This Week in Golf History April 21-27

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April 21, 1974 ' Lee Elder wins the Monsanto Open in a playoff over Peter Oosterhuis, which makes him the first African-American to earn a Masters invitation - in 1975. This was 13 years after the PGA dropped the Caucasians-only clause from its bylaws.
 
April 22, 1985 ' Kathryn Crosby removes late husband Bings name from the tournament at Pebble Beach. The tournament had been known since as 1953 as the Bing Crosby National Professional-Amateur. She cites displeasure with commercialization of the event. It is known today as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
 
April 23, 1965 ' Mickey Wright announces 1965 is her final full year and she will retire in 1966.
 
April 25, 1980 ' The Senior Tours first unofficial event begins ' the Legends of Golf in Austin, Texas. It was team competition, won by Tommy Bolt and Art Wall, and spawned the Champions Tour of today.
 
April 26, 1953 ' Al Besselink wins $10,000 and the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, but he also reportedly bet $500 on himself at odds of 25 to 1. That gave him an extra $12,500.
 
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