Chad Campbell

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


Birthplace: Andrews, Texas

Born: May 31, 1974

Died: N/A

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.


Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Born: July 10, 1956

Died: N/A

Bill Macatee

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.


Birthplace: El Paso, Texas

Born: November 17, 1955

Died: N/A

Lions Municipal Golf Course

Lions Municipal Golf Course is associated with distinguished golfers and is a respectable piece of golf course architecture. But, most importantly, the course impacted national history with respect to race relations in public recreational spaces as the first municipal golf course in the South to desegregate in late 1950. 

The USGA has formally recognized the desegregation at Lions Municipal Golf Course as a milestone for the game of golf, along with leading scholars and prominent individuals who include: 

1. Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters Champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame; 

2. Marvin Dawkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Miami, co-author of African American 
Golfers during the Jim Crow Era (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000); 

3. Lane Demas, Associate Professor of History, Central Michigan, The Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf (under contract, UNC Press, John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture); 

4. Glenda Gilmore, the C. Vann Woodward Chair in History at Yale University; 

5. Renea Hicks, prominent constitutional and civil rights lawyer and former Solicitor, Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas; 

6. Jacqueline Jones, Chair of the History Department and Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History at the University of Texas; 

7. Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood Chair at the University of Texas Law School and prominent constitutional scholar; 

8. Robert J. Robertson, author of Fair Ways: How Six Black Golfers Won Civil Rights in Beaumont, Texas (Texas A&M Press 2005); 

9. Paul Stekler, Chair of the Radio/Television/Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

10. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, 35th District, Texas

11. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st District, North Carolina

12. Congressman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District, Texas

13. Congressman James E. Clyburn, 6th District, South Carolina

In 2016, Lions Municipal was added to the National Register of Historic Places and to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.


Location: Austin, Texas

Year Built: 1924

Year Closed: N/A

Kelli Kuehne

AMATEUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Only golfer in history to win U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Amateur in consecutive years
• (8) AJGA Individual Title Wins 1991-1995
• Undefeated High School Golf Career at Highland Park High School for a 20-0 Record – 1992-1995
• (3) USGA titles:
• U.S. Girl's Junior Amateur Championship 1994
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1995
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1996
• Women's British Amateur Champion 1996
• #1 ranked Amateur in the World 1996
• U.S. Curtis Cup and World Cup Amateur Team Member 1996
• Southwest Conference Player of the Year – University of Texas 1996
• First-Team All-American – University of Texas 1996
• (2) Individual Titles while playing for the University of Texas Women’s Golf Team in 1995 and 1996
• Texas Sports Hall of Fame Member


Birthplace: Argyle, Texas

Born: May 11, 1977

Died: N/A

Steve Elkington

Born in Inverell, New South Wales, Elkington grew up in Wagga Wagga. 
• He moved to the United States to attend college in Texas at the University of Houston, where he played on the Cougar golf team that won national titles in 1982, 1984, and 1985.
• Elkington was the first prominent Australian to play college golf in the U.S., and turned professional in 1985. 
• Elkington was the runner-up at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in December 1986 to earn his tour card for 1987.
• He had ten victories on the PGA Tour, all in the 1990s, and won four events twice. Elkington had ten top-10 finishes in major championships, with the best results at the PGA Championship; he won in 1995 at Riviera, and a tied for second in 2005 at Baltusrol, behind winner Phil Mickelson, which moved him back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. 
• He is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's marquee event, with victories in 1991 and 1997. Of the five to win twice at TPC Sawgrass, his span of six years between wins is the shortest.
• Elkington was a participant in the first four editions of the Presidents Cup, on the International Team in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. In 1995, he was awarded the Vardon Trophy; this award is given annually by the PGA of America to the tour player with the lowest scoring average.
• He turned fifty in late 2012 and made his debut on the Champions Tour in June 2013. 


Birthplace: Inverell, New South Wales

Born: December 8, 1962

Died: N/A

Buddy Cook

James E. "Buddy" Cook is a nationally known golf professional with over forty years of experience in the golf industry. 

• Invited by Joe Black to help reconstitute the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and served as Chairman, 2009 to 2015.

• Named the 1999 STPGA Golf Professional of Year.

• Trained over 24 golf professional apprentices to include; Warren Chancellor, Randy Smith, Cary Collins, Billy Harmon and Donny Cude.

• Notable golf students include; Tom Landry, George Strait, Martina Navratilova, Mario Andretti, Catherine Crosby and junior Justin Leonard. 

• Director of Golf, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, California, 1988 to 1991.
o Earned Golf Shop Operations “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”.

• Director of Golf, The Dominion Country Club, San Antonio, 1984-1988.
o Listed three years in the Golf Shop Operation’s “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”

• Developed, managed and served as Director of Golf at La Cantera Golf Club, San Antonio. 1991-1997.
o Voted the best new daily fee course by Golf Digest in 1995.

• Co-owner and Director of Golf at Briggs Ranch Golf Club and The Golf Club of Texas, San Antonio, 2000 to 2007.

• Director of Golf, Indian Springs Country Club, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 1982 to 1983.

• Head Professional, Royal Oaks Country Club, Dallas, 1976 to 1981.

• Head Professional, Tulsa Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1974 to 1976.

• Assistant Professional, Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, 1969 to 1972.
o Trained under Head Professional Hardy Loudermilk.

• Teaching Professional, Houston Country Club, Houston.

• Tournament Director – The Dominion Invitational, a Senior PGA Tour Event, San Antonio, Texas.

• Tournament Director – PGA Senior/Champions Tour Event, San Antonio, 2000 to 2005.

• Served as a subject matter expert in the development of the new PGA Golf Professional Training Program.

• Selected by the National PGA Education Faculty to teach an advanced tournament management and promotion seminar.

• Instructor at PGA Business Schools I & II. 


Birthplace: Odessa, Texas

Born: April 17, 1946

Died: N/A

M.T. Johnson

1945 Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy
• Well-known as an honest and illustrious businessman in ranching, investments, banking and community service.
• Nominated in 1980 to serve on the USGA's Executive Committee, where he also served as its first treasurer. Served as chairman of 3 committees (also member of 13 committees). Tenth Texan to serve on the Executive Committee and first from the Texas Panhandle.
• Member of the USGA “Championship Committee and influential in convincing the USGA to hold six of its major championships in Texas.
• Past President of Amarillo Country Club, which was founded in 1919.
• Director and President (1967) of the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Board. Helped arrange the Championship held at San Antonio Country Club.
• Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew's, Scotland. Served in a senior position on the Rules Committees. Served as an effective and congenial ambassador for Texas and America.
• Recipient of the Byron Nelson Award from the North Texas PGA in 1987.
• Served as President, Panhandle Golf Association (1989-1994)

• Enshrined into the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1986, as well as the Amarillo High School Hall of Fame. Named one of the 100 Sports Personalities of the 20th Century by the Amarillo Globe-News in 2000.

• All-State quarterback at Amarillo High, where he led the Golden Sandies to the state championship in 1940. Graduated from the U.S. naval Academy, where he lettered in football
On the Amarillo School Board from 1954-1969, serving as its president several times. Numerous business ventures in Amarillo, including the founding of Tascosa National Bank and development of Sunset Center shopping mall. Organized Johnson Land & Cattle Company with farming and ranching operations in central Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. 

His grandson is PGA Tour professional Johnson Wagner.


Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas

Born: January 21, 1923

Died: December 23, 1999

Billy Ray Brown

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.


Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: April 5, 1963

Died: N/A

Austin Country Club

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



City: Austin, Texas

Course Opened: 1899

Course Closed: N/A

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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Brackenridge Park Golf Course

Brackenridge Park Golf Course is a historic golf course in San Antonio, Texas and the oldest 18-hole public golf course in Texas. It opened for play in 1916 and was the first inductee into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Brackenridge Park was the original site of the Texas Open which held the tournament for most years between 1922-1959. Located in historic Brackenridge Park, the course is one of six municipal golf courses managed by the non-profit management group, the Alamo City Golf Trail.

Location

George Washington Brackenridge donated 100-plus acres of land to the city to create Brackenridge Park, the park in which the present day Brackenridge Park Golf Course is located.

Ray Lambert's appointment as City Parks Commissioner in 1915 began a new era for Brackenridge Park. Lambert inherited a parks system that was underfunded and growing quickly. He immediately asked for almost a threefold increase in budget (to $60,000), and earmarked much of this increase for the further development of Brackenridge Park. One of Lambert's major projects was the construction of a public golf course. A public course had been advocated by golf enthusiasts for many years as a tourist attraction for the City. There were three other courses in San Antonio at that time, all private. In October 1915, it was reported that the 18-hole Brackenridge Park golf course was under construction. Noted course designer A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and build the golf course. A clubhouse was also proposed, as well as a swimming hole "so that after the game the players may enjoy a plunge in the delightful waters of the San Antonio River."

Currently the historic golf course remains in operation near downtown, and within close proximity to the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. San Antonio landmarks, the Witte Museum and San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens, are also located nearby.

The Clubhouse

The original clubhouse was a small one-story building that burned down in 1920. In 1922, the City hired Ralph H. Cameron to design and build a new clubhouse for the golf course and the Texas Open. $8,000 was raised by the City for clubhouse construction. Cameron designed other notable San Antonio buildings, including the Scottish Rite Cathedral (1923), Neo-Gothic Medical Arts Building (1925), the Frost Brothers Store (1930), and the U.S. Post Office and Court House (1937).

Borglum Studio

The Borglum Studio (Oct. 2012)

An adjacent building to the Brackenridge Park Golf Clubhouse once served as the working studio for artist Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who created the heads of the U.S. Presidents on Mount Rushmore. The structure was built in 1885 from local limestone and timbers to serve as a water pumping station. In 1905, the pump house became obsolete with the drilling of artisan wells into the Edwards Aquifer. Around the abandoned pump house, the untamed land was sculpted into a golf course. In Reid Meyers' self-published book, "The Ghosts of Old Brack," he spotlights Gutzon Borglum's arrival in San Antonio in 1924 and his rental of the old pump house. Through the windows, he likely would have seen golfers warming up. "That was what made it nice as an artist studio, the setting and light, the large space," says San Antonio historian Maria Watson Pfeiffer.

After Borglum's use of the studio passed, it served as the creative space of other noted regional artists, and art students of the Wiite and Fort Sam Houston.

Today, the Borglum Studio looks out on the 17th hole of the golf course.

The Schrievers

U.S. Air Force General Bernard Adolph Schriever grew up in a small house near the 12th green of the historic layout of Brackenridge Park. He and his younger brother, Gerhardt, were best friends with Tod Menefee and the Schriever's mother (Elizabeth) operated a small but popular sandwich stand for the golfers in the back yard. Bernard won the State Junior and the San Antonio City Golf Championship twice. He captained the Texas A&M golf team for two years before entering the army. He is mostly known for his role in the air force's space and missile program, and managing the nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. In 2011, Bernard was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame posthumously (died in 2005). His 97-year-old brother Gerhardt Schriever was there to accept the honor.

Notable records

In 1939, Harold "Jug" McSpaden posted the course record of 59 during an exhibition match played with Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and Paul Runyan.

Mike Souchak set a PGA Tour 72-hole record of 257 at the 1955 Texas Open. The record held until 2001.

Three of the first six 60s shot in PGA Tour history came at Brackenridge Park. Al Brosch was the first to do it, with an 11-under during the third round of the 1951 Texas Open. In 1954, Ted Kroll matched Brosch, with a 60 of his own, also during the third round of the Texas Open. The following year, Souchak opened the Texas Open with a 60 (27-33) on his way to the 257 that gave him the title that season.

Texas Open

The Texas Open was held at Brackenridge Park in: 1922-1926, 1929-1932, 1934, 1939-1940, 1950-1955, and 1957-1959. No tournament was played in 1933 and 1935-1938. The Texas Open was the first professional golf tournament in Texas and one of the first events to be played during the winter. The first Open held in 1922 had a $5,000 purse, the largest purse of any golf tournament at the time. In 1960, the San Antonio Golf Association moved the Texas Open to Oak Hills Country Club, another Tillinghast designed course.

Texas Golf Hall of Fame

The Texas Golf Walk of Fame

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is now headquartered at Brackenridge Park Golf Course after closing in The Woodlands, Texas in the late 1990's.Several upgrades have been added to the golf course to accommodate The Texas Golf Hall of Fame including a new pavilion to host events and The Texas Golf Walk of Fame. The Texas Golf Walk of Fame connects the Brackenridge Clubhouse and Borglum Studio together with exhibit monuments dedicated to Hall of Fame members. The Cavenders, best known for their sprawling auto sales business, offered $50,000 to underwrite the cost of the Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame is designed as a garden area that connects the clubhouse to the studio near the 17th green. The family's donation was in honor of their grandfather, legendary longtime San Antonio Country Club head pro Tod Menefee. Their mother, Betty Cavender, also partnered in the grant.

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.

 

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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.