Clearview Looks To ‘Leave A Legacy’

By Tony McClean
Updated: September 29, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — During the weekend of October 17-19, several HBCU students and alumni will come together at the historic Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio to celebrate opportunity, achievement, and the legacy of men and women who have dedicated their lives to creating opportunities for others.

The “Leave A Legacy” HBCU Student and Alumni Golf Tournament will take place at Clearview GC. Presented by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Clearview Legacy Foundation, registration will begin on Friday, October, 17th.

The next day will feature an alumni and celebrity tournament, a career fair, and a golf clinic to be given by LPGA Member Renee Powell. Later on that evening, an awards banquet will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The keynote speaker will be Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

Ms. Powell’s father, Dr. William “Bill” Powell is the architect and owner of the Clearview Golf Club, the first and only course in the United States to be designed, built, and operated by an African American back.

When Powell encountered racial discrimination on the golf course after returning home from World War II, he decided to build his own place to play, one where people of all colors would be welcome.

In 1946, he established Clearview Golf Club in East Canton. With the help of his children and his late wife, Marcella, “Mr. P” carved nine holes out of farmland while working nights as a security guard. He opened Clearview to the public in 1948 and in 1978 expanded it to 18 holes.

Mr. Powell continues to be recognized worldwide for his achievement of sustaining and maintaining the course for more than 50 years. In March of 1998 he was elected to Honorary Membership in the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA.

In 2001, Clearview was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It garnered Ohio Historic Site recognition the same year. As for Renee, she learned the game of golf from her father and went on to the LPGA Tour.

After becoming a champion at national junior level, Ms. Powell turned professional in 1967. During her 13-year professional career, she competed in more than 250 tournaments worldwide. As Clearview’s Head Golf Professional, she is known as one of America’s top teachers.

Also in 2001, the Clearview Legacy Foundation was established to preserve the Clearview Golf Course for future generations, to develop improved facilities for teaching the game of golf, and to expand turfgrass research.

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