World Golf Foundation to honor honor an African-American golfer with the Charlie Sifford Award

The Board of Directors of the World Golf Foundation has announced the establishment of the Charlie Sifford Award to honor a player, coach or teaching professional for his or her “spirit in advancing diversity…

World Golf Foundation to honor honor an African-American golfer with the Charlie Sifford Award

The Board of Directors of the World Golf Foundation has announced the establishment of the Charlie Sifford Award to honor a player, coach or teaching professional for his or her “spirit in advancing diversity in golf.” The award will be presented on the eve of the PGA Championship in August.

“Golf is a game of inclusion,” said World Golf Foundation President and CEO Gayle Troberman. “We have seen great efforts by so many to fight discrimination in golf through the PGA of America and its Diversity Inc. initiatives. On behalf of the Foundation, I am proud to honor the efforts and exemplary leadership of those who continue to pave the way for future generations of golfers.”

The Charlie Sifford Award ceremony will be held during the opening ceremony of the 2018 PGA Championship, which will be held August 7-10 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sifford is one of golf’s most prominent African-American pioneers. He became the first African-American to play in the PGA Championship in 1967, his 1963 second-place finish made him the first African-American to ever finish in the top-3 at a PGA Tour event, and he was the first African-American to win on the PGA Tour in 1968.

Sifford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1995. He died in 2000.

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