WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM TO PRESENT “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf”. Exhibit will be collaborative effort including The PGA of America, PGA TOUR, USGA
St. Augustine, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2013) -
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has begun creative
development on "Honoring the Legacy: A
Tribute to African-Americans in Golf" - a new, permanent
exhibition that will recognize the triumphs and contributions of
African-Americans in the game. With the generous support of The PGA
of America, the PGA TOUR and the USGA, the exhibition is expected
to open in late spring 2014.
The exhibition will detail the long, rich history of
African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the
late 1800s for pioneers such as John
Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today. The exhibition
will also highlight the struggles and successes of notable golfers
like World Golf Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford during the
Civil Rights era and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe
Louis and Tiger Woods.
"It was an honor to be the first African-American inducted into
the World Golf Hall of Fame," said Sifford, who was enshrined in
2004. "I am excited that this project is happening now and that
fans will be able to see and learn from the stories of other great
African-Americans in the game."
With contributions from The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the
USGA, the Hall of Fame will create an exhibit that incorporates
rare photographs, audio, video and memorabilia like Sifford's
ground-breaking PGA player card from 1960, combined with innovative
"The PGA of America recognizes the historical importance of
communicating the many stories of African-Americans who have
overcome great adversity to advance the game they love so much,"
said Peter Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer of The PGA of America.
"We are thrilled to play a role in developing this ground-breaking
exhibit, which will honor PGA members and many others who opened
new doors of opportunity for generations to come."
"The PGA TOUR is very pleased to support this important exhibit
and to help acknowledge and honor the pioneers and champions of
African-American golf," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We
look forward to working with The PGA of America, USGA and the World
Golf Hall of Fame & Museum to help present this story in a
compelling and educational manner."
"African-Americans have made significant contributions to the game
since it first took firm hold in America in the late 19th century,"
said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. "We are pleased to be
working alongside The PGA of America and the PGA TOUR to support
this important project and lend our expertise to an exhibition that
pays tribute to African-Americans who through their courage,
perseverance and love of the game overcame many obstacles to make
the game more accessible to all."
Best-selling author Pete McDaniel will serve as the lead writer on
the project. McDaniel is the author of the acclaimed book "Uneven
Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf'' and co-wrote
and co-produced the documentary "Uneven Fairways." He is a member
of both the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and National
Black Golf Hall of Fame.
In addition, artist Mario Chiodo, renowned for his compelling
sculptures based on history and social justice, will be bringing to
life pivotal moments of African-Americans in golf. Chiodo has
created monuments around the country, including the Harriet
Tubman/Thomas Garrett Memorial in Wilmington, Del., the Contrabands
Freedman's Memorial in Alexandria, Va., and "Remember Them:
Champions for Humanity" in Oakland, Calif., the largest human
rights monument in the Western United States.
"We hope that this exhibition will serve as both an educational
and inspirational force that will highlight the power of the human
spirit and golf's
core values," said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the
World Golf Hall of Fame. "We are thrilled that The PGA of America,
the PGA TOUR and the USGA share our vision for this project and
thankful that these organizations, Pete McDaniel and Mario Chiodo
are all part of this historic venture."
For more information, including photos, about the World Golf Hall
of Fame & Museum and "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to
African-Americans in Golf," visit WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the
history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great.
The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St.
Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging,
interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works
of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of
golf and its members.
The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied
with 26 national and international golf organizations, including
The European Tour,
LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The
R&A and USGA. To learn more about the Hall of Fame or to lend
support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a
twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the
profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of
golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf
profession through world-class education, career services,
marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals
to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and
showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion
dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class
championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates
the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf,
and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As
The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very
best in golf.
About the PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for
touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130
tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC
Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans,
deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for
volunteers to give back,
generate significant charitable and economic impact in the
communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities
for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945
million households in 225 countries and territories in 32
languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit
organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012,
tournaments across all Tours generated more than $130 million for
local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total
of charitable contributions to $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf,
and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach,
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior
Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team
championships and international matches. Together with The R&A,
the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the
Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards, and
World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction
comprises the United States, its territories, and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of
sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a
primary steward for the game's history, and funds an ongoing "For
the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's
Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in
more than 50 countries.