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Twice as Good: The Story of William Powell and Clearview, the Only Golf Course Designed, Built, and Owned by an African American

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To nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Cource. He had been so eager to see them that he'd run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town. But his elation didn't last. When he asked two golfers if they'd teach him the game, one man responded by saying, 'Son, didn't anyone ever tell you that...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Jill
What an inspirational tale this is! As the subtitle explains, this is the true story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African American.

William Powell, the grandson of slaves, grew up in Ohio. Somehow he got enamored of golf at an early age although he had never played the game. After school, he used to run all the way to a course seven miles away just to hang around.

He asked to play, but was told that “his kind” was not welcome there. Eventu...more
Barbara
Growing up in Minerva, Ohio, young Willie Powell fell in love with the game of golf. But when he asked to play, he faced discrimination in the segregated golf courses of the time. Reduced to caddying for the white players, he shouldered their golf clubs and watched their swings. After a local doctor for whom his mother worked gave him his own set of clubs, he practiced whenever he could but dealing with whites only restrictions throughout high school. When he served his country in the military,...more
Christina
Interesting story of the man who designed and built Clearview, and how he fought racist attitudes all his life. He started out as a caddy, then by high school became a great golfer, and competed in his first junior tournament despite prejudicial attitudes of the golf course judges. When drafted in World War II and stationed in England, he played golf and enjoyed the unbigoted freedoms there. Wanted to become a professional golfer, but could not catch a break, not being allowed to golf at golfing...more
Karen
I'm in love with picture book biographies in the classroom, and this is a great one. I'd never heard of William Powell or Clearview until this, but this is definitely going to be circulating through our classrooms - great story.
Warren-Newport Public Library
"Twice as Good," the true story of William Powell and his effect on Black golfers, is incredibly inspiring, and serves as a beautiful reminder of the power of determination and vision. (Elise)
Elise
"Twice as Good," the true story of William Powell and his effect on Black golfers, is incredibly inspiring, and serves as a beautiful reminder of the power of determination and vision.
Angela
I didn't expect to enjoy a biography of a golfer this much, but this is a pretty outstanding book. The biography is well-paced, humanized, full of ambition and concientiousness. The story of William and his family is as engaging as the racist atmosphere and interactions with other golfers. The illustrations are beautiful and draw the reader right into the story. Highly recommended for all picture book biography collections, grades 1-2 and sports collections in need of something more than footbal...more
Mary
An inspiring story about following your dreams, breaking down barriers, and believing in yourself. William Powell loved golf, but he was black and was not allowed to play at golf courses in the United States in the 1930s. He went to war and in his free time, he played golf in England. He returned to America and bought land to build a golf course for all people. It was successful and is a National Historic Site. Pictures look aged and suit story well. Great to share with elementary students learn...more
Kelsey
Age: K - 2

William Powell encapsulates the true power of determination and passion from his time spent as a caddy on the gold course to his creation of the first golf course designed, built, and owned by an African American.
Sharon Lawler
After a lifetime of being denied access to golf courses, even after serving the USA during WWII, Will Powell fulfills his dream to design and create a golf course open to all, in Clearview in Canton, Ohio.
Edward Sullivan
Excellent portrait of a man who overcame racial barriers and pursued his dream. Great illustrations.
Alice
My dad would have appreciated this book about golf.
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