World Golf Hall of Fame Host Panel Discussion to Celebrated Black History Month

Pete McDaniel, Wendell Haskins and Lee Elder participated in a panel discussion followed by Q&A and book signing

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum celebrated Black History Month with a special Speaker Series in the Museum’s Shell Hall in St. Augustine on Saturday, February 24. The Speaker Series featured a panel discussion with Lee Elder, the first African-American to play in the Masters in 1975; Pete McDaniel, the freelance golf writer who collaborated with Tiger Woods on instruction and feature articles; and Wendell Haskins, a well-known golf executive and former Senior Director of Diversity with the PGA of America.

The panelists discussed the accomplishments of African-Americans in the game, including the steep challenges faced by Elder and other African-American golfers on their road to becoming golf legends. Elder, McDaniel and Haskins each discussed their careers in the golf industry and what we can look forward to in the future.

Located in St. Augustine, the Hall of Fame developed a permanent exhibit titled “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf,” with the support of the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the USGA. This permanent exhibition contains rare photographs, audio, video and memorabilia to highlight the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf starting with pioneers from the late 1800s through today’s game with the impact of Tiger Woods.