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PremierLeague-News.Com - As Augusta paid tribute to the first black man to play at the Masters, Wayne Player stood by advertising golf balls
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It was a more hospitable welcome than his first visit 46 years ago. No longer able to swing a club, Lee Elder nevertheless rose from his chair on the first tee during the ceremonial opening of the Masters to accept the acclaim of Augusta chairman Fred Ridley. Before Elder was allowed into the tournament in 1975 black golfers were barred under the apartheid regime of the age, colour an offence to white sensibilities. Were you to look around the site you might conclude little has changed, with Cameron Champ the only player of African American heritage in the field. The cultural assimilation of black America into the golfing milieu has been become a subject of urgent discussion in the post George Floyd period. Augusta National is investing resources into local programmes including sponsoring golfers at Augusta’s historically black university Paine College, a number of whom were in attendance at the first tee and referenced by Ridley. i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Honorary Starters Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus join Lee Elder on the tee. The 2021 Masters is now officially under way. #themasters pic.twitter.com/wNlvGsclew— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 8, 2021 Though pace of change is glacial we must hope that the symbolic value of Elder’s presence on a fine Augusta morning triggers a more substantive response. Elder felt the power of the moment. “To earn an invitation to the Masters and stand at that first tee was my dream and to have it come true in 1975 remains one of the greatest highlights of my career and life.
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. Read More The battle to make golf look like America: ‘It can’t survive if old white guys are the only people playing’ Ridley praised Elder’s strength and character. “He blazed a trail that will inspire the game of golf and future generations of players,” Ridley said. “We are delighted today to have with us a number of black golf professionals who are proud members of the PGA of America. They are undoubtedly inspired by Lee Elder and his message that the game of golf belongs to everyone. Today Lee Elder will inspire us and make history once more. Not with a driver but with his presence, his strength and his character. Thank you, Lee.” The idea that golf belongs to everyone is a comfort for white liberals but a million miles from the reality. Until the big institutions that pour money into the game are persuaded to divert their investments into schemes that make golf more accessible to minorities, the status quo is unlikely to shift significantly.When Elder made his debut he was forced to move between two rented houses at random to ensure safety in an febrile atmosphere fed by racial hatred and resistance to change. We have moved on from that scenario, but neither fast nor far enough. And if respect is at the heart of the issue, Gary Player’s son Wayne might want to ask himself if the positioning of a sleeve of balls to offer maximum exposure to the manufacturer, was the most appropriate use of the stage, stood as he was adjacent to the historic figure eulogised by the chairman.
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