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82nd PGA Golf Championship (Louisville, KY)
Start Year : 2000
End Year : 2000
Golfer Tiger Woods won the 82nd PGA Championship, beating Bob May in a three-hole playoff at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 20, 2000. The tournament purse was $5,000,000. Woods, who was 24 years old, received the Wanamaker Trophy and $900,000. Bob May received $540,000. The Valhalla Golf Club is a private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus and owned by the PGA of America. Both the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships were held at Valhalla, and the 2008 Ryder Cup will also be held there. For more on the 82nd PGA Championship see J. Demling, "Tiger makes history with Valhalla win," Courier-Journal, 08/21/2000. See photo image of Tiger Woods with the championship trophy and other images at PGA Championship History Exhibit website.


Subjects: Golf and Golfers
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Johnson, George "GG"
Birth Year : 1939
George Johnson was born in Columbus, Georgia. He is the first and only African American head golf professional in Kentucky. In 2004, he was one of nine golf professionals named to manage Louisville Metro Park clubhouse operations for the next five years. Johnson is the Head Pro at Bobby Nichols Golf Course in Waverly Park, Louisville, KY, where he has been since 1997. George Johnson became a professional golfer in 1964, qualifying for the U.S. Open in 1965. In 1971 he won the Azalea Open and became the fourth African American to win a PGA tournament. Johnson is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour. In 2008, George Johnson was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame. For more see the annual George "GG" Johnson Golf Scramble fliers. For more about George Johnson's career, see D. Poore, "Golf league seeks minorities," Courier-Journal (Louisville), 05/02/2007, Neighborhoods section, p. 19.

See photo image and additional information about George "GG" Johnson at the bottom of the Urban Youth Golf Program website.
Subjects: Golf and Golfers, Migration North, Parks & Resorts
Geographic Region: Columbus, Georgia / Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Jones, Charles B., Sr. "Ben"
Birth Year : 1922
Death Year : 2001
Charles B. Jones, Sr. was born in Danville, KY, and grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He was the first African American basketball player at the University of Dayton where he graduated in 1949. Among his occupations, Jones was employed as business manager for African American boxer, Ezzard Mack Charles, a heavyweight champion, alias "The Cincinnati Cobra." Jones is most remembered for launching and directing the Dayton Youth Golf Academy in 1989 for inner city children. He also served as a volunteer golf instructor with the organization. Jones was inducted into the Dayton Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. Charles B. Jones, Sr. was the son of Charles and Emma Jones, according to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, and the family of six, all born in Kentucky, lived on Clinton Street in Cincinnati. For more see B. Albers, "Madden Memorial to honor local golf teacher," Dayton Daily News, 05/19/2002, Sports section, p.7D.
Subjects: Basketball, Golf and Golfers, Migration North
Geographic Region: Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky / Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio

Kentucky African American Golf Tour [Kentuckiana Amateur American Golf Tour]
Start Year : 2004
From the Kentucky African American Golf Tour website: "Organized under The Kentucky African American Golf Association, Inc., the purpose of the tour is to promote African-American golf in Kentucky. The mission was to provide African American amateur golfers in Kentucky an organized format to compete and fellowship together at the highest possible level. Membership was open to any race, creed, color, sex, religion or national origin." The tour was established in 2004, and the first tournament began in April of that year. There was an annual fee of $25. Each year the schedule started in April and continued through October, with an event scheduled each month. Players compete using the USGA Handicap System. The name of the organization has been changed to the Kentuckiana Amateur American Golf Tour, and serves Kentucky and southern Indiana. Contact the Kentuckiana Amateur African Golf Tour in Louisville, KY, for additional information.
Subjects: Golf and Golfers
Geographic Region: Kentucky

Par Makers Golf Club (Bowling Green, KY)
Start Year : 1964
In August of 1964, members of the Par Makers Golf Club were the first African Americans to hold an open golf tournament in Kentucky. It was a 36-hole open medley event held over a two day period in Bowling Green, KY. David Milliken was president of the club. Joe Owmby was secretary. The tournament was open to all races. There was also a special division for women. The cost was $10 for men and $7 for women. A dinner and dance were held after the first day of play at Elks Lodge No.1282. The golf tournament continues to be held as an annual event. A video of the 45th tournament awards ceremony is available online. For more information about the first tournament see "Club of local Negro golfers plans tourney," The Park City Daily News, 06/10/1964, p.13.  For more about current tournaments contact the Par Makers Golf Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 








  See 45th Annual Par-Makers Golf Tournament video at Vimeo  
Subjects: Golf and Golfers
Geographic Region: Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky

Sweeney, Pruitt Owsley, Sr.
Birth Year : 1893
Death Year : 1960
Born in Boyle County, KY, P. O. Sweeney became a dentist and later president of the Louisville, KY, Dental Association. He was also president of the Louisville NAACP branch and the Teachers' Equalization Committee. In 1947 he filed a lawsuit against the city of Louisville for operating a segregated public golf course. The suit was settled in 1952 when the city-owned golf course was opened to all citizens. Sweeney, a Kentucky native who was born in Junction City, KY, was the son of Edgar and Florence Sweeney. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; and Who's Who in Colored America 1927. For more general information see African American golfers during the Jim Crow Era by M. P. Dawkins and G. C. Kinloch; and Forbidden Fairways: African Americans and the game of golf, by C. H. Sinnette.
Subjects: Activists, Civil Rights, Golf and Golfers, Medical Field, Health Care, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Dentists, Court Cases
Geographic Region: Junction City, Boyle County, Kentucky / Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Washington Terrace Miniture Golf Course (Lexington, KY)
Start Year : 1930
The Washington Terrace Miniature 18-hole Golf Course opened in June of 1930. It was located across the street from Douglas Park on Georgetown Street. The course was restricted to "Colored Only" and each week the Washington Terrace Golf Club held a tournament. The facility was managed by Harrison M'Quairy. For more see "Now open, Washington Terrace..." in the Colored Notes section of the Lexington Leader, 06/26/1930, p.18; and "The Washington Terrace Golf course..." in the Colored Notes section of the Lexington Leader, 07/02/1930, p.10.
Subjects: Golf and Golfers
Geographic Region: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky


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