JT caddied for Charlie Sifford in 1956 in RI Open @ PCC

In 1956, Charlie Sifford won the RI Open played at Pawtucket Country Club. At the time, Jim Tanner had assigned a caddy from Agawam to caddy for Sifford in the first round. Charlie entered the pro shop after the first round and asked the caddy master if there was another caddy available that knew the course.
JT asked Charlie what he had shot in the first round. It was an even par 69. So, JT told Charlie he would be happy to carry his bag the next 2 rounds. Charlie shot 69 -68-67 204 to win the 1956 Rhode Island Open and he was the first black golfer to play the RI Open.
Charlie was considered the “Jackie Robinson” of golf. He was the first black golfer to play in the majors and the first to win a PGA event. Tiger Woods said, “Charlie Sifford was the grandfather I never had.”

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