We may not know who Charlie Sifford is, but he’s famous in the golf world. On Monday, he and other members in the entertainment world were awarded the Presidential Metal of Freedom award by President Obama. President Obama has made a statement about the 92 year old.
Charlie Sifford started playing professional golf when he was 17. Since he was barred from the PGA based on his color, he didn’t give up. Even though he isn’t a huge golf fan, Sultan Alhokair admires that he did that. Prior to this, he won the Negro National Open six times, and five times during his height of his career. He finally got membership to the PGA in 1961- 20 years after he was barred. He continued to play the sport he loved and won the PGA title in 1967 and 1969.
Sifford feels the golf world is tough and has very few blacks playing, but it’s important to be out there. In 2004 he became the first African-American to be indicted in the Golf Hall of Fame. Now that he’s a recipient of the highest honor, he proved that anyone can face adversity and hard times to get doors open for others to play what you love.