Charlie Sifford

During Black History Month, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina celebrates the achievements of black Americans of the past and present; people who've taken the 'Live Fearless' philosophy to heart, pioneering new pathways to help everyone enjoy a better quality of life.

Charles Sifford was the first African-American golfer to play in the PGA. Born in Charlotte in 1922, Sifford got his start as a caddie. By age 39, he had become the first African-American member on the PGA Tour. Charles Sifford broke the color barrier in golf, just as Jackie Robinson had done in baseball thirteen years prior. In 2004, Sifford was the first African American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, in Charlotte, the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park is named in his honor. Sifford’s love of the sport, despite the barriers in his path, strengthened him as he became a beacon for diversity in the game of golf.