“We visited the exhibition on Friday (1999). It was very impressive. Many thanks for the display of John Shippen (first Black or White professional golfer). His wife, Maude Lee Shippen was in the picture of the Wake Robin Golf Club on the rear panel of the exhibition. I hope many go to see the exhibit during the day. It was certainly well placed (The Gallery at E Street). Again, thank you Ramona, and we wish you success in your continued endeavors, such as the group panel discussion at the Smithsonian. That too was informative and noteworthy. Thank you again." Hanna Shippen Smith, Grandson of John Shippen (John Shippen, first African American to play in a US Open)
For one day, African American Golf History was the lesson of the day in all social studies and physical education classes. A lesson plan was provided to social studies teaches. Golf clinic, by LPGA professional LaRee Sugg, was given to all physical education classes. The Epochs Exhibition was set up in the library for all students and staff. There was also a school-wide essay contest;
winner received Calloway golf bag.
Attendees from the Washington, DC metropolitan area enjoyed an afternoon at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Fairfax County, Virginia, with legends Lee Elder
and LaRee Sugg.
Elder and Sugg conducted a junior golf clinic and on-course demonstration. The Epochs traveling Indoor exhibition
was on display in the clubhouse.
Continuing our mission, The Epochs Flagship RV visited The First Tee of Augusta,
The Boys and Girls Club of Augusta, and Augusta Municipal Golf Course,
also known as The Patch.
Photo: Professional Golf Manager Arthur Johnson shares his forty-five years of experience in the golf industry with youth from The Patch Junior Golf Program.
The Epochs honored Legends
Pete Brown, Jim Dent, and
Charlie Sifford in 2014.
All legends attended the event.
A proclamation, by then
Mayor Deke Copenhaver,
was read at the event.
June 21, 2014 was proclaimed as
"African American Golf History Day"
in Augusta, Georgia.
Exhibition was on display at the university’s H.C. Taylor Art Gallery. The exhibition opened with a reception and book signing by Calvin Sinnette, author, Forbidden Fairways. Celebrity visitors included golf legends
Jim Dent, Charlie Sifford, and
then 87 year old renowned Pinehurst, North Carolina caddy Robert “Hardrock” Robinson.
Photo: James Renick (left), then Chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University greets legendary golfer Charlie Sifford.
c., May 2001.
Held at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Center, posthumous honors were given to Mary Burton and Ann Gregory.
Tiger Woods was honored with the Epochs of Courage Award. A Tiger Woods Foundation Board Member accepted the
award on Woods' behalf.
Posthumous awards were accepted by
Mary Burton's granddaughter, and
Anne Gregory's daughter.