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The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, June 29, 2023
Happy Golf Thursday everyone! This past Monday was the celebration of the third annual Renne Powell Clearview Legacy Benefit. The Clearview Legacy Benefit is a fundraiser to celebrate Clearview Golf Club and raise awareness of Renee Powell’s contribution and impact on women’s golf, with proceeds benefiting the Clearview Legacy Foundation.
With the hype surrounding KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the upcoming USWO at Pebble, this event has flown under the radar with the media. This is a wonderful cause that provides outreach to local minority youth programs, over 200 junior golfers in the Atlanta and DC areas participated in a clinic sponsored by PGA REACH. Over the last few years, events like this have raised over $500,000 for the Clearview Legacy Foundation.
Clearview is the only golf course in America that was designed, built, owned and operated by an African American — which was Powell’s father Bill. And since his passing, Powell has carried his legacy, the course’s legacy, and has created her own. She became the second black woman to play on the LPGA Tour, and during her time she competed in more than 250 professional tournaments and won the 1973 Kelly Springfield Open in Brisbane, Australia.
The Legacy Benefit included a welcome breakfast for participants, a player meet and greet with guests like Mariah Stackhouse and Christina Kim, as well as a shotgun 9-hole tournament. The day also included a special clinic for USGA Girls Golf participants presented by PGA Reach, followed by a panel sponsored by Epson to discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the golf space.
Powell has dedicated her life and career to creating equal opportunity for minorities in golf and we should celebrate her as much as possible while also creating spaces for more young black and brown women to have success in golf.
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With the Pebble on the horizon, which we can all agree is a giant step forward for the women’s game, it’s important to reflect on the efforts of Powell and other women like her, who have given so much of themselves for the sake of our sport. These kinds of opportunities don’t exist in separate spheres — and we’re grateful to have a pioneer like Renee Powell.
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Five at The IX: The 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Ruoning Yin
Q. First of all, what happened right here on this green, that putt. Talk us through it.
RUONING YIN: I mean, when I was on the 18th tee and I saw the leaderboard, and I know I have one-shot lead, but once I’m on the — after the tee shot, I saw Yuka make an incredible birdie here, and I know I have to make birdie at this hole to win the championship.
I’m glad I did it. (Laughter.)
Q. You’ve talked about how you feel like you belong on the LPGA Tour now. How were you able to handle the pressure of a major championship on Sunday today?
RUONING YIN: Today, like I said, I didn’t think too much. My goal was just no three-putts because the last couple days I made five bogeys, and four of them is made by three-putts. Yeah, today just no three-putts.
Q. There’s a historic line of champions that have won on this course, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Mickey Wright. What does it mean to you to add your name, and eventually you’ll have your picture in the famed clubhouse here?
RUONING YIN: Oh, that will be awesome. Even I think about that right now, I’ve got goosebumps. They’re all legends. I’m glad that I can be part of it.
Q. Winning at a historic track like this, does that add any importance or any significance to the victory, or a win is just a win in your mind?
RUONING YIN: Just one tournament. I think there’s more to come.
Q. As somebody that was inspired by one player playing so well from your home country, to maybe be that one person for another Ruoning Yin, what does that mean to you if you can put that into words?
RUONING YIN: I would say that means a lot. Me and Xiyu, we’re super close. It’s hard to tell. I mean, we kind of all want to push China golf to move to the next step, and I think we’re doing good. I want her to win, as well, and I hope next time she wins I can be there, too.
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