Renee Powell

Clearview Golf Course

Renee Powell was the second African-American to play on the LPGA Tour, competing in more than 250 events after joining in 1967. After leaving the LPGA Tour in 1980, she devoted her life to introducing life skills and growing the game among underprivileged children, members of the military and golfers from the United States to Great Britain to Africa.

In 1995, she became the first African-American female Class A Member of the PGA of America and the LPGA. In 2003, she was named the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf, and in 2008, she was made an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of St Andrews. In 2015, Powell along with golfing great Annika Sorenstam were among the first seven women to be granted membership into the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

Her father, William Powell – who in 1948 opened Clearview Golf Course, the first course completely designed and built by an African-American, in East Canton, Ohio – introduced her to golf at age three. She began her competitive career at age 12, and later played at Ohio University for two years before transferring to Ohio State, where she served as captain of the women’s golf team.
She is currenlt the PGA Head Professional at Clearview, where she operates a full schedule of growth of the game initiatives.