Charles Owens

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Birthday
22, 1930
Birthplace
Tampa, FL
Death Date
Sep 7, 2017 (87)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
22, 1930
Birthplace
Tampa, FL
Death Date
Sep 7, 2017 (87)

About

Former PGA golfer who won two Champions Tours despite playing cross-handed and needing a golf cart after a parachute accident in 1952. He was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 2007.

Before Fame

He joined the PGA in 1970, and to help him overcome his putting disability, he invented a new putter, which he called the Yip Killer.

Trivia

While most of the time he was allowed to use a cart in competition, in 1987 he protested the USGA's ban on carts at the Senior Open.

Family Life

He was born in Tampa, Florida.

Associated With

His first Senior PGA Tour win came in 1986, with a three stroke margin over Lee Elder and Don January.