Memorial Park Golf Course

In 1917, Camp Logan was established along the banks of the Buffalo Bayou, approximately five miles from downtown Houston, and a year later the camp’s hospital administrator constructed a nine-hole golf course with sand greens to help injured soldiers recuperate in both body and spirit.  In 1923, due to a Houston Chronicle supporting the Camp’s legacy and honor the soldiers who trained on those grounds, the Hogg family donated title to 1500 acres to the city.  In 1924, Memorial Park was consecrated.

Ten years later the Workers Progress Administration chose the construction of a golf course for its first government sponsored project in Houston. Workers descended on Memorial Park under the supervision of a visionary Princeton graduate, John Bredemus, later known as the Father of Texas Golf as the designer for courses such as Bredemus designed golf courses such as Colonial Country Club, Glen Garden Golf & Country Club and Ridglea Country Club-North Course. In addition to Memorial Park Bredemus designed the layouts for Houston’s Pine Forest, BraeBurn and Westwood Country Clubs, yet considered Memorial Park one of his finest accomplishments.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias graced Memorial Park’s fairways along with other notable golfers. With assistance of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Byron Nelson and Johnny Weismuller, Jimmy Demaret hosted the 1943 War Bonds Drive at the course.
Great Britain’s Bobby Locke won The 1947 Houston Open played at Memorial Park; Ben Hogan tied for eighth place. The Houston Open return to Memorial Park in 1951 and remained there for twelve years. Arnold Palmer, Jack Burke, Cary Middlecoff, Jay Hebert and Bob Charles are counted among this tournament’s champions. Other players competing, but coming up short included Jack Nicklaus, Ken Venturi, Julius Boros and Roberto DeVicenzo.

Houston’s most popular public golf course succumbed to the ravages of time and the tread of countless municipal golfers. Once again The Bayou City’s citizens rallied to preserve the hallowed grounds of affordable public golf and creatively funded an extensive renovation of the golf course with a mandate to remain true to John Bredemus’ original design. The course reopened in 1995 to rave reviews and within a few years hosted the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship. 

The Dallas Morning News currently ranks Memorial Park in Texas’ Top Fifty Public Courses and Number 6 in the state’s Top Twenty-Five Economy Golf Courses. Over sixty-five thousand rounds a year are played at the golf course. This municipal facility hosts Houston’s City Amateur Men’s, Women’s and Senior’s tournaments in the early fall. In an effort to nurture junior golf the course conducts several junior tournaments and offers summer camps to introduce novice players to the game and course etiquette. 
The silhouette of a soldier wearing a campaign-hat is a prominent figure on the golf course logo. This homage to Camp Logan and our veterans’ sacrifices dovetails with Memorial Park’s commitment to maintaining a top-tier facility for affordable public golf and unwavering support of Junior Golf.


City: Houston, Texas

Course Opened: July, 1936

Course Closed: N/A


Lindy Miller

Fort Worth’s Lindy Miller made a name for himself in the mid-1970s as one of our country’s best amateur golfers, winning such prestigious tournaments as the Southern Amateur Championship and the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. He was a member of two NCAA Championship teams during his career at Oklahoma State University before graduating with a degree in business administration.

Miller was the low amateur at the U.S. Open in 1977, the Masters in 1978, played on the Walker Cup team in 1977 and was College Golfer of the Year in 1978. He spent six years as a tournament player on the PGA Tour, and then in 1985 began his distinguished career as a PGA Golf Professional and Teacher. He began as an Assistant Golf Professional at Columbian Country Club in Dallas before becoming the first Head Golf Professional at Fort Worth’s Mira Vista Country Club, where he remained for 22 years. As a respected club professional, Miller continued winning awards and recognition. 

During this time, in 1996, he started the Lindy Miller Foundation for Junior Golf, a charitable organization with the purpose of bringing the game of golf to underprivileged youth. Over the years, his foundation evolved into The First Tee of Fort Worth, where he remains an Honorary Board Member. Lindy currently serves as a Teaching Professional at Shady Oaks Country Club in Ft. Worth, the boy’s golf coach at Fort Worth Country Day, and is responsible for corporate development and patron relations for The Ben Hogan Foundation.


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Blaine McCallister

Blaine is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.


McCallister was born in Fort Stockton, Texas. He attended the University of Houston and was a member of the golf team. His college roommates were future fellow professional golfer Fred Couples and future CBS Sports golf host Jim Nantz.  McCallister turned pro in 1981. McCallister joined the PGA Tour in 1982. He had a total of five wins on the PGA Tour, all of which came in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As he entered his forties, McCallister began to split his playing time between the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He established the tournament record of 265 at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic, which is his sole win on the Nationwide Tour. 

After turning 50 in October 2008, McCallister began playing on the Champions Tour. 
McCallister is naturally left-handed but plays the game mix-handed; he writes left-handed, strikes the ball right-handed and putts left-handed.  He currently lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.


Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Born: November 25, 1931

Died: July 11, 2003


Joe Finger

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Joe Finger was born in Houston, Texas where he lived until retiring to Kerrville in 1988. 

Mr. Finger earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rice Institute and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  While at Rice, he was a four year golf letterman, serving as Co-Captain of the golf team which won the Southwest Conference Championship.  

In 1941 Mr. Finger began his professional career as a chemical engineer with positions at Pan America Refining Corp (AMOCVO), J.S. Abercrombie & Company where he was instrumental in the design, startup and operation of the 100 octane aviation gasoline refinery at Old Ocean, Texas. In spite of many attempts to get into the armed forces, he was consistently deferred by the Petroleum Administration for War.

After the war Mr. Finger began work for Corrulux, where his innovative work with plastic was lauded.  Corulux was eventually sold to Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company, where he remained as President of the Corrulux Division for four years. He held several patents on the manufacturing process which is used all over the world.  He then turned to his favorite pastime, golf, for his next venture. 

Mr. Finger was an accomplished golfer as he held the Westwood Country Club championship for 13 years, while developing golf course architecture as a serious hobby.  Starting out as an unpaid superintendent and doing all of the engineering work for the golf course, he was hired by the Westwood architect to assist the addition of 9 holes to their course.  Mr. Finger was eventually recommended by the architect to apply for the course at Randolph Air Force base in San Antonio. He got the job.  

From that humble beginning, he became one of the top golf course architects in the country, as judged by the number of his works included in Golf Digest list of Americas 100 Greatest Courses. His courses from New York, though the southeast, southwest and into California and Mexico, earned him many honors over the 45 years he spent in the business. He also built nine courses for the Air Force, and His consulting work took him to Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

He was particularly honored when Byron Nelson asked him to help rebuild the 8th green at the Masters.  During his career he was a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and served as Director of the National Club Association.

In 1988 he retired, moved to Kerrville and worked with Byron Nelson to redesign the Riverhill Country Club golf course. His final undertaking was the complete remodeling of the Scott Schriener Municipal Golf Course in Kerrville.


Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born:  June 4, 1918

Died: September 28, 2003


Robin Burke

Robin is the current captain of the women’s U.S. Curtis Cup team.   Robin Burke was the runner-up in the 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, falling to Silvia Cavalleri at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass. The following year, she was a member of the USA Team that took a 10-8 victory over GB&I at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn. Burke paired with Virginia Derby Grimes for two foursomes victories and lost her singles match.

Burke has competed in more than 35 USGA individual championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship three times, and in 2003, she took stroke-play medalist honors in the Women’s Mid-Amateur at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Her 38 Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories are tied for third-most in championship history with four-time champion Meghan Stasi, trailing only past Curtis Cup captains Ellen Port (58 victories; 2014 captain) and Carol Semple Thompson (56 victories; 2006, 2008 captain). Additionally, Burke has played for Texas in four USGA Women’s State Team Championships, helping her team to runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2011.

Burke won the 2001 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, as well as the 1992 and 2001 Southern Women’s Amateur Championships. She won the 1990 and 1991 Texas Women’s Amateur Championships, and she is an eight-time Greater Houston Women's City Amateur champion.
Burke is married to two-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr. The Burkes own Houston’s famed Champions Golf Club, where Robin Burke serves as vice president. The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur events, including the 1967 Ryder Cup (won by the USA), the 1969 U.S. Open Championship (won by Orville Moody), the 1993 U.S. Amateur Championship (won by John Harris), the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Derby Grimes) and five PGA Tour Championships.


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Cedar Crest Country Club

Cedar Crest Park, formerly Cedar Crest Country Club, is a public golf course in Dallas, Texas. South of downtown, the course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and was the site of the tenth PGA Championship in 1927, won by Walter Hagen, his fourth consecutive PGA title and fifth overall, the ninth of his eleven major championships. It also hosted theDallas Open in 1926, won by Macdonald Smith.

Established in 1916 and opened in 1919, the course is where a young Harry Cooper honed his skills. The country club was closed in 1929, changed ownership, and then was purchased by the city in 1946. It hosted the United Golf Association Negro National Open in 1954, and the USGA's Public Links later that year.

A new $2 million clubhouse was built in 2001 and the course was renovated in 2004 by D. A. Weibring.

 

Reference: Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Crest_Park

Northwood Club

In 1946, two of the nation's leading golf course architects -- William H. Diddel and Perry Maxwell -- were invited to Dallas to look over the land the newly-formed Northwood Club had purchased from oilman Buddy Fogelson and his wife, actress Greer Garson.  

The members chose Bill Diddel, the Indiana-based designer of nearly 300 courses from 1921 until 1974.  During those 53 years, Diddel’s work included seven courses listed by Golf Digest as among America’s All-Time Toughest Courses including Kenwood in Cincinnati and Shawnee Inn in Pennsylvania.  

Diddel’s mark was seen on courses including the Country Club of Indianapolis in 1923, Melbourne (Florida) Golf & Country Club (1926) Country Club of Little Rock (1929), Wichita Country Club in 1950 and Louisville Country Club in 1955.  

He was seen as a master at routing a golf course, using the natural terrain to provide definition and strategy. His green designs were creative, difficult yet fair; they were integral in the strategy of each hole as well as the entire sequence of holes.   

At the top level of American architects, Diddel joined colleagues Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Perry Maxwell and nine other preeminent golf course architects as a founder of The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1947.  He worked with a number of great architects, but his foremost famous protégés were Pete and Alice Dye.  

Bill Diddel died at age 101 in 1985.  

The Northwood Club hosted the 1952 United States Open Championship, won by Julius Boros.

Dallas Country Club

The history of Dallas Country Club begins with a few friends playing the game in a field near the corner of Oak Lawn and Lemmon Avenues in 1895.  

Two early participants – Richard E. Potter and Courtenay Wellesley were ex-patriot employees of a British company called Texas Land & Mortgage.  Another was Henry L. Edwards, a transplanted Welsh cotton broker, who loved golf and competition almost as much as he loved Dallas.  Mr. Edwards is a Pioneer member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and is widely considered to be one of the founders of organized golf in Texas.
The Club was officially founded in 1896, which makes it the oldest golf course in our Registry.
    

Little by little, the group grew as interested bystanders became enthusiastic players and the member-hosts opened their course to visitors for several tournaments, including a state event in 1903 and the Texas Golf Association State Championship in 1906.  
By 1908, Dallas had doubled its population.  Hints of a marvelous new suburb north of downtown circulated among the town folk and the Club members felt that a move to Highland Park was in order.   
By 1909, Dallas Country Club was comfortable at its new location and by 1912, an 18-hole golf course had been laid out by recognized architect Tom Bendelow.
    

The course hosted a visit from British stars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913, the Southern Amateur Championship in 1916, an exhibition by Bobby Jones and Perry Adair in 1918, the Western Amateur Championship in 1950, the Women’s Texas Golf Association in 1920 and 1934 and the first Texas Golf Association championship in 1906, followed by title tilts in 1912, 1915, 1921, 1949, 1956 and 2006. The game’s professionals have also visited DCC, during the Victory Open in 1943 and the Salesmanship Club sponsored Dallas Open in 1945.
    

In 1948, the Club had a major course renovation done by Ralph Plummer.  Architect John Fought did a subsequent renovation of the course that opened for play in May 2011 and a new clubhouse was opened in February 2012.
    

Among the well-known Texas golfers that  have cut their competitive teeth at DCC over the years are fellow 2014 Inductee Charles Dexter, George N. Aldredge, L. R., Collett, Jack Munger, Hugh Halsell, and Texas Golf Hall of Famers Gus Moreland, David “Spec” Goldman, and 2012 Inductee, Don Addington.  Among the female contingent are Curtis Cup Team member Nancy Hager Hale and WTGA runner-up Lyda Hill. 

Betsy Rawls

Betsy Rawls grew up in Arlington, Texas, and did not take up golf until she was in her late teens. As a University of Texas student, Rawls sought out Austin teacher Harvey Penick.

Rawls, a physics and math major, graduated from the University of Texas Phi Beta Kappa. She learned quickly from Penick. Four years after taking up golf, Rawls won the Texas Amateur and the Women’s Trans National. In 1950 she won the Texas Amateur again and followed up with the Broadmoor Invitational. Betsy captured 55 LPGA victories and was fourth on the list of the Tour’s leading winners.

She won eight majors and led the Tour wins in 1952, 1957, 1959. Her 20-year career was highlighted in 1959 when she captured 10 titles and the Vare Trophy. She was the LPGA tournament director from 1975-81. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987 and was named one of Golf Magazine’s “100 Heroes” in 1988.


Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Born: May 4, 1928

Died: N/A


Ed White

Former Houstonian Ed White predated Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson as a world-class golfer. From 1933 to 1935, White was the individual Southwest Conference champion on the SWC team champions at the University of Texas. In those three years, White advanced to the national collegiate quarterfinals in 1933. He was the first NCAA champion from the state of Texas since the origin of the tournament in 1897, and the second one would not come along until the University of Houston’s Rex Baxter captured the 1957 title.

Winner of the 1935 Mexican Amateur tournament, which used to draw exceptionally strong fields from north of the border, White was also a member of the 1936 Walker Cup Team. White, who was a member of Houston Country Club and an honorary member of Brae-Burn, took long absences from golf because of outside interests.


Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: October 29, 1913

Died: September 18, 1999


Jacky Cupit

Now in the landscaping business in Dallas, Jacky Cupit was one of the five golfing brothers who all turned professional. In fact, he and his brother Buster teamed to finish second to the duo of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in the 1966 PGA national Two Ball Tournament.

Cupit had a stellar amateur career, winning 39 tournaments. As a collegian at the University of Houston, he was twice an All-American and played on three NCAA Championship teams for Coach Dave Williams. While still an amateur Jacky won two pro events – the Alvin Dark Open in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the Twin Cities Open in Monroe, Louisiana. Jacky earned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 1961 when he won the Canadian Open and several top 10s including the 1963 U.S. Open at Brookline, where he tied Julius Boros and Arnold Palmer at the end of regulation and then finished second to Boros in the playoff. Cupit retired from tour competition in 1974 due to back problems but managed to capture three Northern Texas Section titles.


Birthplace: Longview, Texas

Born: February 1, 1938

Died: N/A


John Mahaffey

An outstanding basketball player at Kerrville High School, John Drayton Mahaffey, Jr. might have pursued that sport in college except that he weight only 117 pounds. As it turned out, Mahaffey chose golf and was at the right place at the right time when he was runner-up in the Texas State Junior Championship during the summer of 1966. Mahaffey caught the eye of UH Coach Dave Williams who felt that, “John Mahaffey’s not little. He’s just not big.”

Mahaffey played big for the Cougars, leading the team to the 1970 NCAA Championship by winning the individual title by a stroke over Lanny Wadkins of Wake Forest. John also led the Cougars to a team title in 1969. After college, John went to work as an assistant at Champions Golf Club in Houston. When Ben Hogan came early to practice for the 1971 Houston Champions International, he invited Mahaffey to join him for nine holes. Mahaffey shot a 31, Hogan, 32. Mr. Hogan was so impressed that he used his influence to get Mahaffey into the Colonial National Invitation Tournament, giving Mahaffey a taste of the career he has pursued ever since.

Despite several injuries, Mahaffey, was recognized as an exceptional striker of the ball. He won the PGA Championship and Players Championship among his 10 tour victories.He also became involved in a golf course architecture and design business.


Birthplace: Kerrville, Texas

Born: May 9, 1948

Died: N/A


Raymond Gafford

Raymond Gafford, who retired as the club Professional at Fort Worth Ridglea in 1976, played only one match as an amateur. He turned pro at age 20, first served at Ridglea from 1937 to 1950, then took a job at Dallas Northwood in 1951. He returned to Ridglea in 1954 and remained there.

Gafford was a player of national note. He participated in 14 U.S. Opens, five PGAs and two Masters Tournaments. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1950 PGA, only to lose toJimmy Demaret, and won the 18th place money in the 1951 U.S. Open. , both of which qualified him for the Masters Tournament. Gafford was the Oklahoma Open champion in 1946 and won the Southwest Open, a popular Wichita Falls Pro-Am, in 1943 and 1944, plus the Texas PGA in 1949. Gafford, who loved to teach, was proud of his star pupil, Michelle Berteotti, now on the LPGA Tour.

There is a Ray Gafford Classic at Ridglea, which has two courses, one for men and the other for the family. Gafford was president of the Texas Section in 1950 and 1951.


Birthplace: Coleman, Texas

Born: January 22, 1914

Died: February 20, 1990


Trip Kuehne

Ernest W. "Trip" Kuehne III is an American amateur golfer. He is most remembered for his defeat at the hands of Tiger Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur, and his subsequent refusal to turn professional in favor of a successful amateur career.

As a pupil at Highland Park High School in Dallas, he was coached by Hank Haney, who later gained renown as Tiger Woods' swing coach after Woods and Butch Harmon split in 2002. Under Haney's tutelage he won back-to-back Texas high school golf championships, an achievement shared with Justin Leonard, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. 

At college, he enrolled at Arizona State University, where he was the roommate of Phil Mickelson. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he was All-American from 1994 to 1996 and won the 1995 Ben Hogan Award. But following his defeat at the 1994 U.S. Amateur, Kuehne found he was unwilling to make the sacrifices demanded in a professional golfer's life, and concentrated instead on a career in finance after graduating with an MBA in 1997.

Kuehne played in three Walker Cup teams for the United States, in 1995, 2003, and 2007. He also played in four U.S. Opens, where he was the lowest scoring amateur in 2003 at Olympia Fields Country Club. Thirteen years after his Masters Tournament debut as runner-up to Woods, he returned to the Augusta National Golf Club in 2008, this time by beating Dan Whitaker 9&7 at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon to qualify. The fulfillment of his ambition to "take my boy to the Masters", along with his other 2007 successes—he was on the winning Walker Cup team for the first time, and helped Texas retain the USGA state team title, led him to make Augusta the scene of his final competitive tournament before retirement.


Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: June 20, 1972

Died: N/A


Roland Harper

Roland L. Harper a long-ball specialist on the PGA tour from 1951 to 1955, before settling down in Kansas to raise a family. Roland came to Colonial Country Club as the assistant pro around 1960. He then moved into the club professional job around 1961 or ’62, where he stayed for 31 years. Roland then "retired" to teach golf for another six or seven years.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a resident of Granbury (Hood County, Texas) for 28 years.
 


Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

Born: Jan. 14, 1928

Died: March 24, 2001