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Renee Powell

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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Golfer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
5/4/1946
Birth Location:
Camden, Ohio

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Golfer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
5/4/1946
Birth Location:
Camden
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Biography

Professional golfer and educator Renee Powell is one of only three African American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association's (LPGA) Tour. She is the daughter of William Powell, owner of the Clearview Golf Course in Canton, Ohio, the first such facility designed, constructed, owned and operated by an African American. Renee Powell graduated from high school in Canton in 1964 and attended Ohio University and Ohio State University.

She began competing as a golfer at age twelve, and continued perfecting her game during her college years. She made her professional debut on the LPGA Tour in 1967, and her first tournament was the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the United States Golf Association. In 1980, when she finished competing on the Tour, she taught golf in Africa and Europe and later returned home to Canton where she currently serves as the head professional golfer at Clearview Golf Course. In 2000, Clearview Golf Course was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Powell family established the Clearview Legacy Foundation for education, preservation and turf grass research. In 2003, Renee Powell received the First Lady of Golf Award from the Professional Golfers' Association. In 2007, she received the first Rolex "For the Love of the Game" Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Renee Powell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Renee Powell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Renee Powell describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Renee Powell describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Renee Powell describes her earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Renee Powell describes her experiences with racism while attending St. Benedict's School in Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Renee Powell describes her childhood home on the Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Renee Powell describes her father's love of golf and experiences with racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Renee Powell describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Renee Powell describes her experiences in elementary and high school in Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Renee Powell remembers her awareness of the Civil Rights Movement and President John F. Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Renee Powell describes her college experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Renee Powell talks about joining the LPGA Tour in 1967
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Renee Powell describes the culture of the LPGA Tour during her professional career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Renee Powell talks about working for Clearview Golf Club as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Renee Powell describes facing racial prejudice as a professional golfer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Renee Powell talks about her role models as a trailblazing African American female athlete
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Renee Powell talks about the African American golf community during her professional career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Renee Powell talks about the history of African Americans in professional golf
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Renee Powell reflects upon the importance of maintaining historically black organizations' involvement in golf
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Renee Powell reflects upon the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in an integrated society
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Renee Powell explains how national golf associations began pressuring private golf clubs to allow women and minorities in the 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Renee Powell explains the significance of Tiger Woods winning his first major at the Masters Tournament in 1997
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Renee Powell talks about Senator Strom Thurmond and his African American daughter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Renee Powell talks about Fuzzy Zoeller's racist comments at the 1997 Masters Tournament
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Renee Powell talks about living abroad in England during the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Renee Powell describes her efforts to promote golf in Africa in the 1980s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Renee Powell describes her time as a golf instructor and goodwill ambassador in Zambia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Renee Powell describes her efforts to promote golf in Africa in the 1980s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Renee Powell describes working at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio during the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Renee Powell talks about golf's growth within the African American community and African Americans' growing acceptance within the golf community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Renee Powell describes publications that focus on golfing history and culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Renee Powell talks about how Clearview Golf Club became named a historical site in 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Renee Powell offers advice to aspiring golfers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Renee Powell talks about the awards she has received for her achievements in golf
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Renee Powell reflects upon the legacy of her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Renee Powell narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Renee Powell narrates her photographs, pt. 2