Charlie Takes His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf

Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the colour barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players, but Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.

 

By Nancy Churnin

Charlie Takes His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf

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