Bill Wright’s Triumph in the Face of Adversity

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In 1959, Bill Wright made golf history when he became the first black USGA champion, winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links. Learn more about Wright’s inspiring story and why he calls that victory “the best thing that’s happened to me in my life.”

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