John Shippen National Golf Invitational: Everett Whiten Jr. and Chase Johnson lead first round 

Everett Whiten Jr. (a) (Chesapeake, Virginia) and Chase Johnson (Barberton, Ohio) each shot a 68 (-4) Saturday at Detroit Golf Club and are tied for the first-round lead in the 36-hole stroke-play event. You can view the first-round scores and live leaderboard here

The winner of THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational Presented by Rocket Mortgage receives a playing exemption into next week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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ohn Matthew Shippen Jr. (December 2, 1879 – May 20, 1968) was an American golfer who competed in several of the early U.S. Opens. Born in Washington D.C., he was the son of a former slave and Presbyterian minister, John Shippen Sr. and Eliza Spotswood Shippen, and is believed to be the first American-born golf professional.

Shippen, was of African American and Native American descent. At the age of 16, Shippen earned an assistant professional post at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club where he began giving lessons to some of the club members and became an accomplished player in his own right. Shippen’s best finishes came at the 1896 U.S. Open held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, and the 1902 U.S. Open held at Garden City Golf Club in Garden City, New York, where he tied for fifth place at both.

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