USGA to Host 2014 African-American Golf History Symposium

Join pioneers of African-American golf history at the opening of the USGA Museum’s newest exhibit, “More Than A Game,” Former Pro Golfers Calvin Peete, Renee Powell to discuss groundbreaking exhibit.

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Far Hills, NJ (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

Join pioneers of African-American golf history at the opening of the USGA Museum’s newest exhibit, “More Than A Game,” which focuses on the creation of African-American golf clubs and their positive impact on the community despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is the story of William “Bill” Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built and owned by an African-American.

In addition to the exhibit, the USGA will premiere a documentary produced by Dan Levinson of Moxie Pictures that recounts Powell’s inspiring story of perseverance and social justice.

The new exhibit and documentary are part of the USGA’s broad initiative to make golf more accessible and more welcoming to audiences that have been historically underserved by the game.

WHO:
Calvin Peete, 12-time champion on the PGA Tour
Renee Powell, Former LPGA Tour Player and Head Professional of Clearview Golf Club
Bill Bishop, Former Pro Golfer, Founder of Freeway Golf Course
Michael Trostel, USGA Senior Curator/Historian
Dan Levinson, President and Producer, Moxie Pictures

WHAT:                
“More Than a Game” Exhibit Opening and Symposium Discussion

WHERE:
United States Golf Association
Reception Room, Administration Building
77 Liberty Corner Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931

WHEN:
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
10 a.m.–5 p.m. EST

WHY:
The event is an opportunity to hear the stories of determination and perseverance of African-American pioneers in golf.

CONTACT:
RSVP if you plan to attend:
Jeff Altstadter, USGA Communications
jaltstadter(at)usga(dot)org, 908-326-1880
973-908-9991 (cell)

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit http://www.usga.org.


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