Spirit of the Sport: Renee Powell
August 3, 2021
From Clearview Golf Membership
Renee Powell is without doubt one of the most resilient and persevering athletes of our time.
Raised on an East Canton, Ohio golf course constructed by her father, William “Invoice” Powell, throughout instances of racial adversity and segregation, Renee realized early on what it meant to excel towards the chances. By the age of three she was swinging a golf membership for the primary time, and early into her teenage years she had gained greater than 30 tournaments.
In 1967, she turned the second African-American girl to compete on the LPGA Tour. As a tour participant she competed in additional than 250 skilled tournaments and gained the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia.
Following her time on the LPGA tour, Powell devoted her life to diversifying the sport of golf. She turned an Worldwide Goodwill Ambassador touring to Africa on greater than 25 journeys to host golf clinics.
She has additionally dedicated her life to increasing golf to extra youth, girls, seniors, minorities, and navy veterans. In 2011, she launched Clearview H.O.P.E. (Serving to Our Patriots In all places) a cost-free, year-round therapeutic and leisure golf applications particularly for girls veterans. As a sought-after public speaker, Renee has knowledgeable, impressed, and enlightened numerous audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Renee has earned numerous awards throughout her greater than 5 a long time within the sport of golf.
In 2015, she turned one among two American girls initially given honorary membership into the Royal and Historic Golf Membership of St. Andrews, Scotland. A few of her different notable awards embrace; being named PGA of America First Woman of Golf, the LPGA Rolex For the Love of the Sport Award, the PGA Tour Card Walker Award, the USGA Ike Grainger Award, and the LPGA Pioneer Award.
In 2008, Renee turned the third American, and the one girls golfer, to ever obtain an honorary doctorate from The College of St. Andrews, its now 600 12 months historical past. The College additionally bestowed the dignity of naming a residence corridor for her.
In 2010, The College of Maryland Japanese Shore awarded Renee with an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. Different awards embrace The Donald Ross Award, Charles Bartlett Award and LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award
Renee has additionally made strides in different areas of the golf business together with style and broadcasting. Whereas residing in London, England, she was one of many first girls golfers to design her personal clothes line. She has additionally commentated quite a few golf tournaments on each CBS and ABC.
As we speak, Renee is the LPGA/PGA Head Golf Skilled at Clearview Golf Membership in East Canton, Ohio the place she’s holding her father’s legacy of “Golf for Everybody” alive. Renee’s work extends all through her neighborhood as a member of a number of boards together with the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, Mercy Medical Heart, and Pathway Caring for Kids, Conference and Guests Bureau, in addition to a member of Rotary Worldwide.