Spreading Good News (Post 673 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: John Matthew Shippen, Jr., First African American Professional Golfer)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  John Matthew Shippen, Jr., First African American Professional Golfer

Source:  The Internet

John Matthew Shippen, Jr., was the first African American professional golfer and known as one of America’s golf pioneers.  Shippen achieved this distinction when he competed in the U.S. Open in 1896.

John Shippen was born on December 5, 1879 in Long Island, New York, to Eliza and John Shippen, Sr., the fourth of nine children.  His father, John, Sr., was a Presbyterian minister on the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Southampton, New York.  Shippen was introduced to golf in 1894 when a 12-hole golf course, later expanded to 18 holes, was built near the Indian reservation in Shinnecock Hills.  Willie Dunn, a Scottish golfer and the owner of the golf course, taught some of the local youth.  He later recalled that Shippen became one of his best students.

At the age of 16, Shippen worked full time at the golf course as a caddy, an instructor, and a repair man.  He also worked with the maintenance crew.  In 1896 at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Open, scheduled to be played at Shinnecock Hills, along with one of his friends, Oscar Bunn, who was Native American.  With their participation, they became the first professional golfers for both races.

After hearing the news of African American and Native American golfers playing in the competition, many Scottish and English golfers informed Theodore Havemeyer, the President of the United States Golf Association (USGA), that they would withdraw from the event.  Some did but most of them stayed.  After the first day of the U.S. Open, Shippen was tied for first place, demonstrating his skill with a score of 78.  Going into the final round, he had a shot at the title, but he shot an 11 at hole 13, which placed him in 5th place.  He won a $10 prize.  Shippen competed in five other U.S. Open contests between 1897 and 1902.  His best finish in these subsequent contests was 5th place in 1902.

Shippen continued working at Shinnecock Hills even as he pursued a career as a professional golfer.  By 1924, he retired from competition and began working at Shady Rest Golf Course in New Jersey.  He remained there until 1960.  While at Shady Rest, Shippen designed and sold his own clubs, marked with “J. M. Shippen.”

Shippen was the only African American golfer to compete in the U.S. Open until Ted Rhodes entered the contest in 1948.   While a professional golfer, he was barred from membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).   In 2009, however, the PGA granted him posthumous membership.

John Matthew Shippen, Jr., died in a Newark, New Jersey, nursing home in 1968 at the age of 89.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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4 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 673 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: John Matthew Shippen, Jr., First African American Professional Golfer)

  1. Sandra says:

    It’s sad that he wasn’t able to take his career further.

  2. Never heard of Mr. Shippen. Wonderful ending to this story Joyce.

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