Black History Month - Remembering Bill Wright, PGA

Date: February 24, 2021

Ontario, California: The SCPGA would like to give recognition to Bill Wright, PGA during Black History Month by remembering his achievements as a pioneer for Black golfers. Wright became the first African-American to win a USGA title at the 1959 US Amateur Public Links Championship, defeating Frank Campbell 3 & 2, at Wellshire Golf Course in Denver. 


At the time, inclusion was in its early stages, as Wright found it difficult to play professionally on the PGA Tour full-time in the 1960s. He decided to turn to teaching in the Watts district of Los Angeles whilst occasionally competing on the PGA Tour. In order to meet the financial demands of the tour, Wright also managed several auto dealerships in Southern California. 


For his achievements as an amateur, professional and PGA Member, Wright received the recognition of an SCPGA Special award, being inducted into the SCPGA Hall of Fame in 2009. Wright passed away recently on February 19, at the age of 84 after enjoying his later years teaching golf at The Lakes at El Segundo Golf Club. Thank you Bill for your contribution in the progression of golf. Our thoughts and feelings are with Bill’s family and friends at this difficult time.