Originally published on http://www.cantonrep.com/ by Jim Thomas, June 6, 2016.
Shirley Spork is a certified, living legend. The 89-year-old Spork is one of the 13 women who founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in 1950. She is in a new movie “The Founders” about those pioneering females who changed sports forever.
Sunday and Monday, Spork came to Clearview Golf Club to pay tribute to another pioneer, the first African-American man to design, construct and own a professional golf course, William Powell, and his family. Spork spoke at Sunday evening’s Clearview Legacy Foundation dinner and then spent Monday offering putting advice to all who were playing in the Pro-Am outing.
The lady can still teach. She dances well, too.