On Thursday, golf pioneer Lee Elder finally got some long-overdue love from Augusta National Golf Club when the pioneer joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters for the 85th Masters Tournament.
In 1975, Elder became the first Black golfer to play in The Masters. Forty-six years later, Elder received a lengthy applause when he returned to the site of his barrier-breaking appearance. It was a moment that was decades overdue, and one Warriors guard Steph Curry had to acknowledge.
Curry congratulated Elder on Twitter while sporting a green hat that read "1975" on the front with "Stay the Course," an Elder quote on the side, and the Curry brand logo on the back.
A number of people were sporting those green caps as Elder joined Nicklaus and Player on Thursday. Curry's group reached out to Elder's foundation wanting to help him spread his message about inclusion and diversity in golf.
Curry will wear the cap Friday before the Warriors play the Washington Wizards. Kent Bazemore, Andre Iguodala and Damion Lee also are expected to sport the hats.
Elder, who was hooked to an oxygen tank Thursday, was unable to hit a ceremonial tee shot with Player and Nicklaus.
But it was high time Augusta National gave Lee Elder his due. They should do so every year for the remainder of his days.