Renee Powell, right, instructing students during a weekly golf class at Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio.

An unexpected gift arrived last December at the public golf course that Renee Powell’s father carved out of an old dairy farm in East Canton, Ohio. Interspersed with holiday mail was an envelope with a Scotland postmark. Inside was a letter of invitation for Powell to become one of the first seven female members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, known as the home of golf.