Weekend events benefit the Clearview Legacy Foundation for education, preservation and research
Photos by Tricia Taylor
EAST CANTON, OHIO - June 13-14, 2010 - Clearview Golf Club and Renee Powell, LPGA/PGA Head Golf Professional at Clearview and board member of the Clearview Legacy Foundation hosted a Dinner and Pro-Am Celebrating 'Legacy Through Leadership - 60 Years of the LPGA' June 13-14, 2010. The weekend celebrated the combined legacies of the Clearview Golf Club and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Clearview Golf Club, known as "America's Course," is the only golf course designed, built, owned and operated by an African-American, the late William Powell, Renee Powell's father. The first nine holes of the course opened to the public in 1948, and the course was expanded by Mr. Powell to 18 holes 30 years later. In 2001, Clearview, located on U.S. Route 30, The Lincoln Highway, was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the Interior and an Ohio Historic Site.
The LPGA was established in 1950 through the hard work and dedication of 13 very special women - the founding members of the LPGA, who were dedicated to golf as a game and a career. They "did it all," according to the LPGA, planning and organizing golf tournaments, drafting bylaws, supervising membership and much more in a "labor of love" that has become one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world.
The LPGA Pro-Am reception and dinner on June 13 welcomed keynote speaker Shirley Spork, one of five of the 13 founding members of the LPGA still living, who talked about the beginning of the LPGA. Other LPGA players that offered insights into the growth, global impact and legacy of that sports organization, included Betsy King, former Solheim Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Fame member.
Participants in the Dinner and Pro-Am included past and present LPGA Tour players Michelle Ellis, Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Betsy King, Jenny Lidback, Cindy Miller, Barb Mucha, Sandra Post, Renee Powell, and Carrie Wood, as well as Duramed FUTURES Tour players Kathleen Ekey, Kelly Froelick, Christina Jones, and Kylene Pulley.