Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 (Renee, who helped launch e First Tee) and her father and was blown away by his service to the country, how he loved golf so much that he got together with people to build Clearview, and did that after work," says Tattersall, senior advisor for 1607 Cap - ital Partners in Richmond, Va. Tattersall and his wife, Roddy, gave generously to e First Tee, which also established the Wil - liam J. Powell Scholarship, allowing young- sters to attend e First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy. On occasion, the Tattersalls would fly Bill and Renee to e First Tee events around the country. "We'd take them so they (First Tee participants) could see some - one who overcame what he did. One of the nine core values is perseverance. What he went through is perseverance," Tattersall says. "You knew you were in the presence of somebody who had a big heart, and he had one of the warmest smiles I'd ever seen. Clearview was never a home run financially. I just think it was the passion of doing some - thing he loved. is is a guy who never gave up." Sadly, Bill Powell was not formally rec - ognized with honors until late in his life. In 1996, he was inducted into the Black Golf Hall of Fame (Larry and Renee have since been inducted). In 1999, he was granted Life Member status retroactively by the PGA of America, an organization that had a "Cau - casian-only Clause" that prevented non- whites from membership until the clause was removed in 1961. In his final year, Pow- ell was recipient of that organization's Dis- tinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame. In 2013, Powell was posthumously inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. And where did Powell get the name Clearview? One of the highest points on the course, on a hill near the 16th green, gave him a clear view of the course. e odds were stacked high against him from mak - ing that vision of his beloved course pos- sible. Powell accepted the challenge — and all challenges. e indignities. Racial slurs. Course vandals. None of it halted his quest. His piece of work is protected through the Clearview Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable foundation estab - lished 17 years ago to preserve Clearview's legacy and facilities for future generations. A patriotic soul, Bill Powell had an honor guard hoist a new American flag each year at Clearview. It's still a tradition there. Obvi - ously, his presence reigns. Hill, the family cousin, is convinced it is worthy of sensing the Powell family's spirit in person. "e message I'd give the world: Put Clearview on your bucket list," he says, "to see what the mind and the heart can do when you are dedicated to something." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. an LPGA Rookie of the Year who often roomed with Powell while they were on the road. "Bill even said we look alike (Post is white). I said, 'Bill, what part of this don't you get?' Everything people say about Renee is right. She's wonderful. She was destined to do something great." All you need to know about how much PGA of America President Suzy Whaley treasures Renee is that Powell delivered the nomination speech for Whaley when Whaley was running for vice president. "She's a role model for me. She's optimis - tic about the PGA's future, always looking forward and not backward, and just wants more people to play the game. at's what we all want," Whaley says. Bina McVehil, a female Vietnam veteran who Renee says smiles much more than she did upon her first visit to the golf course, simply is thankful for what Clearview has done for her. "I needed this. I feel I belong somewhere," McVehil says. e Old Tom Morris Award is a testa - ment to what her family accomplished, Renee says. "Superintendents are the salt of the industry. It's working the ground, the thing that daddy and Larry had to do," she says. "Dad didn't go by the book. He did it himself. He was about the earth, and that's what this award is about. We all live to play on courses. You can't play in the parking lot. You need someone to take care of the golf course. Old Tom Morris was the first one." Lasting legacy Someone has to call Bill Powell a pio- neer. Fred Tattersall happily obliges. When e First Tee was in need of a summer life skills academy to teach youths core values and how to play better golf, Tat - tersall suggested 20 years ago to e First Tee's then-executive director, Tod Leiweke, that they name a scholarship in honor of someone for the program in which youth would participate. "I said it makes sense to name it for somebody that's really been a pioneer in the golf industry. I watched a film of her All in the family: The Powells (from left, Renee, Marcella, Bill and Larry) defied the odds and built a facility where all are welcomed and is recognized around the world. Photo courtesy of the Powell family

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