He First Attempted To Qualify For A PGA Tour Event At The 1952 Phoenix Open, Using An Invitation Obtained By Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis, Sifford Was The Target Of Threats And Racial Abuse There, And At Other Tournaments. He Became A Member Of The Tour In 1961 And Went On To Win Two Official Money Events. He Also Won The 1975 PGA Seniors' Championship -- Then The Leading Tournament For Golfers Over 50.
Sifford Became The First Black American Inducted Into The World Golf Hall of Fame In 2004. He Was Awarded The Old Tom Morris Award in 2007, The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, And An Honorary Doctorate From The University of St Andrews. Dr. Sifford Died February 3, 2015.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Lifer Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.