Par for the Course
Par for the Course (1/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
20 x 13.5 inches
Dr. Charles Sifford was the first African American golfer inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame located in St. John’s County, Florida. He was known as a man with true grit and relentlessness. For years he played on the United Golf Association (UGA) tour, and he won the Negro National Open six times. In 1960, he was finally awarded a PGA approved tournament card, but it took another year before the whites-only clause was removed from the PGA Constitution. While playing, he had to deal with indignities and threats from various hate groups, but that did not deter him.
Sifford was known as the Jackie Robinson of golf after he broke the color barrier in the sport. He won the 1967 Hartford Open, the 1969 Los Angeles Open, the 1975 Senior PGA Championship and, in 1980, his last win was at the Suntree Senior Classic. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 93.