31 Jan '12, 9pm

Son of African-American golf pioneer shares insight on growing game

Son of African-American golf pioneer shares insight on growing game

At the 93rd PGA Annual Meeting in 2009, The PGA formalized the unanimous decision to acknowledge three courageous African-American golf pioneers by granting them posthumous PGA membership. Those men were Ted Rhodes, John Shippen and Bill Spiller. Also at that time, legendary boxing champ Joe Louis was posthumously recognized as an Honorary PGA member. On that day, then-PGA President Remy said: "They say you can't turn back time, but you can do your very best to make it right." Bill Spiller Jr. admitted during his speech that when he first received word that his father had been elected to PGA membership, he was unsure how to react after years of watching him suffer indignities because of the color of his skin. "But The PGA of 1950 is not the same PGA today," said Spiller. "My family and I are very happy that this decision has been made. We're happy to know that our father's...

Full article: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/son-african-american-golf-pio...

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