Calvin H. Sinnette
Dr. Calvin H. Sinnette of Arlington, VA, has conducted extensive research on the history of the African American golf experience. Sinnette is a native of New York City’s Harlem, an avid golfer, and a graduate of Howard University’s college of medicine. In 2011 he was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame. He was introduced to golf while serving as a United States Air Force medical officer in Southern Germany.
In 1998 he petitioned the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) to award posthumous membership to William Bill Spiller who, 50 years earlier, had applied for, but was denied, membership. Dr. Sinnette’s advocacy was instrumental in persuading the PGA to reverse the 1948 decision that stemmed from the organization’s exclusionary racial policy.
Sinnette was married to Elinor Des Verney Sinnette. Photo: seated Elinor Des Verney Sinnette, far right Calvin H. Sinnette (courtesy Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library).