Ally McKewen: Golf writer, who paved way for Tiger Woods, dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ally McKewen is a Black golfer and part of the Greater Rochester Golf Association

A former sports columnist, who paved the way for Tiger Woods, has died.

Ally McKewen, who was born in Wisconsin, was one of seven American brothers who played golf as part of a team.

He was, by his own admission, “the black guy in the gang” and made a name for himself through golf and entertainment on the golf circuit.

Ally McKewen helped make golf more inclusive

He began work at the Racine County Journal in Wisconsin in 1966 and went on to write for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf Digest Media Co.

The magazine held a tribute to him in July – and Golf Digest’s Cory Neal paid tribute to McKewen on Twitter.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Rockaways are part of the tri-state area that covers New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

“That’s all I’ll say,” wrote Neal, “about a great man and a great golf writer.”

He became a permanent fixture on the golf circuit, calling the sport as “golf’s answer to football” in his words.

McKewen was among the first black golfers to be sponsored in the US and assisted other black players such as Oscar Smith of South Carolina.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tiger Woods on the golf course Image caption McKewen was part of a team of seven brothers

He also established the Greater Rochester Golf Association, in a bid to make golf more inclusive.

McKewen was buried in Washington DC earlier this week.

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