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PGA of America Board Votes to Rename the Horton Smith Award, 'Taking Ownership of a Failed...

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    HORTON SMITH WAS A HALL OF FAME GOLFER who won the Masters twice and a total of 30 titles on the PGA Tour. Smith also served as the PGA President from 1952 to 1954.

    Today, the PGA of America said it will retire Smith's name from a longtime award:
    The PGA Board of Directors announced renaming the Horton Smith Award, which had been presented annually since 1965, based upon review of its namesake. Horton Smith, a two-time Masters Champion who served as PGA President from 1952-54, was a defender of the "Caucasian-only" membership clause, which was regrettably included in the PGA Bylaws from 1934-61.
    The PGA Professional Development Award retains the previous criteria that showcases individuals who have demonstrated achievements in professional education.
    "In renaming the Horton Smith Award, the PGA of America is taking ownership of a failed chapter in our history that resulted in excluding many from achieving their dreams of earning the coveted PGA Member badge and advancing the game of golf," said PGA President Suzy Whaley.
    "We need to do all we can to ensure the PGA of America is defined by inclusion. Part of our mission to grow the game is about welcoming all and bringing diversity to the sport."​

    Source: PGA of America Board Votes to Rename the Horton Smith Award, 'Taking Ownership of a Failed Chapter in Our History'

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