When many people think of golf, and especially golf champions, they envision mostly white males (Sam Snead, Jack Nicholson, etc.) of one or two famous black men (Jim Thorpe, Tiger Woods), but, practically no one pictures black women as golfers.
Yet, they do exist, and in all age groups.
Here are just a few of the well-known (in the world of golfing) black women and girls who are making their mark in this sport :
As the reigning Player of the Year in the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour, Sanders is putting all 11 years of her life experience into the game. She has competed in 22 golf tournaments and won first place in 13 of them and finished top tive in eight others.
PAULA PEARSON TUCKER
Selected Among Our “Players Of The Year”
A player who was seen as being the best in the game and the African-American Golfer’s Digest’s annual selection recognizing her as being a member of a distinctive group with honor:
PGA Tour: Tiger Woods
LPGA and Futures Tour: Paula Pearson-Tucker, Champions Tour: Jim Thorpe
Junior Golfer: Cheyenne Woods
DR. BETTY BRABBLE
Who keeps you on the ’straight and narrow’ with the rules of golf.
As President of the Wake Robin Golf Club, the nations oldest black women’s golf group, based in Washington, DC, she answers your toughest questions ‘by the book’ according to USGA rules.
With years of golf playing experience, Dr. Betty Brabble will helps players discover the joy of playing the game correctly.
Dr. Brabble has a help column where she answers readers questions to the “Ask Betty” column at
“Love at first putt”
While on a family vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina, a life changing experience happened to five-year-old Connor that would change her families dynamic forever…she discovered the game of golf.
Now, the game has propelled them all to greater heights in every aspect of life and they have another option for how they spend their ‘quality family time.’
She has been named “The Most Improved Golfer” 2006 Georgetown-Horry Chapter. She placed 9th at the All-Stars State Championship at Wescott Plantation Golf Course in Summerville, SC, and has won several medals from Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip and Putt Competitions.
Talented golf trainer and a contributing editor to the African-American Golfer’s Digest, in Valdosta, Georgia, is hands on with each of her students. She helps them practice their putting with tips for high and low handicappers. Her detailed instruction drills enable students to see how they can improve their roll and keeping their ball on line.
Addie’s Tip: When putting, your tempo should be smooth. Do not hit or jab, but stroke your putts.
Former Director of Legal Affairs
The game of golf for Eve Wright, prior to joining the Ladies Professional Golf Association as Director of Legal Affairs, was an elusive sport. Promoting golf turned into being among her most challenging accomplishments. While there, her position at the LPGA, a non-profit corporation supporting women’s golf, thrust her into a profession where she was able to hone her golf skills while advancing the organization.
VERNONCREST LADIES GOLF CLUB
This ssouthern California club is in its 60TH year and has the distinction of being the oldest women’s golfing club west of the Mississippi.
WAKE ROBIN GOLF CLUB
Founded on August 6,in 1936, the Wake Robin Golf Club of Washington, D. C., was one of the first all-Black Women Golf Clubs in America.
Thirteen women held their first meeting at the home of Helen Webb Harris at 79 R Street NW that evening. She was an educator and the wife of a prominent Washington physician. Each founding member was married to an associate of Washington’s all-Black, all-male Royal Golf Club, and they were tired of staying home on weekends while their husbands played.
The club also helped organize and support the United Golfers Association, which put on tournaments throughout the country for the best Black professionals. Wake Robin carried on and prospered while it battled to end the exclusionary heritage of golf. Currently, members, now numbering more than 50, play every week throughout the Washington area. There are regular weekend matches, monthly tournaments, and a club championship.
Most of the current members are aware of their gracious history. The current membership inherited all of the clubs memorabilia collected through the years, including Helen Harris’s original postcard inviting her 12 friends to the first meeting in 1936. This can be found in a wing of the Howard University library in Washington, D. C.
There are many unknown and unsung black women in the world of golf, whether they are out on the links hitting eagles, birdies or bogies, or whether they are behind the scenes as teachers and mentors to young up-and-coming black girls who aspire to be golfers.
Golf is not just a male sport, nor is it just a sport where the image of the ubiquitous white male golfer should always come to mind.
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There is a whole new world out there on the greens commons and there is no reason why the men should have all the fun in placing that little white ball on the tee and calling, “Fore!”