Mannie Clark-The Orlando Times
Mr. Mannie Clark...Before The Arnold Palmer Invitational There Was The Chitterling Circuit Golf Tournament Bringing Black Stories To Life: Goldsboro Black History! Sports Edition
Photo Cutline: Mr. Clark holds a winning trophy for best dressed at the "Chitterling Circuit" Golf Tournament Jacksonville, Fl.
BY VALADA PARKER FLEWELLYN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mr. Mannie Clark Sr., a serious golfer from Sanford lived in Goldsboro.
Mr. Clark was head caddy at the Mayfair Golf Course and Country Club during the 50ís (Blacks could only be caddies, they were not allowed to play on the course). I was told after closing time many caddies would slip back and play 9 holes, sometime during the long days of summer they could get in 18 holes. I heard that Mr. Clark played with some of the great names in sports like Joe Lewis and many others on the "Chitterling Circuit".
Alone Mr. Clark raised 8 children on Lake Ave., now called William Clark Ave. (no relation to the founder of Goldsboro William Clark).
Children are: Claudette, Mannie Clark Jr.(died in 911 bombing NY,) Furman Clark, Carolyn, Cynthia, Anthony, and Ellen Clark.
Read more of "African Americans of Sanford, Florida" by Valada Parker Flewellyn.
Book is on sale at the Goldsboro Museum.