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Celebrating, remembering and honoring golf greats among African American golfers is what we aim to do all year long.  However, during the month of February for Black History Month, our spotlight shines on these four heroes.  (l-r: Renee Powell, Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete)

Charles Luther Sifford was a professional golfer who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. He won the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. He was the first African American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame

Born: June 2, 1922, Charlotte, NC
Died: February 3, 2015, Cleveland, OH
Spouse: Rose Crumbley Sifford (m. 1946–1998)
Residence: Brecksville, OH
Children: Craig Sifford, Charles Sifford Jr.
Movies: Uneven Fairways

Renee Powell is an American professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is currently head professional at her family’s Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio.  First African American woman inducted into the PGA Golf Hall of Fame and Among the First Seven Women to be Granted Membership into the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
Born: May 4, 1946 (age 71), Ohio
Height: 5′ 0″
Parents: Bill Powell
Residence: East Canton, OH
Retired: 1980
Education: Ohio University, Central Catholic High School, Ohio State University

Calvin Peete was an American professional golfer. He was the most successful African American to have played on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, prior to the emergence of Tiger Woods. Wikipedia
Born: July 18, 1943, Detroit, MI
Died: April 29, 2015, Atlanta, GA
Career end: 2001
Children: Rickie Peete, Dennis Peete, Charlotte Peete, Calvin Peete, Kalvanetta Peete, Aleya Peete, Aisha Peete
Spouse: Pepper Peete (m. ?–2015), Christine Peete (m. ?–1987)
Movies: Uneven Fairways

Robert Lee Elder is a retired American professional golfer. He is best remembered for becoming the first African American to play in the Masters Tournament in 1975.
Born: July 14, 1934 (age 83), Dallas, TX
Height: 5′ 8″
Residence: Pompano Beach, FL
The Open Championship: T36: 1979

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