In 30 LPGA Tour seasons, Amy Alcott won 29 tournaments and was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1999. A longtime Santa Monica resident, she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship three times and started the tradition of jumping into Poppie’s Pond at Mission Hills CC after winning the 1988 title.
Alcott started playing golf at the age of 9 at her West Los Angeles home. She competed throughout Southern California and in her amateur career amassed 132 junior golf trophies, including the 1973 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at the age of 17. Alcott made history in 1974 as the first female golfer to play in the CIF-SCGA high school championship as a member of the Palisades High School boys’ team.
Charlie Sifford, a native of Charlotte, N.C., overcame the PGA of America's Caucasian-only clause in 1961, becoming the first African-American athlete to compete on the PGA tour. His friendship with professional Teddy Rhodes first brought Sifford to Southern California in the early 1950s.
Sifford secured his first PGA Tour victory at the Greater Hartford Open in 1967, but his crowning professional moment came at Rancho Park GC in 1969 when he won the prestigious Los Angeles Open. He went on to capture the PGA Seniors' Championship in 1975 and was an original member of the PGA’s Champions Tour. Sifford was the first African-American to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, in 2004.
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