What black woman became the first professional golfer?

The first black professional woman golfer was Althea Gibson (1927–2003), who, in 1964, became the first black woman to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. She is best known, however, for her achievements in professional tennis. She played in several golf tournaments from 1963 to 1967. Black women, however, continue to demonstrate an interest in the sport. In 2001 Jackson State University’s women’s golf team became the first from a historically black college to receive an invitation to the NCAA regional championship. They played in the twenty-one-team NCAA East Regional in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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