As a 16-year-old, John Shippen became the first American-born player to lead the U.S. Open (first round).
Dr. George Grant was awarded a US. patent for the wooden golf tee.
A Walter Speedy-led group sued the city of Chicago for the right to play in a city-run tournament.
Shady Rest G&CC, the first black owned and operated golf club, was constructed in Scotch Plains, N.J.
Joseph Bartholomew returned to New Orleans and later designed Pontchartrain Golf Course (below).
The United Golfers Association (black golf tour) was formed.
"Hard Rock" Robinson (right in photo) became the personal caddie/assistant to architech Donald Ross (left) at Pinehurst.
John Brooks Dendy won the first of three Negro National Opens.
"Caucasian-only" clause was added to PGA's constitution.
Wake Robin GC, the country's oldest women's golf club, was formed.
Langston Golf Course opened in Washington, D.C.
Thelma Cowans won the first of her four UGA national titles.
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.
Joe Luis, famous for his boxing exploits, became the first African-American to play in a PGA-sanctioned event.
Western States Golf Association was chartered.
Tup Holmes led the effort that opened play to African-American on public courses in Atlanta.
Ann Gregory became the first African-American to enter the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Bill Wright won the 1959 U.S. Public Links.
Charlie Sifford became an "approved tournament player" on the PGA Tour.
PGA's "Caucasian-only" clause was abolished.
Althea Gibson became the first African-American member of the LPGA Tour.
Pete Brown won the Waco Turner Open, becoming the first African-American to capture a PGA-sanctioned tournament.
Lee Elder was the first African-American invited to play in...