When she received the news recently that Mickey Wright had died, Renee Powell thought again about the friends she made all those years ago on the LPGA Tour and how their numbers gradually are thinning.
Powell’s former tour roommate, Sandra Post, had called to tell her about Wright, which led Powell to call Murle Breer and Kathy Whitworth.
Last Friday, Powell and Whitworth connected by phone.
“I knew Mickey and Kathy talked every week,” Powell said from her home in East Canton, Ohio. “We had a nice chat. I wanted her to know I was thinking about her. I told Kathy at one time we were a big family on tour. You knew everybody’s family. You knew their dogs.”
While Whitworth and Wright are the two winningest players in LPGA history, Powell, now 73, played against them. As the years have gone on, she has become as impactful in her way as the tour legends.
“Renee is a guiding light to me. She keeps me grounded.” – Suzy Whaley, PGA of America president
Powell – she became Dr. Renee Powell when she received an honorary doctorate f...
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