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Martha Wilson

one of the first African American golfers to play on the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) tour. Born in Dallas, Texas, Elder was orphaned at an early age. He moved to Los Angeles to live with his sister, and surreptitiously entered segregated golf courses at night, where he taught himself to play golf. He moved in 1966 to Washington, D.C., where he served in the army and distinguished himself as a skilled golfer. It was here that he met and married his first wife, Rose Harper Lee. He became a professional golfer in 1959 and joined the all-black United Golf Association tour in 1961.

In 1967 he joined the mainstream PGA and in 1971 he played in the first racially integrated tourn`ament in South Africa s history after first making sure that he and his wife could stay at the hotel of their choice and could ...

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Jeremy Rich

professional golfer and businessman, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 November 1935, the son of Muriel (maiden name unknown) and Harry Player. His father worked in a gold mine beginning at age thirteen, and later became a professional golfer. Player has recalled that his mother was a major influence on her son, and that she encouraged him to show respect toward others. Cancer took her life when Player was only eight years old, a loss he felt deeply well into adulthood. As a child Player idolized cowboy heroes from American television western series like Have Gun, Will Travel and eventually adopted the dark sartorial look of that show s hero Paladin on the golf course Wearing a shirt pants and cap Player later gloried in the nickname The Black Knight It took some convincing by Harry Player for his son to focus on golf rather ...

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Michael L. Krenn

golfer and businessman. Woods was born Eldrick Woods in Cypress, California, the son of Earl Woods and Kutilda Punsawad Woods. His father and mother met when Earl Woods was serving with the U.S. Army in Thailand during the Vietnam War and Kutilda Punsawad was a Thai national working as a secretary where he was based. They married in 1969 and had their first and only child six years later. From his birth the child was called “Tiger” by his father, a tribute to one of the South Vietnamese soldiers Earl Woods served with during the war.

Tiger Woods was a virtual walking melting pot, combining the Chinese, Thai, African American, Native American, and Dutch backgrounds of his parents. But the America he was born into was hardly the racially tolerant promised land dreamed of by Martin Luther King Jr. The all white neighborhood in Cypress California where ...