The golf world suffered a huge loss today with the passing of Detroit golf legend Ben Davis at the age of 101. Davis was the first African American to serve as a head professional at a municipal golf course; Rackham Golf Course in Hungtinton Woods. Davis joined the staff at Rackham in 1952 where he taught for more than 50 years.
Davis was also the first African American member of the Michigan Section of the PGA and was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
Davis, a legend himself, also taught many Detroit legends such as boxer Joe Louis and Detroit Pistons’ Hall of Fame player Bob Lanier.
Born February 19, 1912 in Pensacola, Florida, Davis began his professional golf career at the Pine Crest Driving Range in Ferndale, Michigan in 1936. Davis is also a graduate of Detroit Northern High school.