Billy Brent has a passion for guiding new golfers

Twenty years ago, Billy Brent experienced a golf legend’s powerful moment in history.

Here they were, Brent and his idol, approaching the clubhouse steps on this day at Pensacola Country Club, prior to the Senior PGA Tour event being held miles away at The Moors Golf Club.

Billy Brent, center, receives a special achievement award from Pensacola Sports board members Jehan Clark, far left, and Bill Hamilton, far right, and Woodhman High School graduate and world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin during the 64th annual Pensacola Sports Awards Banquet at New World Landing in Feb.

All those years in the late 1950s and 1960s when Sifford played in the PGA Tour’s Pensacola Open at Pensacola Country Club, he was not permitted inside the clubhouse.