​​More than Golf . . . African American Golf History is American History!


​​Dr. Charles Sifford received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President Barack Obama Dr. Charles L. Sifford, credited for breaking the color barrier in golf, received the nation's highest civilian award -Presidential Medal of Freedom- on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Sifford joined the PGA Tour in 1964; thus, he became the first African American PGA Tour Member. A trailblazer and outstanding professional golfer, Sifford is the first African American to be inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame (2004), and in 2006, Sifford received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, England). The Presidential Medal of Freedom Award was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Sifford is the third golfer to receive this prestigious award. Former recipients are Arnold Palmer (2004) and Jack Nicklaus (2005). 
  
Sadena Parks becomes the fifth African American LPGA Tour Member - A fourth place position on the 2014 Symetra Tour final money list earned Sadena Parks a 2015 LPGA Tour card with full exempt status.  On September 21, 2014, LPGA Tour cards were presented to the top-ten ranked players on the Symetra Tour's 2014 final money list. With a total earnings of $57,597.00 for the 2014 Symetra Tour season, Parks recorded five top-ten finishes that
included two wins, the SEFCU Championship at Capital Hill and the New England Charity Classic. Parks is the first African American to win twice on the Symetra Tour. For the 2013 Symetra Tour season, Parks finished sixth in average driving distance. (The Symetra Tour is the developmental tour for the LPGA.) Sadena Parks was a contestant for Golf Channel Big Break Florida, which premiered on February 24th, 2014. Parks finished in 4th place at Big Break Florida. Parks, the first African American member of the University of Washington women's golf team, set the women's course record at Washington National Golf Club during her collegiate junior year; she shot a 66. After graduating from the University of Washington (2012), Parks turned professional. 

Cheynne Woods becomes the sixth African American LPGA Tour Member - On Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Cheyenne Woods earned full exempt status for the 2015 LPGA Tour. On the final leader board at five under, she tied for 11th with a 355 (68, 79, 67, 71, 70). In 2013, Cheyenne Woods joined the Ladies European Tour and the following year she won the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012, and turned professional in that same year. Her first professional win was on the SunCoast Ladies Series Tour in August 2012. Cheyenne Woods is the niece of professional golfer Tiger Woods.

Ginger Howard earns medalist honors at the 2014 LPGA Qualifying Tournament Stage II - October 3, 2014 Ginger Howard posted a nine under on the final leaderboard with a four day total of 279 (72, 67, 69, 71). Ginger claimed this victory with her sister Robbie Howard by her side as caddie. This is Ginger Howard's second victory at a LPGA Qualifying Tournament; she earned medalist honors at the 2011 LPGA Stage II Qualifying Tournament. Thus, Ginger Howard is the first person to earn medalist honors twice at a LPGA Stage II Qualifying Tournament. Howard's third attempt to become an LPGA Tour Member fell short when she missed the 72-hole cut on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the fourth round of the final stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The cut was plus 2 (+2); Howard posted a plus six (+6) with a 294 (70, 77, 74, 73). Howard will return to the Symetra Tour in 2015. She joined the Symetra Tour in 2012.

Curtis Sifford, professional golfer, died on Friday, December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 72 years old. Curtis Sifford was born on May 6, 1942 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He turned professional in 1967. Two years later (1969) at age 27, he joined the PGA Tour. In that same year he posted a final score of four under par at the Illinois Golf Tournament, and captured first place prize money of $1500. Curtis Sifford was the nephew of legendary professional golfer Charles "Charlie" Sifford.  


Bull Creek Golf and Country Club (Louisburg, North Carolina) closes. Bull Creek Golf and Country Club ceased operations in July 2014. Since its inception in 1996, Bull Creek Golf and Country Club was an African American-owned golf course. The property was owned and operated by five families: Brown, Keith, Massenburg, Solomon, and Strickland. The course first opened with nine holes in 1996. Sam Solomon and Zollie Gills were the principal builders of the first nine-holes. The course expanded to 18 holes in 1998. Reports indicate that the county (Franklin County) has shown interest in purchasing the Bull Creek Golf and Country Club property to construct a recreational park.


Harold Varner III is playing Web.com Tour with full status - Varner qualified for Web.com Tour at the Web.com Qualifying Tournament's final stage in December 2013. Varner tied for 32nd; thus, he earned full status for the 2014 season. On the Web.com Tour's statistical rankings, Varner ranks fourth for driving distance and third for greens in regulation percentage. For the 2014 season, he posted two top-ten finishes; tied for second at the Rex Hospital Open and tied for sixth at the WNB Golf Classic. Varner was the recipient of the 2014 Northern Trust Open Exemption; at that appearance he tied for 70th. Carding a 69, 72, 72, and 75, he closed with a plus four (+4). During his amateur golfing years, Varner became the first African American male to win the North Carolina Amateur; he earned that title in 2011. Varner is a 2012 East Carolina University graduate. (Web.com Tour is the developmental tour of the PGA Tour.)


Tim ONeal is playing Web.com Tour. With a third place finish on the PGA Tour

Latinoamérica's Order of Merit for 2013, O'Neal earned playing status for Web.com Tour's 2014 season.


Women's Collegiate Classic/Championship 20th Anniversary - Hosted by Women In Golf Foundation, this event was held in April 2014 at Stone Mountain Golf Course (Stone Mountain, Georgia). Alabama State University took first place, followed by Texas Southern University and South Carolina State University respectively. Women In Golf Foundation is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. LaJean Gould is Founder/CEO. 


Pete Brown's 50th Anniversary of his 1st PGA Tour victory - May 3, 1964 Pete Brown won the Waco Turner Open; he shot a 280 (eight under par). That victory made Brown the first African American to win a PGA Tour sanctioned event.

    

Pete Brown's 44th Anniversary of his 2nd PGA Tour victory - February 1, 1970 Pete Brown won the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational. Winning in a playoff, Brown posted a 13 under; he shot a 275 (76, 67, 67, 65). Brown celebrated his 79th birthday on February 2, 2014.

 

Tiger Woods had surgery, in April, for a pinched nerve in his back. Woods did not compete in the 2014 Masters Tournament. After his surgery, Woods announced that his recovery was slow; and did not give a date for his return to competitive play.


World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum opens "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf - This permanent exhibit was unveiled on May 2, 2014. "Honoring the Legacy" chronicles the history of African Americans in Golf beginning in the 1800s into the new millennium. World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is located in St. Augustine Florida.

​"More Than A Game", USGA's newest exhibit opens - "More Than A Game" opened in February 2014, at the USGA Museum. This exhibit focuses on the creation of African American golf clubs during the Jim Crow era and their positive impact on communities across the country. Exhibit's centerpiece is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club (East Canton, Ohio). As part of this exhibit, the USGA is also honoring Shady Rest Country Club (Scotch Plains, New Jersey), Langston Golf Course (Washington, D.C.), and Freeway Golf Course (Sicklerville, New Jersey).

​​2014 News Archives