Golf Legend Charlie Sifford Passes Away at Age 92 - The GP Golf Report
According to ABC 5 in Cleveland, On Feburary 3rd, 2015, golf legend Charlie Sifford has passed away at the age of 92. Charlie was highly recognized for breaking the color barrier in this sport we love very much. Charlie’s beginnings in golf began as a caddie at age 13 and eventually worked his way into playing the game. He began playing on black only golf tours and started working with musician Billy Eckstein as his personal golf coach. Under legendary boxer and great golf enthusiast, Joe Louis, Charlie was able to compete in his first PGA Tour tournament at the 1952 Phoenix Open. He then went on to win the 1957 Long Beach Open, this before joining the Tour officially. Finally, he made it to the Tour in 1961 and overcame all odds by winning two tournaments. In just six years, he won the Greater Hartford Open Invitational in 1967. Just two years later, he won the Los Angeles Open at the Rancho Park Golf Course (Now the Northern Trust Open at Riviera). He then went on to have a terrific career by winning 22 professional wins globally. This included a major championship at the 1975 PGA Seniors’ Championship. His amazing resume of accolades include: – The Old Tom Morris Award from the GCSAA – An honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews as a Doctor of Laws – The Northern Trust Open (L.A. Open when Charlie won it) created a Continue Reading →