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Pete Brown 



Pete Brown

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.

More Pete Brown Highlights

  • Three-time winner of the North and South Tournament
  • Won 1961 Michigan Open
  • Won 1962 and 1963 United Golfer Association National Negro Open Championship (professional division)
  • Finished 35th on the 1970 PGA Tour money list
  • Tied for sixth, 1985 Senior PGA Tour Roundup
  • Tied for sixth, 1985 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic
  • Served as head golf professional for more than 20 years at Madden Golf Course (Dayton, Ohio)

Pete Brown died May 1, 2015 in a hospital in Augusta, Georgia.