Investing in the Historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course
And Supporting African American Golfers in Pennsylvania
Senator Hughes joined elected officials including Representative Morgan Cephas and Mayor Jim Kenney to break ground on a new project to revitalize the historic Cobbs Creek golf course and build a new Tiger Woods Foundation education center
Cobbs Creek was one of the first integrated golf courses in America and the home course of the great Charlie Sifford. Senator Hughes has worked with the Cobbs Creek Foundation to invest $4.3 million dollars to help make the course a community hub that golfers and students can enjoy.
Senator Hughes has a long history with supporting African American golfers and lifting up great golf legends.
When his father, James Hughes, passed, he and his family made the decision to establish the James Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund in his name. Given Mr. Hughes’ commitment to education and especially helping young people go to college, the focus of the funds was to provide scholarships to Philadelphia students attending Cheyney University and the 13 other State System of Higher Education Universities in PA.
Over a 10-year period, $1M was provided to deserving young people to attend and graduate from some of PA’s most important universities. Because Mr. Hughes was an avid golfer, and a leader in advancing African American participation in the game of golf, scholarship funds were raised through a golf tournament that focused on lifting up the struggles and triumphs of African American golfers making it to the PGA tour. Golfers including Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete, Charles Owens, Bill Bishop, and many others joined supporters and fans to golf and enjoy festivities.
We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the James Hughes Scholarship Fund and the important history of Cobbs Creek.