History is rooted in those who had the will to take the first step!! —Unknown
As news and other developments occur, information will be added to this page. We invite you to send any African American Golf History news, including photos. Please forward to info@AfricanAmericanGolfHistory.com
Sadena Parks retained her LPGA Tour card for 2016 by ranking 100 on the LPGA Tour's 2015 top 100 money list. 2016 will be Parks' second consecutive year as a LPGA Tour member. Sadena Parks is 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.
Cheyenne Woods regained her LPGA Tour card at the 2015 LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She tied for 13th with a five day total score of 354 (71, 69, 72, 73, and 69). Woods is played with full exempt status for the 2015 LPGA Tour Season, and will hold the same status for the 2016 LPGA Tour season. Cheyenne Woods is 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 earned LPGA Tour status; thus, Ginger Howard is the seventh African American to join the LPGA Tour. At the final stage of the 2015 LPGA Qualifying
Tournament Howard posted a 362 for the 5-day event (72, 75, 72, 70, and 73 respectively); she tied 43rd and earned priority category 17 status. Howard tied fourth at Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic; and tied fourth at the Volvik Championship at Tukwet Canyon. Howard turned professional in June 2011, and began competing on the SunCoast Ladies Series Tour; she posted five wins that season. The following year (2012), she joined the Symetra Tour. Through the 2014 season, Howard had four consecutive unsuccessful attempts (2011-2014) to obtain LPGA Tour member status through LPGA Qualifying Tournaments. However, she won medallist honors at Stage II of the 2011 and 2014 LPGA Q Tournaments; thus, Howard became the first player to medal twice at Stage II. Ginger Howard was the first African American female United States Junior Ryder Cup team member; she played on the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team.
Harold Varner III captured the 25th spot on the Web.com 2015 money list on August 30, 2015 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. That posting, by a margin of $943, earned Varner a 2016 PGA Tour card. Varner joined Web.com Tour in 2014. In that same year, he was the 2014 Northern Trust Open Exemption; he tied for 70th. Prior to turning professional in 2012, Varner was the first African American male to win the North Carolina Amateur Championship; in 2011 he won by three strokes with a 14 under. Varner is a 2012 East Carolina University alumnus.
William "Bill" Spiller was inducted into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame on October 25, 2015 . . . 102 years after Spiller was born. Spiller, a native of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, was born October 25, 1913. He attended Wiley College (Marshall, Texas) and graduated in 1938 with a degree in education. Spiller turned professional in 1947. Most of his competitive play was on the United Golfer's Association Tour (UGA Tour). He rarely competed in PGA Tour events because of the PGA's Caucasian-only Clause. Spiller was known for his outspoken opinions of the prejudices in the golf world. In 2009, almost two decades after his death in 1988, The PGA of America granted posthumous PGA Membership to William Spiller.
Renee Powell was granted, in February 2015, honorary membership to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (United Kingdom). Powell was one of seven females to be the first women granted membership into the prestigious golf club. In 2008, Powell became the first African American female golfer to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of St. Andrews. Powell is the second African American to join the LPGA Tour; she played the LPGA Tour from 1967 to 1980. In 1996, Powell became the first African American female to earn a PGA Class A Member status and she is also a LPGA Teaching & Club Professional honorary member; thus, Renee Powell is the first African American to hold memberships in both the LPGA and The PGA of America. She was born May 4, 1946 in Canton, Ohio; and she is the daughter of the late William Powell who is known for being the first African American to build, design, own, and manage a golf course (Clearview Golf Course). Renee Powell is the co-owner and head golf professional at Clearview Golf Cub, a family owned golf facility in East Canton, Ohio.
Pete Brown died May 1, 2015 in a hospital in Augusta, Georgia. A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Brown was born February 2, 1935. He died at the age of 80. Pete Brown became the first African American to win a PGA Tour sanctioned event; he posted a 280 (eight under par) and won the Waco Turner Open. In 1970, Brown shot a 275 (13 under par) and won the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational (now the Buick Invitational).
Calvin Peete died April 29, 2015 in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Peete was born July 18, 1943. He died at the age of 71. Calvin Peete joined the PGA Tour in 1975. The winner of 12 PGA Tour events, Peete held the record for the most PGA Tour wins by an African American or person of African American ancestry from 1986 to 1998. Tiger Woods broke Peete's record in 1999. In 1980, Peete became the second African American to receive an invitation to play in a Masters Tournament. He shot one under par and tied for 19th. Peete also made the cut at the Masters from 1981 to 1987. His best finish at a Masters Tournament was in 1986; he tied for 11th. Peete was selected to the United States Ryder Cup team in 1983 and 1985. He received the PGA Tour's driving accuracy title for 10 consecutive years (1981-1990). Peete joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993. He retired from professional golf in 2001. After retiring from professional golf in 2001, Peete and his wife Pepper started a golf team at Edwards Water College in Jacksonville, Florida; thus Calvin and Pepper Peete became the first African American husband and wife couple to coach a collegiate golf team.
Dr. Charles Sifford died February 3, 2015 in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Sifford was born June 2, 1922. He died at the age of 92. 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). Credited for breaking the color barrier in golf, Sifford received from President Barack Obama (November 24, 2014) the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award - the nation's highest civilian award. 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). In November 2015, Charlie Sifford was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame. In August 2015, the County of Los Angeles, California renamed West 120th Street (between Western Avenue and Van Ness Avenue), Charlie Sifford Drive.
Guest Book About Us/Privacy Terms Contact Us
Copyright 2012-2016 GGC. All rights reserved. www.AfricanAmericanGolfHistory.com Email: info@AfricanAmericanGolfHistory.com
GGC - Great Golfers of Color. PO Box 1809, Belleview, Florida 34421