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1956 Ann Gregory makes history when she becomes the first African American woman to take part in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the age of 44, although she would lose her first-round match 2&1 to Carolyn Cudone.
Gregory only began playing golf at the age of 27 when she married Leroy 'Percy' Gregory in 1939. When he was drafted into the Navy she continued to work on her game and by the end of the War was a proficient amateur. She continued working on her game and by 1950 at the age of 38 began playing in regional and national events, and travelling overseas to compete, winning six out of seven tournaments she entered.
In 1989, aged 76 and shortly after the death of Percy, she beat a field of players over 50 to claim the gold medal at the U.S. Senior Olympics. She died shortly afterwards, with some 300 amateur tournament victories around the world to her name.
(Pictured: Ann in action and posing with boxing legend Joe Louis)

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