Aniela Gorczyca Goldthwaite

Aniela Goldthwaite, who played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1934, began her golf career as a teenager in Fort Worth under the watchful eye of “Mitch” Mitchell, the head professional at River Crest C.C.. Aniela’s credentials as a golfer are unique in that her talents as an administrator have carried her as far as her talents as a player.

She served the UKGA as non-playing Captain of the Curtis Cup Team in 1952. She was a semi-finalist in the Women’s Amateur in 1966 and also served in the USGA’s women’s committee for 8 years. Goldthwaite’s tournament record includes championships and medalist honors in the Southern Golf Association, Women’s Texas GA, Women’s Texas Open, the Trans-Miss, and three Women’s Texas GA titles. In addition to raising a family, Aniela played an integral role in the success of Goldthwaite’s of Texas. In recognition of that role, she was named to Who’s Who in American Women in 1972.


Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: May 04, 1912

Died: December 24, 2003


Duke Butler

Inducted in 1986 for his promotion of the game, Duke Butler is just as devoted today as he was when he served as the Executive Director of Houston Golf Association from 1978 thru 1991.

A respectable player, he was medalist in the Texas State Junior at Brackenridge Park in 1966, a member of the 1969 Southwest Conference Championship team for Texas A and M, and played in a few PGA TOUR tournaments before becoming the youngest Tournament Director of a TOUR event, at age 29, for the Houston Open in '78. He had previously earned an excellent reputation as a former charity scholarship recipient from the HGA. While there, he was named PGA of America's Junior Golf Leader and Southern Texas PGA Professional of the Year in 1990.

PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman recruited Butler to his staff as Tournament Director in 1992, and he later was promoted to Senior Vice President under Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Active today as President of the Frys.com Open PGA TOUR tournament in California, Butler may someday become the youngest and oldest to direct tournaments, for he simply loves promoting the game for the benefit of charity.


Birthplace: Bryan, Texas

Born: October 12, 1948

Died: N/A


Earl Stewart Jr.

As the coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Southern Methodist University, Earl Stewart brought vast experiences to the role of mentor. Steward won many championships. The first was the Texas High School Boys title, which he captured twice in 1937 and 1938.

While attending LSU, Stewart won the NCAA individual title in 1941 and led the Tigers to first place team honors in 1942. From 1951 to 1953, Stewart played on the PGA Tour and was among the top 20 money winners all three years.. After leaving the Tour, Stewart became head profressional at Dallas’ Oak Cliff C.C. Among his star pupils was Mickey Wright, who he coached for seven years.

In 1961, Stewart became the first host profressional in history to win a Tour event on his home course when he beat Arnold Palmer and Gay Brewer to win the Dallas Open Championship. Until his death in 1990, Stewart coached the collegiate teams at SMU, starting the women’s program in 1975. Among the many standout performers on Stewart Mustang rosters were Kyle O’Brien (NCAA individual champion in 1979), Amy Benz (NCAA individual champion in 1982) and in 1991, U.S. Open Champion, Payne Stewart.


Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: October 15, 1921

Died: July 11, 1990


Marty Fleckman

Although Fleckman spent 13 years on the PGA Tour, he is best remembered for a brilliant amateur career. He played on the three NCAA championship teams a the University of Houston and won the individual title at Knoxville (TN) in 1965 with a record-setting two day total 135. The title secured a berth on the Walker Cup Team in 1967, which in turn exempted Fleckman from first round qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Upon returning from England, Marty sailed through the second qualifying round and entered the Open at Baltusrol (NJ). The Texan took the first-round lead and was again leader in the third round ahead of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. A poor final round burst the Golden Triangle native’s bubble; however, Fleckman again captured attention when he won his first tournament (Cajun Classic) as a pro.

In 1968, Fleckman finished two shots back of tournament winner Julius Boros in the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley C.C. in San Antonio. Marty was named All-American in 1965 and won medalist honors at the 1966 Western Amateur. He was a teaching pro at Meyer Park G.C. in Houston and a consultant in the design of golf clubs for Players Group.


Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas

Born: April 23, 1944

Died: N/A


Miller Barber

Miller Westford Barber, Jr. was the third player to earn more than $4 million in combined career money. He won a total of 35 tournaments on both the PGA and Senior PGA tours. Prior to turning professional and joining the Tour in 1959, Barber attend the University of Arkansas where he received a degree in business in 1954.

Barber’s first win was in his home state of Louisiana, the 1964 Cajun Classic. Miller, dubbed the “Mysterious Mr. X” in his early years because of his low profile, was a member of two Ryder Cup Teams (1969, 1971) and he won at least one event a year from 1967 to 1974, a feat matched only by Jack Nicklaus. Miller Barber is the only three time winner of the U.S. Senior Open (1982, 1984, 1985). He is also a member of the Arkansas Hall of Fame.


Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

Born: March 31, 1931

Died: June 11, 2013


Robie Williams

As a youngster, Robie Williams caddied and cleaned clubs alongside Jimmy Demaret at Houston’s Hermann Park G.C. In 1929, Williams began his career as a caddie master and assistant pro at the “Muni” and the previous years he and Demaret reportedly worked as two parts of a 3-man construction crew building Colonial CC (Brae-Burn).

During WW2, Robbie served in the Navy, then returned to Hermann, first as an assistant to Jack Speer, then as the man in charge. When an opening at Memorial Park G.C. came available, Robie was the City’s first choice and he served the public there for 14 years. During that time, Memorial Park was the site of the Houston Open. In 1967, Williams suffered a heart attack and later died. Jimmy Demaret said he had “lost my best friend.” Indeed many golfers still miss the soft-hearted pro whose golf shop at Memorial Park will be forever known as “Robie’s Lobby.”


Birthplace: ?

Born: September 18, 1912

Died: 1967