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USGA honors Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson

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The United States Golf Association will honor in a special museum display three African-American athletes, each of whom are renowned for a different sport but nonetheless achieved great accomplishments in the game of golf, according to

"American Champions and Barrier Breakers" will highlight the contributions and legacies of Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson, who all became competitive golfers following their incredible careers in baseball, boxing and tennis, respectively.

The exhibit, which opens Feb. 17 and will run through July, will feature artifacts, documents and photographs of these three great athletes whose "participation and convictions changed the game," said Susan Wasser, assistant manager of operations at the USGA museum.

Robinson became one of the great African-American golfers of his era and frequently played with Louis, who became the first African-American player to compete in a PGA tour event, the 1952 San Diego Open.

Gibson joined the LPGA Tour in 1964, the first African-American woman to do so, and enjoyed a successful career, including a second-place finish in the 1972 Len Immke Buick Open and 11 LPGA championship appearances.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the USGA Museum will host a one-day symposium on Saturday, Feb. 18, which is free and open to the public.


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