May 4, 1946 |
East Canton, Ohio
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Residence||East Canton, Ohio|
Ohio State University
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|Western Open||T33: 1967|
|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. 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 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.
Honors and awards
- 2003 First Lady of Golf Award
- 2007 Rolex For the Love of the Game Award
- 2008 Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), University of St Andrews
- 2009 Futures Tour Trainor Award
- 2015 She became one of the first female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews inn February 2015.
- Johnson, M. Mikell (2007). The African American Woman Golfer: Her Legacy. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. pp. 83–4. ISBN 978-0-313-34904-1.
- "Princess Royal among first women to join St Andrews". BBC Sport. February 10, 2015.