Golfer, Author, Survivor: Meet Women’s Golf Champion Avis Brown-Riley

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 03:11 PM

photo credit: Christopher Willard, ABC

Avis Brown-Riley has filled a lot of roles in her life: professional golfer, breast cancer survivor, reality TV star, author, and winner of over 40 Junior Golf titles. But the role she enjoys the most is serving as a mentor for youth, women and African Americans in the world of golf.

Avis’s journey to the African American Golfers Hall of Fame began at the age of 7. Coached by her father, Gordon Brown Sr., Avis went on to dominate the sport as the first and only African American women to win both the Junior World Golf Championship (1974) and the San Diego Women’s City Amateur Championship (1982). 

Even though she would go on to win dozens of titles over the course of her career, her battle with breast cancer stands as her most significant victory. Avis reflected on her toughest trial in her recent memoir, Building of a Champion: How I Became a Champion in Life. Through laughter and tears, Avis teaches readers about the three Ds - Determination, Dedication, and Desire - that helped her beat cancer and succeed in life.

Avis continues to motivate women in golf while showing the world what winning in style is all about. She recently appeared on ABC’s new hit show, Holey Moley, rocking KINONA's Twiggy print, and she showed America that fashion never looked so at home on the golf course.

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Off the Green Golf Trouser - Off the Grid

Tee it Up Sleeveless Golf Dress Hot Pink

Splouse Longsleeve Golf Top - Twiggy

Sun's Out Thigh Highs Twiggy Print

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