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Jefferson Golf Course renamed: 

 Bill Wright Golf Complex

Seattle Parks & Recreation Superintendent, AP Diaz announced on April 25, 2024, at a Parks Commissioners Board meeting, that Jefferson Golf Course will be renamed to the Bill Wright Golf Complex.

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Bill Wright broke the glass ceiling for African Americans and people of color. Bill was the first African American to win a United State Golf Association (USGA) event, winning the 1959 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Bill was a graduate of Franklin High School and went on to play college golf at the Western Washington University, winning the 1960 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Golf Championship individual title. 

     Mr. Wright was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He was an original junior member and fixture of Fir State Golf Club and Jefferson Golf Course. He broke the color barrier of American Golf and will be appropriately honored at his home course, Bill Wright Golf Complex.

     The Bill Wright Renaming Committee’s Next Steps:

·      Creating a permanent memorial for Bill Wright in front of and inside the Bill Wright Clubhouse.

·      Celebrating and initiating a capital campaign for a memorial installation on the 65th anniversary of Bill Wright Day, October 10, 2024.


Celebrate and contribute with us!

you can contribute and participate in the Bill Wright memorial.

  • Support this strong community effort with a contribution to the Seattle Parks Foundation, Honoring William “Bill” Wright by scanning this QR code:



Bill Wright Renaming Committee

Karin Crews, Kathy Colombo, Rudy Horn, Derek Liddell, Mark Solomon & Robert Woodard

Contact: with questions & or volunteering


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