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2012 News Archives 


Thomas Matthews
Known for his love for golf and his passion to introduce the game to others, Thomas Matthews spent many years in the golf industry.  He was the first African American golf professional at Duncan Park Golf Course (Natchez, Mississippi).  In the 1960s, Matthews competed in golf tournaments throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.  In 2009 Matthews became the head men's and women's golf coach at Alcorn State University (Lorman, Mississippi). Coach Matthews's time served at Alcorn State University was his last act of service in the golf industry.

A graduate of Jackson State College, Matthews received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965.  He spent more than 20 years as an educator.

Thomas Matthews died October 4, 2012 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Carrie Russell
The first African American Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) "Class A" Member, Carrie Russell received "Class A" certification in 1974.  Two year later, Russell became the first president of the LPGA Northeast Section; she served from 1976 to 1978.  Russell was also the first golf coach at Delaware State University; she coached men's golf from 1972 to 1980. Russell received a bachelor's degree from Delaware State University and a master's degree from West Chester State University.  She taught physical education and English in the United States and abroad. In August 2012, Carrie Russell died at age 83.


Barbara Douglas 
A Champion for Golf, Barbara Douglas received the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, an annual award by Golf Writers Association of America given to an individual who has stayed active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Douglas was the first minority to chair the United States Golf Association (USGA) Women's Committee.  She was appointed to the position in February 2009 and within months after her appointment, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Douglas had surgery and extensive treatments for her disease; however, for as long as she could, she continued to serve the golf world.  Douglas also chaired the USGA Women's Committee in 2010. Douglas was also the first minority woman member of the USGA Women's Committee (1993), second vice chair of the USGA Women's committee (1995), and vice chairman of the USGA Women's Committee (2007).  She has also served as president for the National Minority Golf Foundation, chairman of the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, and an executive for IBM.

Barbara Douglas died January 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  She was 69 years old.


William "Bill" Dickey 
Known as the Minority Youth Golf Ambassador, William "Bill" Dickey hosted the first Minority Junior Golf Championship in 1981.  He cofounded the National Minority Golf Foundation (1995) and also the National Minority College Golf Championship (1987), which is now the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.   Dickey was founder of the National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association, which was incorporated in 1984 and renamed The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association (BDSA) in 2005.  The BDSA has raised more than three million dollars for scholarships through its major fundraisers including the East West Classic. In 1999, Dickey became the first African American recipient of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Distinguished Service Award.  He also received the PGA Tour's 1992 Card Walker Award and the 2001 USGA Joe Dey Award. William "Bill" Dickey was a United States Air Force veteran, and also a former real estate and insurance executive.  Dickey died October 16, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 84 years old.


Tiger Woods claims 74th career PGA Tour victory 
Tiger Woods holds 74 PGA Tour victories.  Woods now places 2nd for all PGA Tour career wins.  Sam Snead holds first place with 82 PGA Tour career wins, and Jack Nicklaus is in third place with 73 PGA Tour career wins. 

Tiger Woods' Top-ten postings for 2012
Won Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; posted 9 under (70, 69, 73, 67) 279

Won AT&T National, hosted by Tiger Woods at Congressional Golf Club (Bethesda, Maryland); posted eight under (72, 68, 67, 69) 276.

Won Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard; posted 13 under (69, 65, 71, 70) 275

Places 2nd for FedEx Cup Championship.

Tied secondThe Honda Classic; posted ten under (71, 68, 69, 62) 270.

Placed third Deutsche Bank Championship; posted 18 under (64,68,68,66) 266. Tied third at the British Open; posted three under (67, 67, 70 73) 277.

Tied fourth—BMW Championship; posted 17 under (65, 67, 71, 68) 271. Tied fourth at World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual; posted nine under (70, 69, 69, 71) 279.

Tied eighth—Tour Championship; posted two under (66, 73, 67, 72) 278. Tied eighth—WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; posted four under (70, 72, 68, 66) 276.


Condoleezza Rice becomes member of Augusta National Golf Club 
In August 2012, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became a member of Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament; thus, making Rice one of two female members of Augusta National Golf Club.  Both women became members in August 2012. Augusta National Golf Club opened in 1932, had its first African American member in 1990, and now its first female members in 2012, one who is African American. Fifty-seven year old Rice is an avid golfer.  She was recently appointed to the United States Golf Association nominating committee. 


Gladys Lee Earns LPGA "Class A" Status 
She entered the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Program in 2007.  Five years later, in June 2012, Gladys Lee became the fifth African American LPGA "Class A" Member since the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Program's inception in 1959.


Wake-Robin Golf Club Celebrates its 75th Anniversary 
The oldest registered African American women's golf club in the United States, Wake-Robin Golf Club was founded in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 1937 by Helen Webb Harris.  Based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, this historical organization celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.  The two-day event was held June 1011 at National Golf Club at Tantallon in Fort Washington, Maryland. Wake-Robin Golf Club promotes women's interest in golf and provides scholarships to college bound female high school graduates.  


Jim Thorpe places fifth at Champions Tour event
His best finish so far in 2012 was on March 25 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.  Thorpe tied fifth, posting a 207, 9 under par (70, 65, 72).  As of June 10, he has played in ten Champions Tour events this season.  


Alabama State University-2012 SWAC Conference Champions 
Men's golf team is the 2012 SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) conference champions.  For the 54-hole event, the team shot an 894, posting a team score of 300. Dr. Gary Grandison is head golf coach; assistant golf coach is Robert Clark Sr. Alabama State University is a HBCU (Historically Black College and University) institution.


Shasta Averyhard receives the inaugural LPGA Rising Star Award

Averhardt also earns 2013 LPGA Tour member status.


Oneda Castillo is named LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year.

Castillo entered the LPGA T&CP program in 1998, and in 2003 she received LPGA "Class A" member status. She serves as a national evaluator for the LPGA. Castillo is based out of the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. 


Cheyenne Woods turns professional

After graduating from Wake Forest University, Cheyenne Woods captured her first professional win in August on the SunCoast Ladies Series Tour.