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Lee Elder, 1st Black Golfer to Compete at the Masters, Dead at 87

Lee Elder, who made history as the first Black golfer to compete in the Masters Tournament, has died, according to the Washington Post and Yahoo Sports. He was 87.

The PGA Tour broke the unfortunate news on Monday; thus far, the cause of death has not been made publicly available.

In 1961, after being discharged from the Army, Elder joined the United Golf Association, which was considered the golf equivalent of baseball’s Negro Leagues because it consisted of Black golfers who were prohibited from participating in the PGA Tour (until it eliminated its “whites-only” rule in 1961). He would then go on to dominate the UGA, where he won 21 out of 23 tournaments at one point, before finally earning a spot on the PGA Tour in 1967.

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