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Charles Owens

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Charles Owens
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1930-02-22) February 22, 1930 (age 90)
Winter Haven, Florida
Nationality 23x15px United States
Residence Tampa, Florida
College Florida A&M University
Turned professional 1967
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
Champions Tour 2

Charles Owens (born February 22, 1930) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Owens was born in Winter Haven, Florida. He played football at Florida A&M University and served in the U.S. Army. He suffered injuries to both knees and his left ankle during a parachute jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1952 which left him handicapped.[1]

Owens turned professional in 1967 and joined the PGA Tour in 1970. During his seven years on the Tour, he won the 1971 Kemper Asheville Open, a "satellite" PGA Tour event. Owens played with a limp and played all golf shots cross-handed. The biggest year of his professional career came on the Senior PGA Tour in 1986, when he won twice in a three tournament span, and finished eighth on the money list with $207,813.

Owens was allowed to use a cart while competing in most instances due to his disability, and once staged a protest at the 1987 U.S. Senior Open against the USGA for its ban on carts at that event.[1]

Owens also is credited with inventing and popularizing a "belly putter"[2] which he used to overcome the yips.

Owens lives in Tampa, Florida. He won the Ben Hogan Award in 1987 and was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 2007.

Professional wins (4)

Regular career wins (2)

  • 1971 Kemper Asheville Open (a PGA Tour "satellite" event)
  • 1974 Florida Open

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 9, 1986 Treasure Coast Classic –14 (65-69-68=202) 3 strokes 23x15px Lee Elder, 23x15px Don January
2 Mar 16, 1986 Del E. Webb Senior PGA Tour Roundup −14 (71-64-67=202) Playoff 23x15px Dale Douglass

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1986 Del E. Webb Senior PGA Tour Roundup 23x15px Dale Douglass Won with par on second extra hole


  1. ^ a b White Jr., Gordon S. (July 8, 1987). "Handicapped Senior Golfer to Protest Ban on Carts". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fields, Bill (September 14, 2007). "Charles Owens, An Overlooked Pioneer". Golf Digest. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 

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