Two local black golfers were inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday, based on their driving, chipping and putting skills, and their ability to pass those skills along to young golfers.
Percy Marshall, 90, of Kennedy Heights, and Wilson Stone, 85, Silverton, received the honor at an induction ceremony in the Hyatt Hotel, Charlotte, N.C., during the 18th annual National Black Golf Hall of Fame Tournament.
Others receiving the honor were Marvin S. Finley of Los Angeles, and Gladys M. Lee of Dallas, Texas.
Local fans there to honor the golfers were: Willie "Sonny" and Laveta Lewis; Columbus Peters, Joe Camp, Sylvester Griffin, Shirley Hamer, Coley Washington, Oscar White, Deborah Howard, Charles Thomas, Michael Sullivan and myself.
Percy Marshall, left, Charlie Sifford, center, and Wilson Stone, right (see zoom view). Stone and Marshall were inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, Saturday. Sifford was the first black golfer on the PGA tour.
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Marshall, a storyteller, found himself slightly short on words as he thanked his many supporters.
"This is one of the greatest honors I have ever received," he said. "It is especially wonderful to be honored for doing something you love - helping other people."
Stone thanked supporters: "I am not a man of many words, but tonight I am happy. I have a table of relatives on one side of the room and a table of friends on the other."
Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken sent proclamations to Marshall and Stone, declaring July 12 their day in Cincinnati.
The golfers were treated to a golf driving demonstration at the Renaissance Golf Course by Charlie Sifford, the first black golfer on the PGA tour, and James Black, a self-taught caddy who shook the golf world when he played in the Los Angeles Open more than 50 years ago and shot a 67 on the first day.
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