CLEVELAND - Clevelander Charlie Sifford, the first black man to gain entry into the Professional Golf Association, has died at the age of 92.
Sifford's granddaughter confirmed the legendary golfer's passing to newsnet5.com.
The golfer known for his trademark cigar called Northeast Ohio his home for many years, most recently living in Warrensville Heights.
In November, he went to the White House where President Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award that can be received by a civilian.
newsnet5.com's Leon Bibb did a special feature on Sifford in his My Ohio segment.
TAP HERE to view that special.
Golfing world responds to Charlie Sifford’s death:
Mr Charlie Sifford died tonite, the greatest African American Golfer most of you never heard of. RIP, Sir! #Presidential Medal of Honor— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 4, 2015
RIP Charlie Sifford. You will always be the great leader.— Richard Zokol (@RichardZokol) February 4, 2015
Charlie Sifford has passed away at age 92. One of golf's true pioneers. What a sad day for the game.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) February 4, 2015
Charlie Sifford: 1922-2015 "That little old golf I played was all right, wasn't it?" pic.twitter.com/U9iZjaW5mx— Golf.com (@golf_com) February 4, 2015
Very very sorry to report that Mr Charlie Sifford passed away this evening. He was a leader in our game and in life. Will be missed.— Jimmy Hanlin (@JimmyHanlin) February 4, 2015
So sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Charlie Sifford. A true pioneer for the game of golf. #thankyou— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) February 4, 2015