Legendary golfer, Lee Elder, dead at 87

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Lee Elder posed for a picture on the first tee at the Masters golf tournament Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced today that Lee Elder, the first Black man to compete in the Masters Tournament 45 years ago, will be honored by establishing scholarships in his name and inviting him to be an Honorary Starter for the 2021 Masters. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AUGUSTA (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 is sad to report legendary golfer, Lee Elder, has died.

Robert Lee Elder was the first African-American to play the Masters in 1975, breaking the color barrier.

He was honored at the 2021 Masters, joining Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter in the ceremonial first tee shot to begin the tournament.

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Paine College for is outstanding achievements throughout his lifetime.

Augusta Mayor, Hardie Davis, proclaimed April 6, 2021 as “Lee Elder Day”.

Mr. Elder was 87-years old.

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