John Shippen

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In 1896 at Shinnecock Hills, John Shippen became the first African-American and the first American-born professional to enter and compete in the U.S. Open. Thirty-five players entered and Shippen finished tied for fifth. Later in life, he served as the club pro for Shady Rest in Scotch Plains, N.J., one of the nation’s first African-American country clubs.