Greater Hartford Open Golf Course
With Wife after winning At Greater Hartford Open
Charlie Sifford celebrating after wining first PGA tournament event
Backstory and Context
To everybody in the world this was amazing but to Charlie Sifford this was a dream come true that he has work for. He gives a lot of credit toward Jackie Robinson as well. Jackie Robinson guided him during the process of going professional and became a close friend of Siffords. He helped him learn how to deal with the harassment and often gave him challenges to see how he would react and he credits him for that.
Charlie Sifford said Jackie Robinson asked him if I was a quitter,” Sifford recalled. “He said, ‘OK, if you’re not a quitter, go ahead and take the challenge. If you’re a quitter, there’s going to be a lot of obstacles you’re going to have to go through to be successful in what you’re trying to do.’ So that’s what he did.
Charlie Sifford started to become a house hold name. He from being a caddie to a professional golfer who was the first to do what he was doing. He went from making 35 cents as a caddie to 20,000 dollars just for winning an event.He won the event by finishing 12 strokes under par which gave him the lead over Steve Opperman by just one stroke.
Charlie Sifford Won a fair amount of events throughout his life. He has 22 professional wins and Two PGA tours attended. Although he only won one PGA tour, he managed to win a lot of senior league tournaments.He also won the United Golf Association’s National Negro Open six times, and the PGA Seniors’ Championship in 1975.
“In 1967 Charlie Sifford Wins 1st PGA Event, 1st by an African American.”Golf History Today, 20 Aug. 2017,