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Augusta National vows greater racial justice, diversity moves

Lee Elder, the first Black golfer to play at the Masters, will serve as an honorary starter at next year’s Masters, Augusta National announced Monday

AUGUSTA (UNITED STATES) – Masters host Augusta National, once an all-white and all-male enclave, vowed Monday that a tribute to racial barrier-breaker Lee Elder is only a first step in racial justice and diversity initiatives.

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley announced that Elder, who in 1975 became the first Black player in the Masters, will serve as a 2021 Masters honorary starter and have two college golf scholarships bear his name.

“Lee delivered a simple but strong message that resonated throughout the world. That message was unequivocal: I belong,” Ridley said.

“The courage and commitment of Lee Elder and other trailblazers like him inspired men…

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