Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Feb 5, 2015.
A true pioneer of sports. First African/American on the PGA Tour passes on at 93. R.I.P.
I remember him playing in some Senior events years ago... big cigar hangin' from his mouth. When you think of breaking the color-barrier, doing it in the PGA couldn't have been any picnic.
Golf never handled other than WASP all that well.
Spiller, Rhodes, Sifford, Shippen, Louis, pioneers for this game in the truest sense. If you've not seen "Uneven Fairways" on Golf Channel there are certain to be many rebroadcasts in the wake of Sifford's death.
Thank heaven twigs-and-fairies California stepped to the plate and put the PGA of America in its place on this. But it still was an uphill struggle after that.
I f you guys want to read more history along this line google Scotch Hills (now) or Shady Rest (1900) Country Club .
This club ,close to where I grew up, was the the first Afro-American owned Club in the US .A short simple 9 hole club was the home course of John Shippen ,the first Afro-American Pro to play in the US open.Older guys always told me that it was the happening place to see all the big jazz bands from the old days and some very big name boxers and other Black celebs lost a lot of money there..
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