With the backing of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, Ted Rhodes of Nashville was the premier player on the United Golf Association Tour in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The mostly black tour was played on primarily second-rate municipal courses. Some estimate Rhodes won over 150 tournaments. He won the Negro National Open in 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1957. Rhodes was one of the first blacks to play on the PGA Tour. From 1946 to 1961, he made 62 cuts and finished in the Top 10 twice.