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Michael C. Miller

professional golfer, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the youngest of nine children. Rhodes rarely spoke of his parents, though he did mention in an interview that his father died when he was four years old. By the time he reached the fifth grade, Ted had dropped out of school to work as a caddy on area golf courses, including being a club favorite at the Belle Meade Country Club. When he was not caddying, Rhodes took other odd jobs at any golf course he could, or played golf. Nashville had no courses for blacks to use, so Rhodes and other caddies made their own courses in neighborhood parks. Rhodes also sneaked onto courses where he caddied or played on “caddy days,” and became fairly well known as a golfer and hustler.

Rhodes s golf swing the result of endless practice soon came to be recognized as one of the ...


Gregory Travis Bond

golfer, was born Charles Luther Sifford in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of six children of Roscoe Sifford, a laborer, and Eliza. He was introduced to golf at the age of nine while working as a caddy at the local Carolina Country Club, where he learned the game during numerous early morning rounds. Sifford claimed his first title at a caddy's tournament in 1934, bringing home ten dollars and a case of Pepsi Cola. Financial difficulties and racial problems in Charlotte both on and off of the course forced him to drop out of his segregated high school during his junior year and move to live with an uncle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939. Sifford soon found a job as a shipping clerk for the National Biscuit Company, and he honed his golfing game at the public Cobbs Creek links.

During World War II Sifford served ...


Nathan Mayerhoeffer

was born Charles Luther Sifford in Charlotte, North Carolina, the second son of six children of Pasco Sifford, a laborer, and Eliza Darkins Sifford. At nine or ten years old, Charlie began working as a caddy for sixty cents a day at the local Carolina Country Club; all his earnings went to his mother for household expenses. When he was only thirteen years old, he adopted his lifelong cigar habit; by then he could also shoot par and was known at his country club to be a good golfer. Seeing Sifford play, Sutton Alexander, who owned the Carolina Country Club, and Clayton Heafner, who would later become a Professional Golf Association (PGA) professional, undertook the task of teaching the young caddie the game.

When Sifford was seventeen years old in 1939 Alexander suggested that it would be best if he left both the Carolina Country Club and caddying as ...