This was no ordinary pro-am and not because of the format. Pros went out for a series of skills challenges to benefit the Clearview Legacy Foundation, a charity designed to continue the legacy of Renee’s father Bill Powell and the course he built by hand in the family’s home state of Ohio.
“I turned pro on June 28th of 1967, so this date is the 54th anniversary of me turning pro and this year is the 75th anniversary of my father building Clearview Golf Club, so this is a special time,” Powell said. “My dad built the first 9 holes at Clearview literally by hand with a shovel and a seed bag around his neck. He had just come back from Great Britain after the war. He could play golf over there. Every town had a golf course and he felt very welcome. But to his surprise he realized that not too much had changed at home and he wasn’t welcome at golf clubs in Ohio. So, he built his own course where everyone was welcome regardless of race or gender, where you were from or what you did.
“My father wanted everyone to be treated equally in the game.”