From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Par Makers Golf Club (Bowling Green, KY)

In August of 1964, members of the Par Makers Golf Club were believed to be 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. 

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