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Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and

Calvin Peete broke the color

barrier in professional golf. In

fact, prior to 1961 the PGA of

America maintained an all-

white policy for professional

golfers allowed to become

teaching professionals or

participate in professional

golf events.

These men competed and

were eventually accepted

as equals in the professional

ranks and Lee Elder was the

first African American to be

invited to the Masters in 1975.

All of these men opened the

door for Tiger Woods to come

barging through in 1997, when

he became a force on the PGA

Tour for the next 20 years.

Although primarily a tennis

player, Althea Gibson was the

first woman of color to play

on the LPGA Tour. Renee’

Powell became the second

and played on the tour from

1967-1980. She is still the

Director of Golf at Clearview

Golf Club, the course her

father built and operated.

TigerWoods’ niece,Cheyenne

Woods joined the LPGA Tour

in 2014 and is currently in

her third year on tour.

In 2016, three other young

Black women, Sadena Parks,

Ginger Howard and Mariah

Stackhouse, have joined

Woods on the LPGA Tour

and in June at the Cambia

Portland Classic history was

made when all four of these

young ladies were in the

field. It was the first time four

African American women

were in the field for an LPGA

Tour event.

Parks is a former contestant on

the Golf Channel’s Big Break.

Howard turned professional

in 2013 at the age of 17 and

earned her way on to the

LPGA Tour this season.

Stackhousehada stellar career

at Stanford, where she was a

four-time All American and a

member of the 2015 Cardinal

NCAA Championship team.

Golf is sometimes castigated

for being too exclusive and

not open to other races. The

LPGA Tour is a point to the


If you have talent and are

willing to work to improve

to be the best, golf, like

any athletic endeavor, will

provide a venue to exhibit

that talent.

Golf was slow to come

around, but it is open to

diversification and players of

all creed, color or religion.

History was made at LPGA Portland Classic


Fred Altvater

NWO Golf Links