Famed Golf Instructor Bob Toski and African American golf pioneer William Powell are among eight 2013 inductees to the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Powell’s story is, I think, particularly intriguing. In 1946, he began building the Clearview Golf Club of East Canton Ohio as a “color blind” course. Clearview, which Powell built with his own hands, remains the only African-American built, owned and operated course in the US. It is on the National Register of Historic Place. Powell was 82 when he was awarded PGA Life Membership status, retroactive to 1962—the year when the PGA eliminated the color clause.
I think I need to make a date to visit Clearview.
More on the inductees is in the press release that follows: