I am extremely honored to serve as Chairman of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, the greatest state Hall of Fame in the United States.
We have so many members of our Hall that have been instrumental in making a dramatic impact on the game of golf around the world. These members include PGA Golf Professionals, Amateur Players, Professional Touring Players and individuals who have spent a lifetime contributing to the game we all love.
One of the most rewarding tasks as the Chairman is making the initial call to the newly elected individuals informing them they are now members of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. The reactions are fantastic and the heartfelt joy and honor of being elected is truly incredible.
As we go forward, the Hall will continue to improve communications with our members with the newsletter and a more informative and user-friendly website.
Additionally, the Hall’s BOD approved the Long-Range Planning Committee’s recommendation to enhance the visitor experience by expanding the museum and having exhibitions of members trophy’s, pictures and other memorabilia.
Beginning in 2020 the golf tournament, induction ceremonies and dinner will rotate to other metropolitan areas around the state. This move will give the Texas Golf Hall of Fame more exposure and enable more Hall members to participate.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the members of the Board of Directors and our new Managing Director, Andrew Peterson, for all their hard work and contributions to continually improve the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
See you in October for the 2019 Induction ceremonies.
Texas Golf Hall of Fame
Professional Player: Jimmy Walker, Boerne, TX
Jimmy Walker turned professional in 2001 at the age of 22. Today, he enters the Hall of Fame as a six-time PGA Tour and three-time Nationwide Tour Winner. Major wins include the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club located in Springfield, New Jersey. Mr. Walker was also a Ryder Cup Team Member in 2014 and 2016, and a member of the 2015 President’s Cup Team. He also has three Korn Ferry (formerly Web.com Tour) victories and one international win.
Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Walker learned first learned the game of golf from his father, who was a scratch player. He attended Baylor University in Waco where he was an All American Selection. And he currently resides in Boerne, Texas. Off the golf course, Mr. Walker enjoys fishing and car racing. He’s also an avid astrophotographer – in fact, his photos have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
Amateur Player: Mike Booker, Houston, TX
Houston resident Mike Booker’s Twitter page identifies him as: “Financial advisor. I also play golf.” That’s an understatement if there ever was one. Mr. Booker has a remarkable and distinguished golf pedigree. As a collegiate golfer with the University of Houston, he played on the 1977 NCAA Championship team, and was selected to the Associated Press’ NCAA All-America Team. He was also selected to the All Southwest Conference Team and was the winner of multiple Collegiate Golf Championships.
As a Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur Player, Mr. Booker amassed a staggering number of awards, titles, and championships. These include winning a record 10 Texas Golf Association events and being voted Senior Texas Golf Association Player of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He also has claimed the Houston City Amateur and Senior Amateur Championship seven times.
Lifetime Achievement: Fin Ewing III, Dallas, TX
Fin Ewing III is president of one of the oldest and largest car dealer groups in the Dallas area. He also has a rich history of philanthropic and title sponsorship work – one that has spanned decades.
A lifelong golf enthusiast, Mr. Ewing is the long-time title sponsor of The Project Shelter Pro-Am, which has raised more than $5 million for the Genesis Women’s Shelter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting abused women and children.
He also has done extensive fundraising work for the Northern Texas PGA Foundation’s Junior Tour, a nonprofit organization with more than 4,000 Junior Tour members ages 7-19, and the Ewing Charity Classic which has raised more than $4 million in funds to support the Northern Texas PGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on the growth of the game.
Golf Professional / Teacher: Cameron Doan, Dallas, TX
Cameron Doan is a second-generation PGA professional. In 2018, Mr. Doan won the PGA of America’s Bill Strausbaugh award, which is presented to PGA members who have shown outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring PGA Professionals, and have made a significant impact on the careers of PGA Professionals.
Mr. Doan, a PGA Professional since 1994, and the Head Golf Professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, has proven to be a great mentor, having had eight former assistants become Head Professionals and three former assistants become Directors of Instruction. He coached Rich Beem to three PGA Tour wins, including the 2002 PGA Championship.
He is also the co-founder of KidSwing, a kids’ golf tournament that benefits the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; the tournament started in 2002 and has raised more than $2 million in funds.
Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses: Shady Oaks Country Club, Fort Worth, TX
Shady Oaks Country Club was completed in 1958 by Marvin Leonard, who also built the Colonial Golf Club in 1936. The legendary Ben Hogan was a founding member of Shady Oaks, stating at its opening, “Shady Oaks is special and there’s no place like it anywhere. This one is my pet.”
Shady Oaks is home to the Ben Hogan Foundation, which funds charities, programs and scholarships that reflect Mr. Hogan’s core values. Multiple Shady Oaks Country Club members who are also members of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame include: Marvin Leonard, Ben Hogan, Bruce Devlin, Lindy Miller, Marty Leonard, John Grace, Dan Jenkins and Chad Campbell.
Shady Oaks served as host to the 2008 USGA US Senior Amateur Championship and the 2014 TGA Senior Amateur Championship as well as almost every Northern Texas PGA major event, and approximately 20 USGA qualifiers.
WE WANT YOU IN THE TEXAS GOLF HALL OF FAME.
Help us take it to the next level!
If you love golf the way we do – whether you join the TGHoF as a member or eventually play well enough to be an inductee! – we want to see your name associated with the Hall of Fame.
And here’s why.
Texas has been the site of some of the most important events in both professional and amateur golf in America. Several of history’s most notable golf course designers have brought their skills to venues throughout the state. And certainly the list of golfers who’ve competed for fame and fortune here make up a who’s who of the sport.
But while Texas claims an undeniable and permanent place in golf history, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame hasn’t been quite so fortunate.
First round: 1978 – 2001.
First conceived by course designer Jack Miller and Houston sportswriter Jack Agness, the original TGHoF was founded in 1978 at The Texas National Golf Club located outside of Willis, Texas. Over the next two decades, it inducted an impressive array of golfers, golf supporters and venues, and with Ms. Frances Trimble acting as executive director and curator throughout the period. But it also changed homes twice – under the auspices of the Woodlands Corporation in 1988 and then the Houston Golf Association in 1992 – before being “mothballed” in 1997 and dissolved in 2001.
It would be seven long years before the TGHoF would get out of the rough – and fans of Texas golf history would get a new glimmer of hope.
Resurrection: 2008 – today.
The year 2008 saw a major restoration of the classic A.W. Tillinghast-designed golf course at San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park – birthplace of public golf in Texas and a venue long honored as a TGHoF inductee. Joe Black, himself a hall of famer and former PGA of America president, thought that this occasion was an ideal time to restore the Hall of Fame, as well – and contacted San Antonio golf officials about providing a permanent home for at that site. And to help ensure the continued survival of the TGHoF, Black also urged that it be governed by a Board of Directors made up of major golf organizations from around the state.
True activity to reconstitute the hall of fame and establish the Board occurred in 2009 and induction of new classes resumed in 2010.
The Texas Golf Hall of Fame today.
For the past decade, then, inductions into the TGHoF have continued. Its current archives have been housed on the grounds of Brackenridge Park. Visitors can see a dedicated Wall of Frames room inside the Old Brack clubhouse – featuring mainly framed photos and a very few relics of interest – or wander the adjacent Walk of Fame outside, with plaques featuring at least some of the most notable inductees of this organization.
These on-site features are beautifully augmented by an excellent website, offering 24/7 access to information about the Hall of Fame, its inductees and its events.
These all fall in line with the Board of Directors’ original position for the TGHoF to be only an induction event organization and not to engage in artifact collection or significant museum activities.
However, such a limited physical venue, coupled with minimal funding, means limitations in things we’d now like to see – and too modest a presentation to convey the importance of the history, the pride of individual accomplishment, the excitement of the sport, or the enthusiasm we’d like to inspire in a new generation of golfers here in the Lone Star State.
We want more, say Texas golfers.
Recently, the Board of Directors assigned a Long Range Planning Committee to do research among living HoF members and active golfers in all parts of the state. The consensus opinion seems to be that Texas golf deserves a more prominent, accessible, and impressive hall of fame.
It doesn’t need to be a huge museum (or have the stuffy feel of one). But it should certainly be a venue large enough to:
· display photographs, artifacts, books and other memorabilia attractively.
· host larger and more frequent events than just yearly inductions.
· store a permanent and hopefully growing collection of artifacts and records.
· perhaps allow the presentation of videos or lectures.
· eventually have an on-site curator and/or staff trained as docents.
In short, we need for it to help us carry out our stated mission: to celebrate the rich and diverse history of golf in the great State of Texas.
Here’s where it can happen, says the Alamo City Golf Trail.
As the current host of the TGHoF, we’re serious about our responsibility to its long-term success – and we’re especially happy that we can offer a solution to the location issue.
The historic Borglum Studio (where famed American sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed and made studies for Mount Rushmore and other major works) stands on grounds shared by the Old Brack Clubhouse. Currently used as an event venue, the studio can be outfitted with appropriate display cases, lighting and security features to house the hall of fame – both now and for the foreseeable future.
Here’s how it can happen – with your help – says the Board of Directors.
The other element that’s needed: your participation.
Consider this your invitation to help us bring a greater Texas Golf Hall of Fame into reality.
We welcome your interest, your visits to the venue, your participation in inductions and related events, and more. Specifically, we would like you to consider doing several things that can help make the TGHoF a more vibrant and fun addition to the sport and a valuable resource to the community of golfers in Texas:
· Become a member. Your membership will bring you admission to the TGHoF, invitations to our annual golf tournament, induction events, and more, while your dues help fund ongoing operations.
· Donate funds. If you’d like to go above and beyond straight membership – with the advantage of tax deduction (we’re a 501(c)(3) organization) – we’ll greatly appreciate your contribution to the cause.
· Donate artifacts. Help build our collection by donating (or making long-term loans of) historically important golf equipment, documents, photographs, and related memorabilia that we can share through displays.
· Donate your time and expertise. Volunteer for various projects associated with the TGHoF, and share your knowledge and experience about the game with other avid golfers.
· Help us make connections. Over the next several years, we’ll be looking for major personal and corporate underwriters to sponsor exhibits and major events, and to provide long-term funding for the TGHoF and all of its endeavors. Introductions or referrals to specific interested individuals or groups you know would be of immense help.
Remember, your participation is critical to TGHoF success.
So if you’re not already on our email list, sign up for email newsletters and notices. Go online HERE or call (CONTACT PHONE) to see what TGHoF events are happening in your area – then plan to get involved, either as a volunteer or attendee. Visit the current TGHoF at Old Brack on your next trip to San Antonio, so you can see what we’re starting with and get an understanding of the challenges facing us – and perhaps share ideas for future improvements.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Echoes from the Hall!
Bill Rogers Interview from Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
Help us give the Hall a permanent home.
As host of the TGHoF, the Alamo City Golf Trail is serious about its responsibility to the hall’s long-term success – and recently offered a solution to the issue of providing a permanent location.
The historic Borglum Studio (where famed American sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed and made studies for Mount Rushmore and other major works) stands on grounds shared by the Old Brack Clubhouse. Currently used as an event venue, the studio will be outfitted with appropriate display cases, lighting and security features to house the hall of fame – both now and for the foreseeable future.
With a suitable venue now available, the Hall of Fame is finally in a position to begin building a permanent collection of golf artifacts, documents and other items of interest to future Texas golf enthusiasts. To learn how you can donate items, funds, or your time and expertise to help us make the transition to this new home, click here.
Upcoming Hall of Fame Events
Over the next several years, we plan for the Texas Golf Hall of Fame to have a presence at major golf events around the state – to promote the hall itself, of course, but also the game we all love! Click into our website for reports on recent events and make plans to join us for future ones.
June 2020 Houston U.S. Women's Open - Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas - June 3-7
May 2021 Fort Worth
April/May 2022 San Antonio (100th Anniversary of Texas Open)
May 2023 Frisco (US Senior Open)