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Bill Wright was the first Black golfer to win a United States Golf Association (USGA) event, 1959’s Amateur Public Links Championship in Denver.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Feb. 26, 2021.
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April 10, 2021
We will miss Mr. Bill Wright's presence and his beautiful smile. He was the first Black golfer to win a USGA event in 1959. He later became a teaching pro at the California golf course the Lakes at El Segundo. He had many contributions to his community, especially for anyone wanting to learn the game of golf. May the family, friends and colleagues who loved him and the special memory you shared with him show just how much your life was touched by him. Words could hardly express the sorrow felt for the loss of Mr. Bill Wright. The pain of losing someone is something we never get used to. But at Isaiah 65:17, 22-24 our Heavenly Father holds out a grand promise. May your faith in His promise strengthen you as you look forward to its fulfillment.

Tony
March 22, 2021
Alishia
March 12, 2021
ENJOY , YOUR WEEKEND TO A LONG-TIME GOLF PLAYER TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIR #00 #36 #32 #2 #14 #24 #3 #31 FROM , EVERYBODY AT ALL-TOWN REAL-ESTATE JOHN 1:01-1:80-2:01-2:60-3:01-3:50 ?????????????MARK 1:01-1:45 !!!!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:01-26:75 ........ PHILEMON 1:01-1:90 !!!!!!!!! PSALMS 23:01-23:4:00 ........... & NUMBERS 17:50 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EDWARD PAPA DUFFY SR
March 9, 2021
ENJOY , YOUR ST. PATRICK'S TO A LEGENDARY GOLF PLAYER TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SIR FROM , EVERYONE AT BYRON'S BAR AND GRILLE RESTAURANT !!!!!!!!!!!! AND TOMMY'S PIZZA RESTAURANT !!!!!!!!!!! #99 #40 #71 #72 #68 & #44 JUDGES 7:01-7:80 !!!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:01-26:75 !!!!!!!! MARK 1:01-1:45 !!!!!!!!!!! ROMANS 3:01-3:31 ?????????????? & THESSALONIANS 1:01-1:10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CASH CAB HANK LATEK JR
March 9, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
March 3, 2021
Sad to hear of the passing of Bill Wright, another trailblazer. May the God of all comfort be with the family and many friends at this time of sorrow.
March 2, 2021
Seeing Bill Wrights obit makes me feel he helped pave the way for Tiger Woods, Lee Elder....V.J. Singh....his road there was not smooth given the time period but His determination to stick with His talents & passion is unmeasurable. It paves the "go ahead and dare me'..platform. God Bless your soul Mr. Wright....
douglas corrigan
March 1, 2021
Your legacy will live on.
Stephanie Schell
March 1, 2021
I recall working with Bill when we were both working in a Medical Unit in Seattle, using the old armory, now where the food circus from the 1962 World's Fair. We were together on their what I would now call "psychological team". When we went to summer training we were given a small tent for three of us and spent most of our time having officers and others visiting to talk about golf. We had no opportunity to become close as I was there only one year, but I enjoyed his company and glad I got to know him during this time. God bless him as he was a fine person. Max Burke, Meridian, Idaho
Max Burke
Friend
March 1, 2021
Paved the way for a lot of African American golfers.
Stephanie D Schell
March 1, 2021
I am so sorry about the loss of Bill. What a legend and a legacy, being the first black golfer to win the USGA! The Wright family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God give you “everlasting comfort” (2 Thess. 2:16).
Jenee
February 28, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Wright family. May you find comfort
in your treasured memories of Bill and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead. Psalms 119:76
February 28, 2021
My condolences to the family. May his accomplishments in life, have a lasting and good example for all.
February 28, 2021
My condolences.
February 28, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
February 28, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
February 28, 2021
May God be with the Wright family,, sorry for your loss.
February 28, 2021
R,I.H, MAY THE LORD BLESS THIS FAMILY GREATLY. BILL YUO WERE AMAZING
Edward Griffeth
Friend
February 27, 2021
In this difficult time, losing a loved one is all the more hard and crushing. Let the family of Mr. Wright look to God for support, for God is close to the broken-hearted.
L E
Neighbor
February 27, 2021
Thank you Mr. Wright. You were the right person for that time. I am grateful that you were able to endure. RIP Sir.
Sherlock Bruce
Friend
February 27, 2021
What a humble graceful man. Thank you for coming into my like and secondly teaching this beautiful game. My you forever R.I.P.
Steve Wesson
February 27, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories with our loved ones help us cope. May God be with the family and friends of Bill to help them get through this difficult period.
Rosemarie Maureen & Regina
Acquaintance
February 26, 2021
An amazing golf talent that broke down barriers and open doors for so many. My sincere condolences to the Wright family, in your time of sorrow, may God comfort and strengthen you.
February 26, 2021
Rest in Peace.
February 26, 2021
Played golf with Bill at the Annual Bill Wright Alumni Golf Tournament held at Western Washington University. It was an honor to meet him and his wonderful wife Ceta. I have never forgotten what a kind ,easy going, and talented gentleman..He deserves all the accolades and recognition. Farewell my Hero !
John Sibley Sr
Acquaintance
February 26, 2021
Rest In Peace Bill. Get Well Tiger Woods
Deanna Stevens
February 26, 2021
Rest in peace, Bill. You were a terrific golfer; skilled enough to beat the best in the world. And you stayed the course, on and off the course. Your story is one that deserves due recognition, respect, and a rightfully statured place in history.
February 26, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Wright Family, May the God of Comfort take care of your family. May he bind up and mend your grieving hearts with his peace and loving kindness. Thank you for Bill’s contribution to golf league and the legacy he leaves behind.
BRY
February 26, 2021
Godspeed Bill. A golf pioneer.
Harry Simpson
February 26, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and friends for your loss. Bill Wright was a pioneer as the first black golfer to win an event at the USGA in 1959. At this difficult time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you and strengthen you.
Mary Smith
Neighbor
February 26, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the family. We have list a pioneer, may God be with the family during this most grievous time.
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