On Monday following the Women’s PGA Championship, the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta hosted the Renee Powell Clearview Legacy Benefit, a fundraiser to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Clearview Golf Club and raise awareness of Powell’s contribution and impact on the women’s game.
“My whole family, they made so many sacrifices so that I could do what I did” said Powell. “My dad taught me the game of golf, and to be able to go on tour, to travel the world while they were at home in the trenches keeping that golf course alive. I just feel a strong sense of responsibility and obligation.”
The benefit began with a morning showcase, featuring Stackhouse and Powell and the latter’s impact on the past, present and future of the game. Both Powell and Stackhouse got emotional during the showcase.
“When I left the tour, Mariah wasn’t even born and there was no other African American playing. I’m just so thrilled that all of this is happening today and it’s just so great to kick this benefit off in Atlanta where Mariah is from and that she can be a part of this,” said Powell to the crowd, while beaming at Stackhouse.
“Renee, you mean the world to me,” Stackhouse replied. “You literally paved the way for myself and the ones that have come after. I have such huge respect for you as a person, as an athlete and as a fighter. It’s going to be an amazing day to uplift this rich history and an event that will be the catalyst for generations to come,” said Stackhouse, whose powerful words left the crowd in a moved silence.
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