRee Sugg played on Tour from 1995–1997, and from 2000–2001.

Powell is a member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. She is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority.

Early life[edit]

Powell was born in East Canton, Ohio. She began playing golf at age three. Her father, Bill Powell, is the only African-American to design, build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. She entered her first amateur tournament at age 12 and won her division. Three years later, she had 30 youth tournament trophies. Powell graduated from Central Catholic High School in Canton.

She attended Ohio University and Ohio State University, serving as captain of the women's golf team at each institution.

Professional career[edit]

Powell competed in more than 250 professional golf tournaments and won the Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia.

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, M. Mikell (2007). The African American Woman Golfer: Her Legacy. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. pp. 83–4. ISBN 978-0-313-34904-1. 
  2. ^ "Princess Royal among first women to join St Andrews". BBC Sport. February 10, 2015. 

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