Renee Powell and Eddie Herman on the bridge over the Swilken Burn


Renee Powell and her Dad William

On June 25 Carolyn attended a ceremony at St. Andrews University inducting Renee Powell. Renee’s degree follows, in order, the following professionals to be honoured at St. Andrews: Charlie Sifford, Peter Alliss, Nick Faldo, Peter Thomson, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Monty and Seve Ballasteros. Quite a group to join, for one of only three African-American women to have competed regularly on the LPGA Tour. Renee travelled on the LPGA tour with Sandra Post, at the time both would have been oddities on the LPGA Tour. I guess since neither is Korean they still would be.Renee “was humbled to receive the Honourary Degree at the home of Golf”. Carolyn sat through the ceremony next to William Powell, the very proud father of Renee who actually could have been the one so honoured. William, a US Army veteran and PGA Life Member of the Northern Ohio PGA, built Clearview Golf Club in northern Ohio in 1946. Sadly he remains the only African-American (I dislike that label) to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States. Clearview is in the National Register of historic places. When Carolyn introduced herself all William wanted to talk about was “Postie”!

Carolyn said everything went so well, Renee was also accompanied by the President of the PGA and the LPGA (I wonder if William was a Member in 1946). Sir Michael Bonallack and others were also there to share Renee’s honour, Sir Michael took them to play the Old Course and the R&A clubhouse.

Unfortunately I had to miss the great day due to a tourney on the CARRICK COURSE on Loch Lomond. I might do a review of this Canadian type course north of Glasgow. Actually it’s part Kissimmee (first 5 holes) and part Ontario.


Eddie Herman and Gary

This picture of Eddie and I on the most famous bridge in golf (it’s actually the Golf Bridge over the Swilken Burn, the real Swilken bridge is 50 yards away, out of bounds). Eddie, former member of Dundas Valley, celebrated his 65th birthday by playing the Old Course with his brother-in-law (me) as a gift from wife Judy. Eddie did his buddies back in Dundas proud, almost finishing par birdie. Unfortunately the duo lost 2/1 to Gordon Murray and Mike Harmon, Gordon lives in the home in the picture, directly behind us with the white window frames. Mike is the professional at Seccession Club in South Carolina (a ringer). We won the front nine but folded on the downwind leg back into the auld toun. I think we aimed at the wrong steeple a couple of tee shots.

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