AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) –
Another 300 yard drive into the back of the range, Andre Lacy is a chip off the old block.
“He was a long hitter, he was a long hitter, and lots of times people would just watch him hit the ball and he could hit it, he could hit it,” said Lacy.
Lacy learned the game of golf from his grandfather, former PGA pro Jim Dent, one of the few African-American golfers on tour in 80’s. He was known for hitting the ball deep and he got his start right here at the Augusta Municipal golf course.
“I’ve seen him out here more than I would on TV,” said Lacy.
Just a few years ago, this course, the one that first allowed black players in Augusta, was ready to close down. A move that would effectively have erased history for black golf pioneers like Jim Dent.