Sifford and GGCC at a Standoff


Charlie Sifford isnt in any big hurry to make the trip back to the south.
Next weeks Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic will mark the 40th year that Sifford became the first black golfer to compete in a PGA Tour event in the southern portion of the United States.
Yet, while talks of a reunion have apparently been ongoing, the 78-year-old golfing legend remains unsure of exactly what the tournament committee has in mind for the happening.
I havent heard anything about arrangements or anything from them, Sifford commented to the Associated Press. I havent got a plane ticket or anything, so I dont know whats going on.
Jeff Iddings, the tournaments general chairman, has claimed every effort is being made to get Sifford to Forest Oaks, the site of the event. He has stated to the AP that there are plans for a past champions dinner to honor Sifford and a public recognition before Wednesdays Pro-Am.
I cant speak for Charlie, Iddings commented, but Im pretty sure hell be here. Id prefer not to comment on what we are doing (to get him here).
Said Sifford: They are putting on a tournament with a $3 million purse (actually $3.5 million) and they cant find $5,000 for me to come up there. Then the hell with them.
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