CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT
Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players. But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.
Charlie Takes His Shot will be featured at the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis May 19, 2018. Thrilled to meet Ms. Bridges and share Charlie's stories with kids at the festival!
"I knew Charlie Sifford. I was covering the tournament when Charlie won his biggest title, the 1969 Los Angeles Open...He would experience just as great a thrill to see this lovely tribute of a book that Nancy Churnin has written and know that it might help another hard-working kid fight to achieve a dream."
-Dan Jenkins, best-selling author, Sports Illustrated columnist and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame
A poignant and inspiring tale of a groundbreaking sports figure whose name and story should be well-known.
- Kirkus Reviews
A quietly affecting story…. Churnin concludes on a hopeful note: “And now it was possible for everyone who loved the game to play and hear cheers from the crowd.”
- Publishers Weekly
An engaging picture book introducing a little-known American hero.
A worthwhile addition to school libraries looking for sports-related picture book biographies.
- School Library Journal
With determination, skill, and a little help from Jackie Robinson, Charlie follows his dreams. This is the inspirational retelling of the true story of how professional golfer Charlie Sifford became not only the first black player on the PGA tour but the first black player to win a tournament as well. Textured artwork captures the struggles and the joys of rising from caddy to champion on the fairway greens as Charlie’s persistence and dedication shine through.
Watch Charlie Sifford receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.