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A Course of Their Own : A History of African American Golfers
Bill Spiller was forty-seven when he was forced by desperate finances tocaddie at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. One day, Spiller carried clubs for a member who was outraged by Spiller's stories of inequities he'd suffered during his long golfing career. Together, the two approached California's attorney general, who ordered the Professional Golfers Association to cease its discrimination. In 1961, the "Caucasian race" clause was deleted from the PGA constitution. Stories like this abound among African-American golfers, trailblazers who found ways to play even when courses were off limits to people of color, golfers who pursued their interest in the game even when sanctioned tournaments banned blacks. Their histories make for a fascinating tale that chronicles their struggles, bravery, and passion for the game. Foreword by Julius "Dr. J." Irving.
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Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
December 11, 2012
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