2018 CATEGORY: AMATEUR PLAYER

MARIAN BARKER

Date of Birth * Saturday, April 24, 1954

Hometown * Lubbock, TX

Bio *

I began playing golf in 1976 when I moved to Lubbock, TX. I worked as a teacher/coach for over 30 years. Competitive golf was limited to the summer. My husband, Larry, and I have played all over the country in mixed events and won 100's of tournaments. We coached girls HS golf together and were very successful. Once retired, I have entered more tournaments and have loved the WTGA and USGA events. I have made thousands of friends and great memories thru my golfing experiences. Below are a list of some of these events. Thank you for considering me as an applicant for this honor, Sincerely, Marian Barker.

*National Club Championship for Women 1st 1997, 1st 1998, 3rd 2000
*Women's West Texas Championship Runner Up 1987, 88 ,89, 90 '91, 2001, '08, '
*Women's West Texas Champion Won the years 1993, '94, '96, '97, 2003, '04, '05, '07, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '17
* Lubbock City Championship Won 1991, '92, '93, 
*Amarillo Ladies Partnership Won: 1993, '94, '96, 2001, 2005, '07, 
*Judy Rankin Invitational champion Won: 2011, '13, '17
*TWGA Senior Medalist State Am 2006, 2016, Mid Am medalist and senior medalist
*Pebble Beach Mixed Championship 1st place 2014
*Central State Women's Championship champion1st place 2009, 2012
*Qualified for USGA Senior Women's Amateur 2004, 2009, 2012
*USGA Senior Women's Amateur qualified and made the match play 2004, 2009, 2016
*WTGA Pinehurst Championship 2017
* National State Team Championship 2017
*Colorado Rocky Mountain Amateur 3rd 1998, 2nd 2003, 2nd 2015, 
*Texas Cup North Team 2011, 2012, 
*Texas Senior Women Stroke Play Championship 2008, 3rd 2012, 2nd 2015, 2nd 2016
*WTGA State Amateur Senior Medalist 2006, 2016
*WTGA State Amateur Mid Amateur Medalist 2016
*National Mixed Championship 2nd 2015

Billy Ray Brown

Date of Birth * Friday, April 5, 1963

Hometown * Houston

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Billy Ray Brown has been a lifelong Texan. He was born in Houston on April 5, 1963. He has had many and varied accomplishments throughout his golf career including:
• As a member of the Dulles High School team; 1979 Texas Regional High School Champions
• 1980 and 1981 Regional and State of Texas Champions
• As a member of the University of Houston golf team: 1982 NCAA Individual Champion and Team Champion; 1983 Fall Southwest Conference Individual Champion; 1983 Third Place Team Finish at NCAA’s; 1984 Fall Southwest Conference Individual Champion and NCAA Team Champion; 1985 NCAA Champions.
• Collegiate Honors: 4 time All Southwest Conference, 4 time NCAA All American; 1982 Bill Ennis Award recognizing city of Houston athlete of the year, Member of the US All-Star Team vs. Japan matches in 1983.

Mike Booker

Date of Birth * Monday, January 24, 1955

Hometown * HOUSTON

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Mid Am/Senior:
• Winner of a record 10 Texas Golf Association events, including State Senior, State Mid Am and State Mid Am Match Play
• A record Three-time Texas Golf Association State Player of the Year (2012, 2014 & 2015-Senior) 
• Southern Texas PGA Amateur of the Year (2014-all ages) 
• Two-time South Texas Player of the Year (STAGA, 2001 & 2002) 
• Texas Golf Association South Texas Player of the Year, all ages (2011)
• First golfer to be named Athlete of the Year, Houston Sports News (2002, all sports)
• Two-time U. S. National Club Champion (2007 & 2008, Senior) 
• 4-Time Greater Houston City Amateur Champion in 3 different decades (’85-’02)
• 2-time Greater Houston City Senior Amateur Champion (2013 & 2015)
• GOLFWEEK “Local Legends” Selection-Only six golfers were selected nationally by the magazine (2014)
• Qualified/Competed in 13 USGA events and 4 R&A events-six times a Medalist (local Qualifiers), “Sweet Sixteen” member, U.S. Senior Am (2014), T-12 British Seniors (2017)
• Only player to hold Texas State Mid Am, South Texas Match Play and Houston City Amateur titles simultaneously (2002-2003)
• Member of the South Texas Shoot Out Team 7 times, three times a player-captain
• Two-time Winner of Charlie Coe, Two-time winner of the Champions Cup and Four-time winner of the Carlton Woods Invitational

College:
• Playing Member, 1977 U. of Houston NCAA National Championship team (1977)
• Named Associated Press NCAA All-American Team, U. of Houston (1977)
• Named All Southwest Conference Team, U. of Houston (1977)
• Playing Member Southwest Conference Championship Team (1976, 1977)
• Winner of multiple College Championships, including Atascocita Invitational

High School:
• Semi-Finalist, California State Junior (beat by Scott Simpson, winner, 1972)
• Named to California Interscholastic Federation’s All Conference Team (1971 & 1972)
• Winner California State 4-Ball (1972)
• Winner of multiple high school and junior events, including the Hammel Memorial (1972)

Brad Elder

Date of Birth * Monday, March 17, 1975

Hometown * Dallas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

1994 Western Junior Champion
5A Texas High School State Champion Individual and Team Plano Senior High School

1995 Texas Sate Amateur Champion

4 Year All-American at The University of Texas at Austin

1995 Honorable Mention
1996 1st Team
1997 1st Team
1998 3rd Team

1996 T5 NCAA Division 1 Mens Championship Individual

1997-1998 USGA National Amateur Championship Semi-Finals
Fred Haskins Award (Most Outstanding Collegiate Golfer in The United States
Jack Nicklaus Award (National Player of the Year, Division 1)
Northeast Amateur Champion
#1 Ranked Amateur in The United States
Walker Cup Winning Team member
Palmer Cup Winning Team Member
2nd Place 1997 NCAA Division 1 mens Championship Individual

Richard Ellis

Date of Birth * Wednesday, September 1, 1948

Hometown * Plano, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

• Texas State Amateur Champion – 1980 (Brookhaven CC) and 1990 (Stonebridge Ranch Dye Course)
• Texas A & M University team member - Southwest Conference Championships 1967 and 1969
• Low Amateur – PGA Tour – Houston Champions International 1970
• Low Scorer Local Qualifying USGA Open Championship 1982, Ft. Worth, TX
• Qualified for USGA Amateur Championships 1993 (Houston Champions) and 1996 (Pumpkin Ridge)
• First Recipient of the David “Spec” Goldman Award - 1990
• Texas Team member multiple Mid-South Cup Matches
• Dallas Morning News Texas Cup Amateur Team Member
• Partnered with Bill Maxwell to win the last Odessa Pro-Am 1969
• Six time Top ‘O Texas Champion (Pampa, Tx.) 1969, 1979-1983
• Winner Champions Cup 1983 and 1984
• Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame – Golf Athlete of the Year 1969 & 1980

Nancy Hager Hale

Date of Birth * Thursday, January 8, 1953

Hometown * Dallas, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

  • 2 time Dallas City Junior Champion
  • 3 time Texas State Junior Champion
  • 1974 Texas State Women's Champion
  • 1st female recipient of athletic scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin
  • All American at University of Texas at Austin
  • Played in 7 consecutive U.S.G.A. Junior Girls' Championships (1964-1970)
  • Set record for medalist honors in 1968 U.S.G.A. Junior Girls' Championship (73-74)
  • Quarter-finalist in 1969 U.S.G.A. Junior Girl's Championship
  • Semifinalist in 1969 U.S.G.A. Women's Amateur Championship
  • Semifinalist in 1977 U.S.G.A. Women's Amateur Championship
  • 1972 Trans Miss Women's Amateur Championship Runner-up
  • 1972 Women's Western Amateur Championship Runner-up
  • 1972 South Atlantic Women's Amateur Golf Championship (Sally) Winner
  • Harder Hall Women's Invitational Winner
  • 1970 U.S.G.A. Curtis Cup Team
  • 1972 U.S.G.A. Curtis Cup Team alternate
  • 1970 World Cup Team alternate

Robert McKinney

Date of Birth * Thursday, November 29, 1945

Hometown * Houston, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

COMPETITIVE PLAYING HIGHLIGHTS OF ROBERT W. MCKINNEY

Personal

Age: 72
Occupation: Architect
Home Club: Champions Golf Club, Houston, TX, Meadowbrook Farms Golf Course, Katy, TX

Junior Golf

1960 West Texas Junior Championship
1964 Texas/Oklahoma Junior Championship, Runner up

Collegiate Golf

1967 – 1968 Southwest Conference Champion

Amateur Golf

1963 Nebraska Open – Kearney Country Club, Kearney, NE
1967 Saltillo Amateur Championship Champion, Saltillo, Coah., Mexico
1968-1969 West Texas Amateur Champion
1970 Lubbock City Amateur Champion
1971 New South Wales Medal Play Champion, New South Wales, Australia
1983,1986,1989 Harvey Penick Invitational – Austin Country Club, Austin, TX
1987 Anderson Cup – Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
1988 Texas 4 Ball Champion
1996 Texas Mid Amateur Champion
1999 Texas Amateur Champion
STPGA Amateur Player of the Year
City of Houston Amateur Champion
1999-2008 City of Houston Senior Amateur Champion
2009 Texas Senior 4 Ball Champion

Club Championships

1967-1968 Hillcrest Country Club, Lubbock, TX
1971 Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
1976-1980 Kingwood Country Club, Houston, TX
1992,1994,1999 Champions Golf Club, Houston, TX
2009,2011,2012 Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, Katy, TX

Miscellaneous

1970 – Present Winner of +30 4 ball competitions in Texas
1970 – Present Winner of +20 individual championships in Texas

Publications

Tips on Golf by Jack Burke, Sr., Biography and teaching of Jack Burke, Sr. Author
Country Club, A Case Study, Author
History of Golf Clubhouses, (Article), Author
Golf Clubhouse Design, Author
Capture Your Market Share, Article on Outpatient/Ambulatory Care, Author
Golf Course, A Case Study, Author

Induction
Texas Tech University Hall of Fame
Southwest Conference Hall of Fame

Co Founder

Medalist Golf Association
An Amateur Golf Association founded regionally to support the working Amateur. 

Team Competitions

Texas Cup
Amateur Team Selection
1967, 1996, 1999, 2002

Mid South Cup Matches
Texas Team Selection

Randy Sonnier

Date of Birth * Tuesday, November 25, 1947

Hometown * Houston, TX

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

PLAYER RESUME - RANDY SONNIER


Walker Cup 1985
World Amateur Team 1984
Runner Up US Mid Amateur 1984
3 Time Medalist US Mid Amateur
4 Time Semi Finalist US Mid Amateur
Semi Finalist and QuarterFinalist US Amateur
2Time Texas Amateur Champion
Former Texas Mis Amateur Champion
Trans Mississippi Champion 1992
Pacific Coast Amateur Champion 1991
Azalea Amateur Champion 1985
Stocker Cup Champion 1993
Crump Cup Champion ( Pine Valley ) 1985
Baltusrol Invitational Champion 1985
Anderson Cup Champion ( Winged Foot ) 1987
2 Time Travis Invitational Champion
2 Time American Amateur Champion 1980, 1981
Low Amateur Memorial Tournament ( Muirfield Village ) 1985

2018 CATEGORY: PROFESSIONAL PLAYER

Chad Campbell

Date of Birth * Friday, May 31, 1974

Hometown * Colleyville, TX

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

• Born in Andrews, TX (May 31, 1974)
• Played collegiate golf at Midland College from 1992-1994 (’93 and ’94 Conference medalist; ’94 Region V Tournament medalist; ’94 NJCAA Tournament medalist runner up; ’94 NJCAA All-American)
• Awarded scholarship and transferred to University of Nevada-Las Vegas after two years at Midland College
• Turned professional in 1996
• Won 13 times on the NGA Hooters Tour from 1996-2000
• 3 wins during 2001 Buy.com Tour season (now the Web.com Tour) – earned Battlefield Promotion directly to the PGA Tour
• 2001 Buy.com Tour Player of the Year and Leading Money Winner
• PGA Tour career that includes 4 wins, 11 runners-up, 52 Top 10s, and over $25 million in career earnings
• 4-Time PGA Tour winner (2003 Tour Championship, 2004 Bay Hill Invitational, 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 2007 Viking Classic)
• 3-Time Team USA Ryder Cup team member
• Earned a spot in the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking during 2004 season
• Western Junior College Athletic
Conference Hall of Fame member
• UNLV Hall of Fame member
• Proud husband to Amy, and father of four (Grayson, Dax, Cannon and Dodge)
• Currently resides in Colleyville, TX

K.J. Choi

Date of Birth * Tuesday, May 19, 1970

Hometown * Wando, South Korea

Bio *

• First Korean to earn a PGA Tour card
• First Korean to win on the PGA Tour
• Since turning pro in 1994, won a total of 22 professional golf tournaments worldwide including 8-times on the PGA Tour
• Notable wins on the PGA Tour includes the Players Championship (2011), Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament (2007), and the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods (2007)
• First Asian-born golfer to break Top 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings
• Spent 40 weeks in the Top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings
• Represented South Korea at the Rio Olympics as the Men’s National Team Head Coach (2016)
• 4-Time Presidents Cup Member of the International Team (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 – Vice Captain)
• Represented South Korea at the World Cup of Golf (1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013)
• Inducted into the Asia-Pacific Golf Hall of Fame (2013)
• Recipient of the Golf Writer Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award, given to a player who contributed to the betterment of society through charitable giving (2011)
• Recipient of the Global Korean Honoree Award (2011)
• Recipient of the BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award (2010)
• Host of the KJ Choi Invitational- an official KPGA event (2011-present)
• Established the K.J. Choi Foundation in 2007 to support underprivileged college students with academic tuition and training cost for junior golfers; The Foundation has touched the lives of more than 500 students since its establishment.

Tom Jenkins

Date of Birth * Sunday, December 14, 1947

Hometown * Houston, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

*Born Houston, TX Dec. 14, 1947
*Daughter Melani, 37. Two sons: TJ, 17 and Weston, 15 and three grand children.
*Graduate of Bellaire High School 1966
*Graduate with BBA from the University of Houston 1971
*Member of the U of H golf team 1966-1971
*Member of the NCAA Championship Team 1970 and Team runner-up 1971
*Winner Houston City Amateur Championship 1968
*Qualified for the PGA Tour 1972-1985
*One PGA Tour win at the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic 1975
*Head golf professional 1987-1989 at Meadowbrook GC, Gainesville, FL
*Helped create The Dave Pelz Short Game School and lead instructor 1981-1990
*Created The Tom Jenkins Short Game School 1992-1997
*Qualified for PGA Tour/Champions Fall of 1997. 
*Gained full exemption status in 1999
*Comeback Player of the Year 1999
*Turned 70 in Dec. and still playing limited number of events on Champions Tour.
*7 Champion Tour Victories:
*1999 Bell Atlantic Classic
*2000 AT&T Canadian Senior Open
*2002 AT&T Canadian Senior Open
*2003 Bruno’s Memorial Classic
*2004 Blue Angels Classic
*2005 Allianz Championship
*2006 SAS Championship
*11th on All Time Champions Tour Money List as of 3-21-18
*Currently single Dad raising two sons and helping boys with their high school golf.

2018 CATEGORY: GOLF PROFESSIONAL / TEACHER

Perry Arthur

Date of Birth * Monday, June 7, 1954

Hometown * Plano, TX

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

1972 Qualifier U.S. Amateur, Charlotte CC, Charlotte
1972-1973 University of Houston, Golf Scholarship
1973-1975 Texas A&M University, Baseball Scholarship
1976-1977 Assistant Golf Professional, Briarcrest CC, Bryan
1978 Member, PGA Tour
1979-1980 Assistant Golf Professional, Briarcrest CC, Bryan
1980 & 1981 Winner, Houston Golf Association District Open, Walden on Lake Conroe
1980 Winner, Southern Texas PGA Gulf Coast Chapter Championship, Columbia Lakes GC
1981 & 1982 Member, PGA Tour
1983-1986 Assistant Golf Professional, Brook Hollow GC, Dallas
1985 Elected to PGA Class A Membership
1986 Qualifier U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills, Long Island
1987 Member, PGA Tour
1987 Winner, Utah State Open, Willowcreek CC, Salt Lake City
1988 Winner, Wilson/PGA Club Professional Championship, Palm Springs
1988-1989 3 time winner on NGA/Hooter's Tour
1990 Member, PGA Tour Ben Hogan Tour
1990 Ben Hogan Tour Policy Board Member
1991 Member PGA Tour
1992 Rules Official on The Senior Series Golf Tour
1993-1994 Assistant Golf Professional, Riverchase GC, Coppell
1994-1996 GM/Director of Golf, Plantation GC, Frisco
1996-2006 Director of Golf, Stonebridge Ranch CC, McKinney
2001-2002 Member, Northern Texas PGA Board of Directors
2001-2002 President, Metro Chapter of the Northern Texas PGA
2005 T14 U.S. Sr. Open, NCR Club, Dayton, OH
2006 Low PGA Club Professional, U.S. Sr. Open, Oak Tree GC, Edmond, OK
2006 T6 Texas State Open, Cascades GC, Tyler
2006 2nd PGA Sr. PNC, PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, FL
2007 PGA Tour Champions Tour
2008 Teaching Pro, Stonebride Ranch CC, McKinney
2009 2nd Texas State Sr. Open, Kingwood CC, Kingwood
2009-2011 Teaching Pro, Sherrill Park GC, Richardson
2010 Winner, Colorado State Sr. Open, Green Valley GC, Denver
2010 T5 Texas State Sr. Open, Kingwood CC, Kingwood
2012 Co-owner The Golf Club of Dallas

1983 - Present NTPGA Major Championship Win Leader with 18 majors
6 time NTPGA Player of the Year

Sherwin Cox

Date of Birth * Friday, October 20, 1950

Hometown * Amarillo, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Sherwin Cox - PGA Life Member

• PGA Member since August 1976 (42 years)
• January 1981 – December 2017: PGA Professional, Ross Rogers Golf Course in Amarillo
• January 1980 – December 1980: PGA Head Professional, Canyon Country Club in Canyon
• August 1976 – January 1980: PGA Assistant Professional, Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo
• December 1971 – August 1976: Assistant Professional, Pampa Country Club in Pampa
• Actively involved in the PGA of America for the past 42 years having attended 24 National Meetings as a delegate or alternate delegate representing the NTPGA
• Worked with Randy Smith and the PGA of America to create the PGA Junior Series, a national golf tour for high level junior golfers

PGA of America Honors, Awards and Committees
• 1996 National Junior Golf Leader
• 1986 National Merchandiser of the Year (Public)
• National Junior Golf Committee
• National Education Committee
• National Awards Committee

Northern Texas PGA, Awards, Offices and Committees
• 1981, 1986, 2004 Merchandiser of the Year Awards (Public) 
• 1988 Golf Professional of the Year
• 1992 Horton Smith Award
• 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Youth Player Development Awards
• 2016 Bill Strausbaugh Award
• 1990 Section Liaison Amarillo Open a Ben Hogan Tour Event
• 1980-94,1996-1999 Section Board of Directors
• 1986-87 President
• 1985 Vice President
• Junior Golf Chairman
• Junior Golf Committee
• Membership Committee
• Education Committee

Other Awards
• 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, & 1999 – 100 Best Golf Shops in America
• 1989 Golf Coach of the Year – Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame
• Best of Amarillo Globe News – Recognized 12 times
• Ross Rogers is a member of the AGN Hall of Fame
• The Dallas Morning News has recognized both courses at Ross Rogers several times including as Best Economic course in Texas. The Mustang Course at Ross Rogers has won Best Economic course in Texas three of the last four years

Gilbert Freeman

Date of Birth * Tuesday, February 22, 1955

Hometown * Garland Texas

Bio *

Gilbert Freeman
Director of Golf Lakewood CC
1994 to present

• 23 years as Director of Golf at Lakewood Country Club
• PGA Class A Member since 1983
• NTPGA Merchandiser of the Year 1990 and 2015
• NTPGA Professional of the Year 2006
• NTPGA service includes 4 years on NTPGA Board as At Large Director and Chapter President. Served on NTPGA Committees including Tournament, Membership and Awards.
• Played on three Joe Black Cup teams
• Along with Darrell Crall and Malcolm Holland, established the Byron Nelson Junior Championship now in its’ 19th year.
• Previous employment includes – 
1988-1993 Head Professional Eldorado Country Club McKinney Texas
1981-1988 Assistant Golf Professional Dallas Athletic Cub
1981 Assistant Professional Tenison Park
1980 Assistant Professional Northwood Club
• Lakewood has thrived during my tenure with numerous golf course and clubhouse renovations and now the strongest Membership roster in its’ history. I am proud to have been a part of this process. 

John J. (Jay) McClure

Date of Birth * Tuesday, March 4, 1924

Hometown * Lubbock, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

John J. (Jay) McClure
1924 – 2009

Professional Positions
• Turned professional May 1945
• Assistant and co-professional positions at these Texas courses (1946-1958):
 San Angelo Country Club
 Harlingen Golf Club
 Plainview Country Club
 Midland Country Club
 Meadowbrook Golf Course, Lubbock
• Head pro, Meadowbrook Golf Course, 1958-1986

PGA Offices and Honors
• Active in PGA of America, 1952-2009
• Co-created the two Texas Sections and PGA business schools
• Held all offices of the West Texas Chapter
• Held all offices of the Northern Texas Section
• Served as Secretary Treasurer of the Texas Section, 1964-65
• Two-term Vice President of PGA of America for District 12, 1971-73; 1980-82
• Member of Rules, Finance and Education Committees of the PGA
• On-the-course Rules Official for 11 PGA Championships
• Chairman of National Golf Day, 1972
• Rules Committee member for 6 PGA Club Professional Championships
• On-the course Rules Official for 3 Ryder Cups
• 2-time recipient of Golf Professional of the Year, West Texas Chapter, 1965; 1968
• Golf Professional of the Year, Northern Texas Section, 1968
• 8-time recipient of the Horton Smith Award, West Texas Chapter
• 3-time recipient of the Horton Smith Award, Northern Texas PGA Section
• Merchandiser of the Year Award-Public, Northern Texas Section, 1978
• Non-playing Captain of winning team, Joe Black Cup Matches, 1983
• Teacher of the Year, West Texas Chapter, 1987
• Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Golf, 1994

Coaching and Teaching
• Men’s Golf Coach, Texas Tech University, 1958-1964
 Southwest Conference Champions, 1959 (TTU’s 1st championship in any sport)
• Women’s Golf Coach, Texas Tech University, 1977 – 1990
 First coach of new program
• Founded summer youth golf program as head pro of Meadowbrook
• Co-founder of West Texas Junior Golf Tour
• Lifelong instructor

Professional Development
• Guided numerous assistants working at Meadowbrook through PGA education system 

Bill Moretti

Date of Birth * Tuesday, July 10, 1956

Hometown * St. Louis, Missouri

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

I am honored and humbled to to be nominated to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame!

Bill Moretti

Teaching professional since 1979:
Lockhaven CC 1979 - 1982 Andy Bean - David Leadbetter Golf Studio 1983 - 1986 Academy of Golf 1986 - to present...also teach at Austin Golf Club 2006 - to present.

I have been a Top 100 Golf Magazine teacher since it inception. Won the STPGA Teacher of the Year and Chapter Teacher of the Year. Have been nominated over 10 times for the STPGA Teacher of the Year honor and have declined to give my fellow professionals the opportunity. 

Trained over 25 teaching professionals. 3 have been named PGA National Teachers of the Year. 6 have won their section Teachers of the Year award. 6 have been named Top 100 Golf Magazine instructors. 

Wrote 7 golf books, 1 published. Wrote 5 teaching manuals. Have over 1000 articles on file, over 50 have been published in Golf publications. 

Taught over 1300 3 day schools. Over 36000 individual lessons.

Work with Westlake, Lake Travis and Vandergrift HS. Between 2004 to 2014 they won 6 state championships. Over 110 HS players I taught received golf scholarships.

Since 2009 I have focused on individual lessons and junior golfers. 50% of the lessons I donate my
time. 

PGA member since 1990. Have done over 600 clinics and presentations to Corporate groups, Country Clubs, Junior Golf, Teachers Clinics and Wounded Warriors. 

Notable: Tour Players I have taught on a regular basis. Fred Funk, JL Lewis, Tom Purtzer, Joe Ogilvie, Harrison Frazar, Greg Kraft, Russ Cochran. Other notables: President Bush and Trump, Jack Nicholson. 

Won 7 College events, 2 mini tour events, Qualified and played in 3 National Publinx and Qualified locally in 3 US Opens.

4 year Marketing Degree - Florida International University

Dale Morgan

Date of Birth * Sunday, August 18, 1957

Hometown * Austin, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

•In my 30 years of involvement as a PGA instructor and member, I have been able to instruct all levels of players from beginners to Touring Professionals. My ability as an instructor, began when meeting and being mentored by Barbara Puett. 
•Over 30 years experience as a PGA Professional. Career employment covers Municipalities, Resorts, Corporate daily fee, and Private Equity Golf club.
•Currently Hosting the WGC Dell Technologies golf Tournament at Austin Country Club.
•Hosted the 2010 Texas State Mid-AM and the 2011 Texas State Amateur. 
•Currently serving my 23rd year as PGA Head Professional at Austin Country Club.
•Students that I have been fortunate enough to work with. Tom Kite, Michael Cooper, Bryan Noonan, Matthew Perrine, Matt Brost, Nick Costello, Kim Meck Noonan, Jonathon Bucahan.
•President of the Southern Texas Section of the Professional Golfers Association 2004 and 2006.
•Vice President of the Southern Texas Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America 2003 to 2004
• Secretary of the Southern Texas Section of the PGA 2001 and 2002•Southern Texas PGA Board of Directors 1993 to present
•Master Staff Professional with Callaway Golf 2007 to 2009.
Titleist Leadership advisory council 2010 to present. 
• Member PGA National Employment Committee 2008 to 2012
• PGA Golf Professional of the Year 2004 and 2007 for Southern Texas Section
• Bill Strausbaugh award winner for (Distinguished service in the field of club relations) 2001,02,03,04,11,14
•Appointed by the national President of the PGA of America to serve as one of four members of the PGA of America Board of Control 2012 to 2016
• Horton Smith award winner for Distinguished Service in the Field of Education, 1998,2016
•Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities in 1994• Merchandiser of the Year Private Clubs 2016
•Serve on the National PGA Membership Committee 2017-present
Thank You

Jerry Smith

Date of Birth * Sunday, March 3, 1946

Hometown * Bullard, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

1966 - Individual Champion NJCAA Championship
1968 - Member, Texas Cowboys Service Organization
1966 - Student Body President, Odessa Junior College
1970 - Golf Instructor Westchester CC, Harrison, NY
1972 - Present, PGA Member
1973 – President, Metropolitan Chapter Assistants Association
1974 - Assistant of the Year, Metropolitan Chapter
1976 - 1997 Head Professional, Lakeside CC, Houston
1978 - Coordinator, STPGA Annual Meeting
1978 - 1980 Treasurer, Secretary and President, Gulf Coast Chapter PGA
1979 – 1987 National PGA Meeting Attendee
1980 - Chairman, STPGA Employment Committee
1982 - Coordinator, STPGA Annual Meeting
1982 - National PGA Public Relations Committee
1982 - Runner-up Gulf Coast STPGA Championship
1982 - 1986 Treasurer, Secretary, President STPGA
1983 - Course Record Holder (66), Riverhill CC
1983 - Instructor, Business School 1
1983 - STPGA Merchandiser of the Year
1984 - Course Record Holder (66), Lakeside CC
1984/1987 - National PGA Boundaries and Long-Range Planning Committee
1985 - National PGA Merchandising Seminar Instructor
1985 - 1987 – National PGA Education Committee Member
1986 - Horton Smith Award Winner, STPGA
1986 - 1988 – Member Joe Black Cup Team
1986 - Professional of the Year, STPGA
1986 - Responsible for Creation of PGA of America “National Teacher of the Year Award”
1987 - Tied 2nd St. Andrews Heritage Pro-Am
1988 - Merchandiser of the Year, STPGA
1991 - Bill Strausbaugh Award Winner
1991 - Chairman, STPGA Employment Committee
1997 - Member, Board of Directors STPGA
1997 - 2010 Head Professional, Brook Hollow GC, Dallas
1999 - 2010 Member, TGA Board
2010 - Present – TCG Advisor, Assist Golf Professionals with Financial/Retirement Plans
2010 - 2017 – Member, TGHOF Board
2013 - NTPGA Distinguished Service Award
2016 - 2018 – Chairman, TGHOF Board
2017 - Present – TCG Advisor, Assist NTPGA Foundation

2018 CATEGORY: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

John Fields

Date of Birth * Saturday, January 10, 1959

Hometown * Las Cruces, New Mexico

Bio *

31 years, NCAA Division 1 Head Men's Golf Coach. 1987-97 University of New Mexico, 1997-Present the University of Texas. 4 Year Letterman, UNM 1977-81, PGA European Tour Member 1983, Member PGA of America 1987-Present. Mountain West COY 4 times, Big 12 COY 7 times, NCAA Division 2 Nat'l COY 2012 & 2016. 1 National Championship, Riviera CC 2012. 4 Mt West Conference Championships, 8 Big 12 Championships, 65 Division 1 Regular Season Wins. PGA Tour Players, Tim Herron, Brian Kortan, Kent Jones, Doug LaBelle, DJ Brigman, Sean Murphy, Jordan Spieth, Cody Gribble, Dylan Frittelli, Jhonattan Vegas, Beau Hossler, David Gossett, Brandon Stone, Brad Elder. Multiple Walker Cup and Palmer Cup Team Members, 1 US Am Champ, 2 Masters Low Amateur's, 1 US Open Low Am, 3 Major Championships, 20 PGA Tour Victories. Victorious 2017 Palmer Cup Coach. Elected GCAA HOA 2013. GCAA President 2007-08. Married to Pearl Fields, 38 years and counting.

Personally responsible for raising over $35 Million Dollars benefiting various Charities, the build of the UT Golf Club, direct funding for Scholarships and Golf Program Operating Expenses. Additionally built the UT Golf Academy, the Spieth Lower 40 & the UNM Team Practice Facility at the UNM Championship Golf Course. 

Currently the Men's Head Golf Coach at the University of Texas in Austin. Utilizing all experiences to create a dynamic Men's Golf Program that is consistently competing at the Highest Level. Recruiting Student Athletes from all over the world with an emphasis in Texas. Blessed with multiple PGA Tour Winners that include Championships like Colonial, Bay Hill, the Canadian Open, the US Open, the Masters and the British Open. The Ryder Cup and the President's Cup have recently enjoyed Longhorn Competitors. The 2016 Olympics included 2 Longhorns. Very Proud of the continual build of the UT Men's Golf Program.

Bert “Rusty” Herridge II

Date of Birth * Tuesday, June 13, 1950

Hometown * Eastland, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

• Graduated: Eastland High School 1968
• Graduated: Texas A&M University 1972 B.S. in Health and Physical Education Minor in Biology
• Teaching/Coaching/Administrative Career in Texas Public Schools: 1976-2015
• Schools: Ganado H.S. 1976-1982, Leonard H.S. 1982-1983, Montgomery H.S. 1983-2015
• Golf Coaching Accomplishments: National Coach of the Year for Texas 2003, Texas H.S. Coaches Association Achievement Award for Golf, Texas H.S. Girls Coaches Achievement Award for Golf. Coach of the Year Award for Golf presented by Texas High School Golf Coaches Association. 
• Ganado H.S. (‘76-‘82) 13 combined teams participated at the UIL State Tournament. Girls State Champion 1979. Runner-up finishes by girls in 1978 and 1980 Seasons.
• Leonard H.S. (‘82-’83) No golf program. Head Football Coach and Athletic Director.
• Montgomery H.S. (’83-’89) coached football, basketball, track and assisted with golf. 
• Montgomery H.S. (’90-2015) Head Boys and Girls Golf Coach. Implemented the girls program in 1990.
• 43 (19 boys and 24 girls) combined district championships
• 36 regional championship (14 boys and 22 girls)
• 11 UIL Girls State Championships (2001-2012). UIL record 7 in a row State Championships for Girls Golf class 4A from 2001-2007)
• I UIL Boys State Championship (1996)
• 2 Individual UIL State Champions-Girls Golf: Lisa McCloskey (’07-’08) and Hailee Cooper (2015)
• During 30 year head golf coaching career a total of 61 teams (boys and girls combined) participated at the UIL State Golf Championships. 
• Coached PGA Tour Winner Derek Lamely(2010 Puerto Rico Open) and LPGA Tour Player Lisa McCloskey
• 46 scholarship players (D-1, D-2, D-3, NAIA, NJCAA) coached during 30 year golf coaching career.
• 2015-present, instructor at Herridge Golf Academy, Competitors Program, Conroe Country Club
• 2018 P.G.A. Junior League Assistant Coach, Conroe Country Club (Head Coach Ron Herridge)

Quinton Johnson

Date of Birth * Saturday, November 1, 1930

Hometown * Hutto, TX

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Born: November 1, 1930 to Knute and Evelyn Johnson, Hutton, Texas

Personal: Married June 6, 1952 to Martha Haschke; Roland and Karla, children

Education: Texas Lutheran College, General Studies, 1947 - 1949
Texas A & M College, 1949 - 1952, Major - Agronomy/Turf Grass

Employment: Goldthwaite's, Ft. Worth, Texas - summer, 1950

Goldthwaite's, Houston, Texas - summer, 1951; spring/summer, 1952

United States Army - Staff Sargent, 1952 - 1954 - Photo Interpreter

Goldthwaite's, Ft. Worth, 1954 - 1962 - Irrigation design/sales

City of Ft. Worth, 1962 - 1964 - Golf Course Superintendent - Meadowbrook Golf
Course - Course reconstruction and maintenance

Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, Texas, 1964 – 1984 - Head Golf
Course Superintendent - Maintained 54 hole golf course and provided
consulting expertise for Club Corporation of America

Club Corporation of America (ClubCorp), 1984 - 1995 - Corporate Purchasing
Department - Developed golf course equipment purchasing programs

ClubCorp - 1995 – 2005 - Part-time; Provided expertise regarding golf course
equipment purchasing and golf course construction

Professional: North Texas GCSAA – 1958 - Present; held several offices

Texas Turfgrass Association – 1952 – Present; President, 1972; A.W. Crain Award
recipient – 1988

National GCSAA – 1964 – Present; Served on several committees; regular national
conference speaker

Volunteer: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 1995 - Present- Volunteer; provides
landscaping for the grounds; built a therapy putting green and tee on the
hospital grounds

Bill Macatee

Date of Birth * Thursday, November 17, 1955

Hometown * El Paso, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

For more than 30 years, Texan Bill Macatee has been a national presence in the game as one of golf's top television broadcasters. His career has included 28 Masters Tournaments, 20 PGA Championships, every Ryder Cup from 1991 to 2006 and 25 years as a lead announcer of PGA Tour events, such as the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Valero Texas Open, on CBS. For 18 years, Bill opened the Masters every April from Butler Cabin on Thursday & Friday. For 20 years, he has covered the 14th hole at the Masters, as well as provided insightful interviews for CBS with players such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as they battled for the Green Jacket. For 18 years, among his roles for CBS at the PGA Championship, Bill has had the honor of interviewing and presenting the Wanamaker Trophy, to the winner.

Through his television company, Bill has created, hosted and produced a dozen Golf-themed documentaries airing on CBS. These programs include, "Legends of Magnolia Lane", "When They Were Young" and "The Masters: Phil!", all produced in Texas, using local production talent. Recently, Bill was included in "50 Lives Transformed" celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the AT&T Byron Nelson and the Salesmanship Club. Bill joins a list that includes Pres. George W. Bush, Jack Nicklaus, Jordan Spieth and Ben Crenshaw. 

A life-long golfer, Bill is active in the game as a member of several clubs in Texas. Bill has been inducted into the El Paso Sports Hall of Fame and sponsors the Sonya and William Macatee Scholarships for the Boys & Girls Club of Dallas.

Bill grew up in El Paso, Texas in a golfing family. He attended Texas State University before graduating from Lamar University in Beaumont, where he now serves as a Trustee.

James McAfee

Date of Birth * Thursday, April 3, 1941

Hometown * Munday, TX

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

  • Caddy at Hillcrest C.C., Vernon 1954-1959
  • Graduated Vernon HIgh School 1959
  • Attended Odessa Junior College, Midwestern University 1959-1962
  • Member of junior college national champion team at Odessa 1962 
  • Sports writer, Wichita Falls Record-News 1959-1961
  • Sports writer, The Odessa American 1961-1963
  • Sports writer, editor Abilene Reporter-News 1963-1970
  • News editor, Abilene Reporter-News, 1970-1971
  • Sports writer, Tulsa Tribune, 1971-1973
  • Editor with Golf Shop Operations, Golf Digest, 1973-1978
  • Executive director Northern Texas PGA, 1978-1994
  • Editor North Texas Golfer, 1994-1996
  • Publisher, DFW Golfer, 1997-1998
  • Golf, marketing director Costa Rica Melia Playa Conchal resort, 1998-2001
  • Helped organize Costa Rica PGA, 1999
  • Executive Director Dallas District, 2001-2005
  • Sports editor, Wylie News, 2001-2003
  • Sports editor, Quanah News 2004-2006
  • Sports Editor Copperas Cove 2006-2008
  • Starter, marshal, Horseshoe Bay 2008-2010
  • Tournament director USA (World Golfers Championship) 2010-2012
  • Marshal, Waterview G.C. 2012-2014
  • Editor, Knox County News-Courier, 2014-2018
  • PR consultant for golf companies 15 years
  • Course rater Golf Digest 40 years
  • Course rater Dallas Morning News 25 years
  • Recipient Byron Nelson Award 1992
  • One of the founders of Texas Golf Writers
  • Member of Golf Writers of America 45 years
  • Golf Writers of America champion, 1975 and 1999
  • Freelance travel writer 30 years
  • On the Tee with McAfee column 50+ years

Inez Muhleman

Date of Birth * Sunday, March 6, 1921

Hometown * Donalsonville, Georgia

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Achievements:
• Honored by USGA with the 2011 Joe Dey Award, the highest award given to a volunteer for outstanding contributions to the USGA and the game of golf.
• Recognized by USGA with the prestigious Isaac B. Grainger Award after 25 years of dedicated service as a volunteer in 2015.
• Honored as ‘Outstanding Senior Golfer’ for 2004 Father’s Day Classic by the Methodist Retirement Communities. 
• Honored by South Texas Professional Golf Association as “The STPGA Amateur of the Year” for excellence, leadership and overall performance as an amateur golfer in 2003.
• Served as a Rules Official for Texas A&M “Mo” Memorial Tournament and honored with an Award 2001
• Won both club championship and senior women’s club championship at Riverbend CC, Sugar Land.


Service:
• 1980 – 2010, Member of USGA Girls’ Junior Championship Committee. Served at more than 30 consecutive national championships as a Rules Official
• 1987 – 2018, Through financial support from WTGA, TSWGA, Houston Golf
Association, Woman's Golf Charities, and several member clubs of WTGA, have assisted Texas Junior Girls with travel expenses and caddie fees at U. S. Championships. 
• 1985 – 2010, As the Official in Charge, conducted Sectional Qualifiers for numerous USGA Championships. 
• 1981 – 2007, Attended and successfully completed 13 PGA – USGA Rules Workshops, plus two advanced workshops. 
• 1999, Assisted with the West Regional NCAA Finals (Chairman of Rules, course set-up, etc.) 
• Attended several Course and Slope Rating courses conducted by qualified USGA
instructors. Rated over 60 golf courses as a team member or as a team leader while member of the WTGA Course Rating Committee
• 1972 – 1973 President, Riverbend WGA
• 1978 – 1984 Director, WTGA
• 1982 – 1983 President, WTGA
• 1980 - 2016 USGA Girls’ Junior Championship Committee

Delnor Poss

Date of Birth *Sunday, June 10, 1934

Hometown * Midland, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

During my 40 ½ years at Midland College I have had in excess of 400 players in our program with many becoming P.G.A club professionals/administrators. Over 50 becoming playing professionals at various tour levels. As golf instructor taught over 500 students in college classes.
College Golf Coach Accomplishments:
• NJCAA National Coach of the year – 1992, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2016.
• National Team Golf Champions - 1992, 1995, 2006, 2008.
• Second places – 1991, 1994, 2000, 2007.
• Third places- 1990, 1993, 1996, 2004, 2009, 2016.
• Fourth places – 1997, 1999, 2003, 2011.
• Top Six finishes – 22 and 30 consecutive years in the event.
• Texas State Jr. College Champions – 8 times.
• Texas State Jr. College Medalist Champions – 7 times.
• 18 NJCAA First Team All-Americans.
• 23 Second Team All-Americans.
• 12 Third Team/Honorable Mention All-Americans.
• 2 National Medalist Champions and 6 Runners-up.
• Texas State Amateur Participants – Over 15.
Tournament Director/Hosted the following events:
• National Jr. College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Women’s Championships – 3 - 97 players.
• NJCAA National Men’s Championships – 7 - 481 players.
• Region V Championships – 7 - 440 players.
• Western Junior College Athletic Conference Championships – 12 - 540 players.
• Texas Junior College State Championships – 8 - 409 players.
• College Team Invitationals – 53 - over 2,400 players’ total.

Selected to Co-Coach Team U.S.A. in the World University Games 1996. Won the World Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland. M.C. had 3 players selected to participate, Chad Campbell (1994), Derrick Pursley (1996) and Ernie Rose (2000).

Professionally had multiple ex-players in every major event (names furnished on request):

• The Masters – 2.
• U.S. Open – 4.
• British Open – 6.
• U.S.P.G.A Championship - 6.
Previous Golf Hall of Fame selections: 
• NJCAA (1994).
• Western Jr. College Athletic Association (2006).
• Golf Coaches Association of America – (2009).

Barbara Puett

Date of Birth * Friday, April 16, 1937

Hometown * Austin, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

• Degree in education from the University of Texas

• Taught and mentored by Harvey Penick

• Taught at Lamar Junior High for 6 years; started and coached the boys golf team with 20 players each year, including Tom Kite

• Winner: Texas State Women’s Golf Championship, 6 time Austin City Women’s Golf Championship; and Austin Country Club Club Championship

• Taught Empowered Women’s golf schools in Dallas, TX for 13 years, resulting in over 1000 women being introduced to the game through these schools

• Taught at River Place Country Club with PGA Professional Dale Morgan

• Voted #1 Golf Instructor in Austin by the Austin American Statesman in 1989

• Speaker at National Golf Foundation’s Strategies for Effective Teaching and Coaching in both Indian Lakes Resort, Chicago, IL and Williamsburg Woodlands, Williamsburg, Virginia in cooperation with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division

• Co-author of Golf Etiquette published in 1992 and revised in 2002. Endorsed by Harvey Penick, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw; 5 stars on Amazon

• Co-author of A Woman’s Own Golf Book

• Columnist for Golf for Women magazine and have written other articles

• Honored with Courtesy Award by First Tee of Austin 2018

• Currently teach University of Texas Informal Series golf classes and have for 20 years; 12 people per class and approximately 250 students per year; not limited to UT students, open to the public, many professionals

• Currently teaching clinics and private lessons at Barton Creek Golf Academy

Mike Ray

Date of Birth * Wednesday, November 4, 1959

Hometown * Borger, Texas (Current Residence-Jupiter, FL)

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

• Executive Director Southern Texas PGA 1987-2017
• Assistant Executive Director HGA – Promoters of Houston’s Tour Event 1987-92
• Head Professional The Woodlands CC 1986-87
• BS, Mathematics and Scholarship Athlete, University of Oklahoma
• Texas HS 4A State Individual Champion 1978
• Established the STPGA as an independent business operation, directing transition of management from the HGA
• Grew STPGA budget from $100,000 and assets of $50,000 to over $4MM in revenues and over $1MM in assets
• Built STPGA Junior Golf Programs into one of the most robust in the country with over 3,400 members, over 400 tournaments and more than 22,000 rounds played annually
• Acquired tax exempt 501(c)(3) status with the creation of the STPGA Foundation, annually securing over $400,000 in fundraising
• Created STPGA Scholarships and awarded close to $1,000,000 to students
• Worked with Texas golf associations in reconstituting the Texas Golf Hall of Fame after 14 years of dormancy
• Served as Golf Consultant during the filming and production of the golf-themed motion picture, Seven Days in Utopia; leveraged relationship to host prescreening events raising funds for the STPGA Foundation
• Supported staff members in advancing professional golf careers numerous former team members serving as PGA Section Executive Directors, Private Club GM, and more
• Negotiated Homesite agreement with Cypresswood GC providing STPGA office space and saving more than $500,000 over 11 years.
• Secured purchase of 6,000 square foot office building for the headquarters of the STPGA including renovation to maximize the functionality and aesthetics of the office.
• Collaborated with NTPGA and TGA to launch Texas Junior Golf Alliance and Legends Junior Tour
• Past Board/Committee Member – Texas Junior Golf Alliance-Texas Legends Junior Tour; Texas Golf Hall of Fame; Spirit Golf Association; Houston Super Bowl Hospitality Sub-Committee; Texas Alliance of Recreational Associations; PGA Section ED Committee(Chair); PGA Technology Committee; PGA Communications Committee; PGA Tour Sponsors Speaker

Art Stricklin

Date of Birth * Wednesday, January 25, 1961

Hometown * Dallas, Texas

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Bio *

Art Stricklin, the longtime president of Texas Golf Writers Association has done more than any living Lone Star Writer over the last three decades to chronicle the growth and steady successful progression of Texas golf, spotlighting Texas golf players and legends from Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino & Ben Crenshaw to Justin Leonard, Jordan Spieth and current US Junior champion Noah Godwin. Highlights of Art's career include.

*Longtime President and Leader of the Texas Golf Writers Association. A multi-award winner for best Texas golf story and partnered the TGWA with the Texas Golf HOF to vote on new inductees to the reconsititued Hall of Fame in San Antonio.

* Wrote the definitive history of golf in Texas, 'Links, Lore: The Story of Texas Golf,' with the first decade by decade history of golf in our great state. Acquired golf legends Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino to write both the forward and preface for the book. The first-ever Texas book to use both men together.

* Was the founding Director of Publicity for the relaunched Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2010, working with new leaders, Reid Meyers, Joe Black, Buddy Cook to insure maximum publiciity for the new effort. Was personally responsible for media stores in Links Magazine, American Way and Sports Illustrated along with statewide publications on TGHOF after years of sitting dormant.

* Only writer to cover every professional tournament in the state on an annual basis, Byron Nelson, Colonial, Houston, Texas Open, WGC Austin, along with LPGA in Dallas, Champs Tour in Houston. Covered US Amateur in Houston and US Mid-AM and Junior in Dallas and Houston, respectively. Has covered more than 200 Texas pro and amateur events in 30 years.

* Two-time winner of Northern Texas PGA Media award for best overall, amateur and professional, coverage.

Robert Von Hagge

Date of Birth * Saturday, January 1, 1927

Hometown * Houston Texas

Bio *

Robert von Hagge (1927-2010, born Robert Bernhardt Hagg]) was a golf course architect credited with the design of more than 250 courses (many with Texas Golf HoF inductee Bruce Devlin) in over 20 countries.

After working for a time as a commercial artist, Robert entered Purdue University Agriculture School, while serving in the Navy's V-12 O.C.S. program. He subsidized his education cost by freelancing as a commercial artist to outdoor magazines, and appeared in television commercials as the Marlboro Man. In 1955, Dick Wilson, one of America’s foremost golf course architects, employed Robert as an apprentice golf course designer. By 1962, Robert had been involved in all or part of the design of 40 golf courses in the U.S. and the Caribbean and four foreign countries. In 1963 he resigned his affiliation with the Dick Wilson Company in order to start his own firm, changing his surname to "Von Hagge".

With movie star looks and a distinctive flair for design von Hagge designed (or participated in the design) of many award-winning golf courses, including: Doral "Blue Monster" (Miami), Boca Rio (Boca Raton), TPC Prestancia, The Woodlands TPC (Texas), Walden on Lake Conroe (Texas), The Cliffs (Texas), Buenos Aires Golf Club (Argentina), La Costa (California) Bosque Real (Mexico City), Les Bordes (France) (created by von Hagge on the hunting estate of the owners of the Bic Pen company),[5] Le Golf National (Paris) 2018 Ryder Cup venue, Kawaguchi-ko CC (Japan).

Died in The Woodlands, Texas - October 2010... https://www.chron.com/sports/golf/article/Robert-von-Hagge-s-golf-courses-a-lasting-legacy-1717478.php 

2018 CATEGORY:

REGISTRY OF HISTORIC COURSES

Austin Country Club

Name of Director or Manager *Nick Smith

Year Built * 1899

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Golf Course Information *


Local, state, and national events held in the past at Austin Country Club:
• Five Texas State Amateurs: 1910,1928,1953,1961,1975, 2011
• 2010 Texas State Mid-Am Tournament
• Seven Morris Williams (University Of Texas) Intercollegiates 2001-2008
• Seventy-Nine Harvey Penick Invitationals dating back to 1935
• Numerous Southern Texas PGA Section events
• AJGA Tom Kite Junior Tournament
• Numerous Hannon Society Cup Matches and Hannon Junior Tournaments
• Four PGA TOUR World Golf Championships 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Awards such as top 100 courses in America or the State of Texas: 
• 4th Best Remodel by Golf Digest 2009
• Top 100 Golf Courses across Texas repeat nominee, most recently named by:
-The Dallas Morning News (in 2017 #13, in 2016 #19)
-Golf Digest (2017-18 #12)

PGA or LPGA Tour players that list Austin Country Club as their home course while playing on their respective tours:
• Tom Kite, Bob Estes (PGA TOUR Players)

Famous amateur golfers that are members of the course:
• Michael Cooper, Brian Noonan, Anna Morales, Wehman Hopke 

El Paso Country Club

Name of Director or Manager * Andy Khatami

Year Built * 1906

Golf Course Information *

El Paso Country Club has made a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of golf in west Texas and the Southwest region. 

• Founded in El Paso, Texas in 1906.

• El Paso Country Club is mentioned in Texas Golf Hall of Fame’s “History of Texas Golf – When the Ryder Came to (West) Texas” written by Frances G. Trimble in 2009. 

• Hosted six national El Paso Open tournaments from 1927-1929, 1952-1953, and 1959. Past winners are: Tommy Armour, “Wild” Bill Mehlhorn, Dr. Cary Middlecoff, and Chandler Harper.

• An original member of the Southwestern Golf Association (SWGA) which began in 1915. 

• Home of the Western Refining College All America Golf Classic for 43 years and counting. It is one of the oldest college golf tournaments in the nation and it's the only college tournament where collegiate golfers compete on an individual basis. Noted past winners and participants include Jerry Pate, Davis Love, David Duval, Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson, Jeffery Pate, Matt Kuchar, Notah Bagay, Ricky Barnes, Mark Brooks, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Jim Furyk, Todd Hamilton, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, Payne Stewart, Curtis Strange and David Toms

• Has hosted the Sun Country PGA Junior Tournament every year since 1970

• Has hosted the Sun Country PGA Pro-President Tournament continuously since 1965

• First to host an NCAA Regional Tournament which was won by the University of Arizona in 1989 with Jim Furyck and Robert Gamez on the team. Robert Gamez went on to win individually.

• PGA Tour members Lee Trevino, Rich Beem, J.P. Hayes, Paul Stankowksi and Tim Norris have represented El Paso Country Club on the PGA Tour

• USGA Past President, Walter Driver, began his golf career at El Paso Country Club.

Lakewood Country Club

Name of Director or Manager * Gilbert Freeman

Year Built * 1912

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Golf Course Information *

Hosted Events
-2000 to 2017 Host site of Byron Nelson Junior Championship
- 2017 USGA Sectional Qualifying US Open
Texas Amateur Championship
- 2016 NTPGA Championship
- 2015 USGA Sectional Qualifying US Women's Open
- 2013 USGA Sectional US Open Qualifying
- 2009 NTPGA Championship
- 2008 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship
- 2001 AJGA Boy's Championship
- 2000 Texas Amateur Championship
- 1997 Texas Mid-Amateur Championship
- 1954 Texas Women's Amateur Championship
- 1945 Texas Amateur Championship
- 1944 Texas Victory Open (First Dallas PGA Tour event, won by Byron Nelson) 
Awards
- Consistently ranked in Top 50 Texas Golf Courses in Dallas Morning News Ranking #36 2016
Noteworthy Lakewood Members
- Professional - Jordan Spieth, Cody Gribble, Anthony Kim, Kelly Kraft, Chris Meyers, Edward Loar, Jordan Russell, Charlie Holland, Bobby Hudson, Brad Elder, Tommy Armour III
- Amateur - Josh Irving 2016 Texas Mid-Amateur Champion, Andy McCabe, Malcolm Holland former TGA President and USGA Executive Committee Member
Lakewood Golf Course Architects
- 1912 Tom Bendelow
- 1947 Ralph Plummer
- 1993 to present Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw
Course Record
62 Jordan Spieth 2009

Oak Hills Country Club

Name of Director or Manager *Kris Glaubitz

Year Built * 1921

Year Opened (If different than year built) * 1922

Recommendation Letter * Link Here

Golf Course Information *

PGA Tour Texas Open:
- 1961-1986
- 1988-1994

Inaugural Tour Championship: 
- 1987

Champions Tour: 
- 2002-2010

USGA Junior Championship: 
- 2001

Texas Amateur Championship: 
- 1950, 1959, 1972, 2016

Texas Mid-Am Matchplay: 
- 2013

Texas Senior Amateur Championship: 
- 1998, 2015

US Amateur Qualifier: 
- 2013, 2018

US Junior Qualifier: 
- 2014

UTSA Oak Hills Invitational Collegiate Tournament: 
- 2000-2015

2017 Dallas Morning News Top 23 of 100 Courses

Top Amateur Players: 
- Colby Harwell - 2017 Texas Player of the Year, 2017 Texas Mid-Amateur Champion, 2017 Texas Mid-Am Match Play Champion, 2016 Carlton Woods Invitational Champion, 2014 USGA State Team Champion, 2013 Crane Cup Champion
- Mitchell Meissner - 2018 Conference USA Golf Champion, 2018 First Team All-Conference USA, 2018 Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate Champion, Rice University Letterman 2014-2018
- Mac Meissner - 2017 SA Express Player of the Year, 2017 Texas UIL 5A Individual State Co-Champion, 2016 Texas UIL 5A Individual State Runner Up, 2016 Texas Legends Junior Tour Champion, Southern Methodist University Letterman 2017-Present
- Danny Simmerman - 1993 Florida State Junior, 1993 US Junior Amateur contestant, 1996 US Publinks contestant, 2008 US Amateur contestant, 2010 US Mid Amateur, 1995 and 1996 All-American at the University of North Florida, 1995-1997 Sunshine State All-Conference Golf, 2017 Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship (3rd), 2016 South Texas Amateur Champion, 

River Oaks Country Club

Name of Director or Manager * C.J. (Joe) Bendy Jr

Year Built * 1923 Houston, Texas

Golf Course Information *

• The original golf course was designed by Donald Ross and was a par 71 over 6,375 yards. The course was regarded as one of the best in the country and in 1926 the Texas Golf Association hosted its amateur championship at River Oaks, thus beginning a long history of tournament golf at River Oaks. 
• 1926, 1930, 1937, 1948, 1955, 1973 Texas State Amateur
• 1935 Texas Women’s Tournament – Babe Zaharias
• 1940 Western Open - Jimmy Demaret
• 1941 Women’s Trans- Mississippi - Miss Betty Jameson
• 1946 Tournament of Champions - Byron Nelson
• 2001, 2006 U.S. Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifier
• 2001, 2003, 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier
• 2002 U.S. Senior Open Qualifier
• 2005 U.S. Girl’s Junior Qualifier
• 2012 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
• 2017 U.S. Open Local Qualifier
• River Oaks’ first Head Golf Professional, Jack Burke, drew the greatest names in golf to River Oaks. Mr. Burke spent 20 years in that position and his influence was immense. His son, Jackie, Jimmy Demaret, and Claude Harmon all spent time at River Oaks and would all go on to be Masters Champions and have tremendous influence on the game. Claude’s son, Dick Harmon, would become Head Golf Professional at River Oaks in 1977 and hold that post for nearly 25 years. 
• In 2014 River Oaks hired renowned golf architect, Tom Fazio, to undertake a complete renovation of the overall golf facility. Every hole on the golf course was reconstructed with new contouring to highlight the natural elevation changes that River Oaks enjoys as a result of being along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. 

Riverside Golf Course

Name of Director or Manager *Michael Travis

Year Built * 1947-1949

Year Opened (If different than year built) * 1950

Golf Course Information *

-In 1946, Austin CC hires Perry Maxwell to design what is now Riverside GC. Perry was assisted by his son J. Press Maxwell. 
-In 1950, Austin CC opens for play at it's new East Austin Location, where it resided until 1984.
-In that time, many of the games great PGA, LPGA, and amatuer players honed their skills on these grounds under the watchful eye of Mr. Harvey Penick. A few to mention:
Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret, Don January, Betsy Rawls, Judy Rankin, Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Palmer, Barbera Puett, Lt. Morris Williams Jr., Titanic Thompson, & George Low
-Sandra Haynie triumphed over Mickey Wright in the 1962 Austin Civitan Open.
-Mr. Penick's home still stands proudly behind what is now the #5 tee
-Riverside GC & Randolph Oaks GC in San Antonio are the only two original Perry Maxwell designs remaining in Texas.
-Riverside GC has seen a resurgence in conditioning and play since Austin Community College took over management in late 2015.