A century of milestones 1896-2000.

Position:Legends Of The Game
 
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1896

As a 16-year-old, John Shippen became the first American-born player to lead the U.S. Open (first round).

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1899

Dr. George Grant was awarded a US. patent for the wooden golf tee.

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1910

A Walter Speedy-led group sued the city of Chicago for the right to play in a city-run tournament.

1921

Shady Rest G&CC, the first black owned and operated golf club, was constructed in Scotch Plains, N.J.

1922

Joseph Bartholomew returned to New Orleans and later designed Pontchartrain Golf Course (below).

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1925

The United Golfers Association (black golf tour) was formed.

1930

"Hard Rock" Robinson (right in photo) became the personal caddie/assistant to architech Donald Ross (left) at Pinehurst.

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1932

John Brooks Dendy won the first of three Negro National Opens.

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1934

"Caucasian-only" clause was added to PGA's constitution.

1937

Wake Robin GC, the country's oldest women's golf club, was formed.

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1939

Langston Golf Course opened in Washington, D.C.

1947

Thelma Cowans won the first of her four UGA national titles.

1948

Ted Rhodes, arguably the greatest African-American golfer (150 titles), trailed Ben Hogan by three strokes in the first round of the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera.

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1952

Joe Luis, famous for his boxing exploits, became the first African-American to play in a PGA-sanctioned event.

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1954

Western States Golf Association was chartered.

1955

Tup Holmes led the effort that opened play to African-American on public courses in Atlanta.

1956

Ann Gregory became the first African-American to enter the U.S. Women's Amateur.

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1959

Bill Wright won the 1959 U.S. Public Links.

1960

Charlie Sifford became an "approved tournament player" on the PGA Tour.

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1961

PGA's "Caucasian-only" clause was abolished.

1963

Althea Gibson became the first African-American member of the LPGA Tour.

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1964

Pete Brown won the Waco Turner Open, becoming the first African-American to capture a PGA-sanctioned tournament.

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1975

Lee Elder was the first African-American invited to play in...

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