Bill Wright, PGA

First Black USGA Champion

Bill Wright was an American golfer who was the first African-American to win a USGA event, winning the 1959 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. He played college golf at Western Washington College of Education, winning the 1960 NAIA Men’s Golf Championship individual title. Wright turned professional in the early 1960’s and played a few PGA Tour events. He also played in the 1966 U.S. Open and five U.S. Senior Opens.