More than Golf . . . African American Golf History is American History!
Early Pete Brown was born February 2, 1935 in Port Gibson,
He turned professional in 1954. Within three years of his
professional golf career, Brown was stricken with non-paralytic
polio; he had difficulty walking, and he could not even hold a
golf club; but, in spite of his medical condition, Brown became
an outstanding golfer.
In 1963, Brown joined the PGA Tour. The following year (1964),
Brown won the Waco Turner Open; thus, Brown became the first
African American to win a PGA Tour sanctioned event - he posted
a 280 (eight under par).
In 1970 Brown shot a 275 (13 under par) and won the Andy
Williams-San Diego Open Invitational (now the Buick Invitational).
This was Brown's second and last PGA Tour win.
Even though Brown captured two PGA Tour victories, he never received an invitation to play in a Masters Tournament. His PGA Tour wins occurred before 1972, the year the Masters Tournament invitation-only policy reflected the following: any player who won a PGA Tour event within a calendar year received an invitation to play in the following year's Masters. This change was not retroactive (related things done before the change); thus, neither of Brown's PGA Tour wins qualified him for an invitation to play in a Masters Tournament.
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Pete Brown died May 1, 2015 in a hospital in Augusta, Georgia.