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06/21/07 - Lufkin

Annual Tourney Will Honor Golf Legend

by Ramonica R. Jones

If you're a golf pro or just like to putt around for fun, you still have time to register for the annual golf tournament benefiting the HOPE Center of North Lufkin. At this year's fundraiser, the agency will pay tribute to a pioneer in the golf game.

The late Henry Durham was one of the first black golfers in the East Texas area. His longtime friends believe the only thing that kept him from going pro is segregation.

Durham wasn't allowed to play on most golf courses because of the color of his skin, but that didn't stop him from traveling the world and getting local, state and national recognition for his skill.

Dr. Odis Rhodes said, "We were not allowed to play on most of the golf courses in this region and it's difficult to say how good he really was or really could have been, because he was denied the opportunity to compete against the top white golfers - against white golfers period - until recent years."  

The HOPE Center's 6th Annual Golf Tournament starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. on that day.  

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