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Local golf pioneers honored on wall
Sifford, Black, Littlejohn in first class
Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:57 am
by Herbert L. White

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will honor pioneer golfers and contributors at the inaugural Golf Wall of Fame dedication. 

The ceremony is May 15 at the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park, 2661 Barringer Drive.  

The event, which will honor Charlotte residents for their contribution to golf, starts with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Revolution Park Sports Academy.

The four honorees are: 

• Sifford, a former PGA Tour player and the first African American to win a PGA-sanctioned event; 

• James Black, a PGA Tour player; 

• Donald Littlejohn, a coach, and two-time winner of the Charlotte City-Am tournament, and 

• Beverly Lawston, a former Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation commissioner and former chair of the Mecklenburg County Golf Advisory Council. 

The course was built in the late 1930s as Charlotte’s first municipal golf course. It was originally known as Bonnie Brae Golf Course and later Revolution Park Golf Course. In 2011, the course was renamed to honor Sifford, who grew up in Charlotte.  The course is home to The First Tee of Charlotte, a youth program.



Glad to see this ceremony taking place. I was privileged to see both Charlie Sifford and Jim Black play. They both deserve this honor. I wish Bill Johnson were here to be a part of this ceremony. He loved Bonnie Brae in the day!!
Posted on May 9, 2014

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