Golf Exhibit At Ritz Theatre Kicks Off Black History Month

The Ritz teamed up with the PGA and the World Golf Hall of Fame to kick off Black History Month Wednesday. The museum opened the “Golf Heroes of the First Coast” exhibit, featuring artifacts like Tiger Woods’ golfing wedge from the 2001 Players Championship and Calvin Peete’s 1985 Championship trophy. Golf has always had a rich history in the First Coast, with The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra returning every year. According to World Golf Hall of Fame historian Tony Parker, a lot of people don’t know golf was the start of desegregation in Jacksonville. The exhibit contains newspaper articles and a timeline from the late 1800s to present, documenting the obstacles and challenges overcome by African-American golfers. “[T]o see the changes and to see that golf was actually the progenitor of the desegregation of Jacksonville is quite significant,” Parker said. Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment officer Dave Harrell said golf legend Charlie Sifford broke the color barrier in 1960

The Ritz teamed up with the PGA and the World Golf Hall of Fame to kick off Black History Month Wednesday. The museum opened the “Golf Heroes of the First Coast” exhibit, featuring artifacts like Tiger Woods’ golfing wedge from the 2001 Players Championship and Calvin Peete’s 1985 Championship trophy. Golf has always had a rich history in the First Coast, with The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra returning every year. According to World Golf Hall of Fame historian Tony Parker, a lot of people don’t know golf was the start of desegregation in Jacksonville. The exhibit contains newspaper articles and a timeline from the late 1800s to present, documenting the obstacles and challenges overcome by African-American golfers. “[T]o see the changes and to see that golf was actually the progenitor of the desegregation of Jacksonville is quite significant,” Parker said. Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment officer Dave Harrell said golf legend Charlie Sifford broke the color barrier in 1960