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Partee Golf Club celebrates 50th anniversary

The Partee Golf Club is holding a three day weekend event. Last night they kicked things off with a Friday night pre-tourney party at Links Wonderland and Saturday, they put on their golf gear and hit the green. Here’s how the oldest black golf club is helping children in the community and why this year is so unique.

Posted: Aug 25, 2018 7:20 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2018 7:49 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Partee Golf Club provides a scholarship every year to disadvantaged youth in the city. It's been doing so for fifty years.

Last year they raised over $10,000.

"This year because it is our 50th year, we do have a higher goal. This year we're looking for $15,000 to support about 30 students," Dwight Thomas said.

Thomas is the president of the golf club.

Their only living founder, Louie Dinwiddie, said for the Partee Golf Club to be around this long and help so many children is what they've always strived to do.

"It's like a child that did good in life. It started with three or four guys with an idea. It's blossomed into the largest tournament in the midwest, and donated over $250,000 dollars in money for the scholarship fund for young people," Dinwiddie said.

However it wasn't easy to get to this point 50 years ago.

"The challenge was that we could only play one golf course. That was Foster Park. We couldn't play out here in Brookwood or any other golf courses so we met with all the owners of the golf courses here in Fort Wayne and we came to an agreement that it would be okay for us to play on the courses," he explained.

Coming back to Fort Wayne from Atlanta, Dinwiddie said so much has changed, but he's glad Partee Golf Club is going strong and the place he grew up is changing for the better.

"A lot of places are not there anymore. What's not there, there's something positive that's been built there. I feel good about that. Fort Wayne is on the move," Dinwiddie added.

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