Detroit Golf Club renames its Horton Smith Invitational as the Michigan Medal Play, following the lead by the PGA of America in distancing itself from the late 2-time Masters champion and supporter of the PGA’s former ‘Caucasian only’ membership clause
Changed: The name of the Horton Smith Invitational, one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in Michigan, to the Michigan Medal Play, according to a report by Tony Paul in The Detroit News . The move follows the PGA of America’s recent decision to change the name of its Horton Smith Award to the PGA Development Award amid criticism that the late Smith supported the “Caucasian only” membership clause in the PGA’s bylaws. Smith, a World Golf Hall of Fame member who died in 1963 at age 55, was a two-time Masters champion and the president of the PGA of America in 1952-54. The former Horton Smith Invitational has been held annually since 1964 at Detroit Golf Club, the site of the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic, as a tribute to Smith. He was the club’s head professional from 1946 until his death.
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