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PGA HALL OF FAME 2004 INDUCTEES
Afro Americans and Golf
Afro American Golf - 2
The Class of  2004
 
Through exhibits and induction into, The World Golf Hall Of Fame recognizes both professional and amateur golfers  for their outstanding acheievements.
The Exhibits thats created will display an arrar of memorabillia that reflects the significant events and acomplishments in the inductees golfing career and personal life.

World Golf Hall Of Fame 2004 Inductees
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Isao Aoki, Tom Kite, Marlene S. Streit & Charlie Sifford

The first time or first person, is a statement that is still a big part of our recognition for something that we as a people use to describe achievements. It is no different with these inductees. Isao Aoki, the first Japanese player.  Marlene Streit, the first Canadian male or female, and Charlie Sifford the first Afro-American male or female.  Sorry Tom as deserving as your are, you are not a first. I would like to take this time to wish all of the inductees my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for the future.
 
H."Turk" Walker, USGTF
Master Professional
Dayton, Ohio.

William "Bill" Dickey winner of the
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1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award
Building Hope One Stroke at a Time......As the first Afro-American to receive the PGA Distinguished Service Award he would say, one of the greatest challenges facing America to day is preparing our youth for the future, reaching them; and inspiring them to be all they can be. I had the privlege of meeting Bill some 40 years ago at the Western States Golf Tournament and his devotion to minority youth that happens to be golfers has not changed. The first East/West Golf Classic was held in January 1983 and on January 16th, 2008 the BDSA grant and financial aid for our youth will continue to grow and impact the lives of young men and women throughout the United States that happens to play golf. For additional information on the East/West Classic and the Bill Dickey Invitiational Junior Golf Championship held in June in Orlando, FL. go to the picture link for the BDSA web site. Bill for all the awards that you have received none of them compare to my award for having you as a friend. Your friend Coach H. Turk Walker

Afro American golfers has made a difference in all phases of the sport. The first to win a PGA Tournament was Pete Brown, the Waco Turner Open in 1964. The first to win the Masters was Tiger Woods. Althea Gibson, the first LPGA tour member. The golf tee invented by a black dentist. John Shippen first to play in the US Open, Shinnnecock Hills in 1896 he was just 16 years old.

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Golfs first black professional was John Shippen Jr. at Shinnecock Hills in 1895 under Willie Dunn the Scottish Pro. John the first black to play in the US Open at the same course in 1896, finished in 5th place and won $10.00. John played in six more opens and no other Afro American played untill Ted Rhodes in 1948. In 2007 one Afro American played in the US Open, Tiger Woods. Golf! The game has come a long way.

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JOHN SHIPPEN US OPEN 1896

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JOHN SHIPPEN 1879 - 1968