Black Golf History Timeline

  • 1847 - George Franklin Grant was born in Oswego, New York
  • 1879 - John Shippen born in Long Island, New York.
  • 1896 - John Shippen is the first black to play in the U.S. Open. He finishes in fifth place.
  • 1899 - Dr. George Franklin Grant receives U.S. patent No. 638,920 for the tapered golf tee.
  • 1912 - Ann Gregory born in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
  • 1922 - Charlie Sifford is born in Charlotte, NC.
  • 1926 - The United States Colored Golf Association sponsored the first Negro National Open. The tournament was held every year until 1976.
  • 1956 - Ann Gregory becomes the first African-American woman to play in a national championship conducted by the United States Golf Association when she teed off in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.
  • 1959 - Bill Wright becomes the first black golfer to win a national championship by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • 1961 - Charlie Sifford becomes the first black golfer to play in a PGA tournament in the South at the at the Greater Greensboro Open when the "Caucasians-only" clause stricken from the PGA constitution.
  • 1967 - Charlie Sifford becomes the first African-American to win a PGA tour event by winning the Greater Hartford Open.
  • 1975 - Lee Elder becomes the first black golfer to play in the Masters.
  • 1997 - Tiger Woods becomes the first African-American Masters Champion.