Woods donates $10K to honor school's Sifford Scholarship Fund

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Tiger Woods made a $10,000 donation to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to honor the memory his late friend, Charlie Sifford.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 12:20 p.m.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., announced Thursday that Tiger Woods is the first individual donor to the school's scholarship fund that will honor the memory of the late Dr. Charlie Sifford.

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UMES issued a release on the donation, which read in part:

Woods' personal gift of $10,000 will launch the Sifford Fund, which UMES is creating to "provide need-based scholarships to highly talented students who demonstrate a passion for the game of golf... and who are from populations underrepresented in the golf industry."

UMES is the nation's lone historically black university that offers a bachelor's degree in professional golf management accredited by the PGA of America (PGA.com profiled the school in 2011).

"The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is honored to accept this generous gift from Tiger Woods to support our professional golf management program and to partner with us in acknowledging Dr. Sifford's role as a sports pioneer," UMES President Juliette B. Bell said.

Sifford, who broke professional golf's color barrier in 1961, died at the age of 92 on Feb. 3.

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Sifford and Woods were very close. After his death, Woods wrote to the Associated Press in an email, "It's not an exaggeration to say that without Charlie, and the other pioneers who fought to play, I may not be playing golf. My pop likely wouldn't have picked up the sport, and maybe I wouldn't have either."

Woods has also referred to Sifford as, "The grandpa I never had."

Back in November 2014, Sifford -- a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and the 1975 Senior PGA Champion -- was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  


T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.