More than Golf . . . African American Golf History is American History!
LPGA Qualifying Tournament for the 2014 Season. Four African American ladies competed in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2013 - Shasta Averyhardt, Ginger Howard, Sadena Parks, and Cheyenne Woods. Averyhardt, Howard, and Woods qualified for the final stage. Howard's score on Saturday qualified her to play in the final round on Sunday; Howard earned exempt status for the 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour.
The best of luck to all! We are cheering for you!
Sheila C. Johnson becomes the first African American USGA Executive Committee female member and second African American member of the USGA Executive Committee
In February, Sheila Johnson was elected to the 15-committee membership of the USGA Executive Committee. Johnson's election comes 20 years after the USGA Executive Committee elected its first African American member, John Merchant. Attorney Merchant joined the USGA Executive Committee in 1992. He served for two years.
A businesswoman in sports and entertainment, Sheila Johnson purchased Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in 2007; thus, Johnson became the first African American sole-owner of a golf resort and a PGA Tour championship course. Johnson has ownership in three sports teams - WNBA Washington Mystics, Washington Wizards, and the NHL Washington Capitals. She is CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, which includes Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, and Johnson also is founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET).
William Powell and Jimmy DeVoe posthumously inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame (February 2013)
William Powell, the first African American to build, own, manage, and operate a golf course in the United States, was also the 2009 recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award. Powell's golf facility, Clearview Golf Club is in East Canton, Ohio. The course opened with nine holes in April 1948. Three decades later (1978), Clearview Golf Club became an 18-hole facility. William Powell died on December 31, 2009.
Jimmy DeVoe was one of the first African Americans to earn full PGA of America membership. In 1962 at age 74, DeVoe became a PGA Member. DeVoe is also recognized as one of the first African American golf professionals to work at a country club in California. He served as an assistant professional at Fox Hills Country Club (Culver City California). DeVoe was the first African American to compete in a Los Angeles Open; he played in the 1944 Los Angeles Open. DeVoe died in 1979 at the age of 90.
91st Birthday Celebration for Charlie Sifford -
91 Years of JOY!
A birthday celebration for Dr. Charlie Sifford was held on June 1, 2013 at the W.T. Bland Mount Dora Public Library in Mount Dora, Florida. This celebratory event, co-hosted by the Mount Dora Library Association, Ramona M. Harriet, Barbara Seidman, and Marvin Seidman, was opened to the public at no charge.
Sifford received happy birthday wishes from family, friends, former PGA Tour members, and the general public. Because of health reasons, Sifford could not travel to Florida where he really wanted to celebrate his birthday, Sifford joined his birthday party via Skype. Some of his friends and fans throughout the country were also Skyped in so they could personally give Sifford birthday greetings.
When the cake was presented with a jazzy version of Happy Birthday, Sifford was asked to make a wish. After a short pause, he was asked what did he wish. His reply, "I wish I was there".
In 1964, Charlie Sifford received full PGA Tour membership, In 2004, Sifford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and in 2006 Sifford received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, England). Charlie Sifford encountered many hardships and obstacles during his quest to become a PGA Tour Member, and while playing in PGA Tour events. But despite the trials nad tribulations that he endured, Sifford with his signature cigar...exemplified joy.
Sifford was born on June 2, 1922.
Happy Birthday Dr. Charles Sifford! Thank You for all that You endured.
You are our Hero!
Tiger Woods 2013 Season
Number One in Official World Golf Ranking
79 PGA Tour career wins; second all-time PGA Tour career wins. Sam Snead had 82 PGA Tour career wins.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational
THE PLAYERS Championship
THE PLAYERS Championship (2013) victory was Woods second PLAYERS Championship win; he also won in 2001. Woods posted a 13 under, 275 (67, 67, 71, 70) to capture his fourth 2013 season win. This is Woods's 78th PGA Tour career victory. Woods continues to rank number one in the FedEx Cup standings and number one in the world.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard
Claiming his eighth career Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard victory and third 2013 season win from four starts, Woods posted a 275 (69, 70, 66, 70). This is Tiger Woods's 77th PGA Tour career victory. This win placed Tiger at number one in the FedEx Cup standings and also ranks him at number one in the world.
Claiming his seventh career WGC-Cadillac Championship victory and second win of the season, on March 10, 2013 Tiger Woods posted a 19 under on the final leader board. Woods shot 66, 65, 67, and 71 respectively for a 269.
Farmers Insurance Open
On January 27, the final day of his 2013 Tour debut, Tiger Woods captured his first victory for the season. His final scorecard - a 274 (68, 65, 69, 72) 14 under.
The Masters: Tied fourth; shot 70, 73, 70, 70 (283, -5)
The Open Championship: Tied sixth; shot 69, 71, 72,74 (286, +2)
Shasta Averyhardt earns 2013 LPGA Tour member status
On December 2, 2012 at the final round of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Shasta Averyhardt posted a 69. On the final leader board, that score positioned her at a tie for 39th. It also gave Averyhardt 2013 LPGA Tour status under priority list category 17.
This is Averyhardt's second time earning LPGA Tour status. She was a LPGA Tour Member in 2011; thus, she became the fourth African American to earn LPGA Tour Member status.
Averyhardt turned professional in 2009. She is a graduate of Jackson State University. In 2012, Averyhardt received the LPGA Symetra Rising Star Award.