First African-American Tour Winner, Pete Brown, Passes Away at 80

May 1, 2015

Pete Brown, the first African-American to win a PGA Tour event,  has passed away at the age of 80 years old in Augusta, Ga.

Brown, who earned that celebrated victory at the 1964 Waco Turner open in Oklahoma, was born in Jackson, Miss. and was the father of six daughters with his wife Margaret Brown.

Brown’s career on Tour extended 17 years and included a second victory in 1970 at the Andy Williams Open (which has changed through the years to become the Farmers Insurance Open).

His passing has added to a woeful few days that began with news of 12-time Tour winner Calvin Peete passing at age 71 earlier this week.

After his professional career, Brown became the head professional at Madden Golf Club in Dayton, Ohio in 1981.

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