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Huntington Woods to Honor Golf Great Ben Davis

The city will rename the drive leading into Rackham Golf Course in his honor during a ceremony Thursday.

The city of Huntington Woods will honor golf great Ben Davis during a ceremony Thursday at Rackham Golf Course.

The drive leading into the course will be renamed “Ben Davis Drive” in honor of one of the country's first African-American golf pros, who passed away in April.

A public ceremony to unveil the sign will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Huntington Woods Mayor Ronald Gillham, as well as city commissioners and members of the Davis family, will be in attendance, according to Huntington Woods Zoning Administrator Hank Berry. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing also has been invited, he said.

The course property belongs to the city of Detroit, but is located within the corporate city limits of Huntington Woods, Berry explained.

"The (Huntington Woods) City Commission wished to honor (Davis') contributions as a golf professional, longtime instructor at the historic Rackham Golf Course, a part of the history of the city, as well as a pioneer in the advancement of African-Americans in the world of sports," Berry said.

"I remember fondly, taking many lessons from him when I was a kid. He taught my mother and father as well. When I was growing up if you played golf, you knew Ben," Berry said. "He was always approachable, with great stories and golf lore. We are richer for having had him as a part of the history of Rackham and the city of Huntington Woods."

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