Golf Professional Born Today | Charles Owens

charles owens hitting cross handed

Other golf professionals also born on this day:

Gary Evans, who is an English golfer born in 1969. Tommy Aaron who played on the PGA Tour during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and won the 1973 Masters. Vijay Singh, who is a Fijian golfer, born in 1963.

Vijay was the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 2003, 2004 and 2008!

Today’s Birthday Wishes Go To Golf Professional: Charles Owens

Born On: February 22, 1930

Nationality: United States

Residence: Tampa, FL

Turned Professional: 1967

Tour(s): PGA, Champions

Professional Wins: 4

Number of Wins by Tour:

PGA: 1

Champions: 2

Other: 1

Interesting Facts or Quotes:

Owens played football at Florida A&M University and served in the US Army.

He suffered injuries to both knees and his left ankle during a parachute jump at Fort Bragg, NC in 1952 which left him handicapped.

Owens turned professional in 1967 and joined the PGA Tour in 1970.

Owens played on the PGA Tour for seven years and won the 1971 Kemper Asheville Open, which is a “satellite” PGA Tour event.

Owens played with a limp and played all golf shots cross-handed, meaning he swung the golf club with his forward hand lower than the following hand.

Don’t knock it until you try it. You may find it works for you.

The best year of his professional career was in 1986, while on the Senior PGA Tour. Owens won twice in three tournaments, and finished eighth on the money list with $207,813.

Because of his disability, Owens was allowed to use a cart while competing in most tocharles owen belly putterurnaments. He staged a protest at the 1987 US Senior Open because the USGA had banned carts at that event.

If you’ve ever wanted to know who to blame for the “belly putter”, it’s Charles Owens. Owens used the belly putter to help cure himself from the yips.

You all know how hard that can be.

As of this writing, Owens lives in Tampa, FL.

In 1987, he won the Ben Hogan Award and was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 2007.

To learn more about Charles Owen’s incredible story check out: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/golf/charlie-owens-the-retired-head-pro-at-tampas-rogers-park-confronted-racism/977247

As always my friends…Long and straight!

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