by Herschel Caldwell
photo by Kaitlin Santanna Graphic
Arnold Palmer died Sunday September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 87 The news was first reported by Golfweek.
Palmer led an American life that will never be duplicated, so rooted was it in a lost time and a place and the sui generis chemistry of the man. Read the story »
Much has occurred in the golf industry over the past few years, we are witnessing a change of the guard by the presence of young guns represented by the play of Jordan Spieth, Rory McElroy, Jason Day and list goes on forever. Many of them have resulted in major impacts on the industry and individual lives. The editors of Minority Golf Magazine will publish a series of articles in the coming weeks reflecting on the above-mentioned stories and importantly, there will be a reflection on the golfing greats who have passed on recently. Their legacies remain and their impact on our sport should serve as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have known them.
At the head of the class was Charles “Charlie” Sifford.
By Herschel Caldwell
When I was growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 50’s and early 60’s, Black golfers were relegated to playing at the few public courses available to them: Sharon Woods, Winton Woods, the Lunken Airport driving range and the regional “hub” of Black golf, Avon Field. While Avon was not very long or challenging compared to many of the newer public courses, it served as a magnet for some of the best Black players in the country, including Curtis Sifford, Jim and Chuck Thorpe, Ted Rhodes, James Black and Pete Brown. Many other great Black professionals, like Jimmy Woods, were well-qualified but never had a chance to play on the PGA tour. Young, minority players of the time could only marvel at the wealth of golf talent that graced these fairways in Cincinnati, and–by virtue of the “money” games–other local and regional courses such as Coffin in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Madden in Dayton, Ohio. Read the story »