WGHOF opens exhibit honoring African-Americans


The World Golf Hall of Fame has officially opened a permanent exhibition entitled "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf."

The opening ceremony was held Friday in St. Augustine, Fla., and attended by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem as well as Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and LPGA pioneer Renee Powell.

"I'm happy that golf fans from around the world can come to the Hall of Fame and learn about the amazing stories of African-Americans in golf," Sifford said as part of a media release. "It is gratifying to see so many within the golf industry come together with the Hall of Fame to make this exhibition a reality."

The exhibition's unveiling comes nearly 50 years to the day after Pete Brown became the first African-American to win on the PGA Tour, claiming the 1964 Waco Turner Open. Developed with the support of the PGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America, the exhibition will include rare photographs and feature numerous items on display, including Sifford's PGA player card from 1960 and memorabilia from Calvin Peete, who won the Players Championship in 1985.

Added Finchem in a statement: "We should never lose sight of these poignant stories of overcoming significant challenges to make a lasting impact on golf."