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Original Tee Golf Classic Honors Lee Elders

Lee Elders made history as the first African American to participate in the Masters Golf Tournament. The year was 1975.

A member of the United Golfers Association, PGA of America, and the PGA Senior Tour, Elders has been a trailblazer and inspiration to the world of golf.

On the evening of July 19, a diverse group of golf enthusiasts, celebrities and influencers will unite at the Wild Turkey Golf Club in New Jersey for the 16th annual Original Tee Golf Class.

Celebrating the OTGC’s 40th Anniversary, the premier amateur tournament will honor Elders’ legacy in addition to acknowledging African Americans in golf.

Supermodel and entrepreneur Beverly Bonds will present Lee Elders with the “True Original Award.”

To learn more about the prestigious event, visit originaltee.com. Proceeds benefit the Original Tee Junior Golf League.

Take a look through these Lee Elder classics from the JPC Archives!

Athlete Lee Elder, the first black golfer to qualify for the 1979 Ryder Cup Team, waits for the results of his swing in this 1978 photo. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./Ebony Collection)

Athlete Lee Elder, the first black golfer to qualify for the 1979 Ryder Cup Team, waits for the results of his swing in this 1978 photo. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./Ebony Collection)

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