Doug Sanders

Doug Sanders was host of the Senior Tour’s annual visit to the Deerwood Club near Houston, became a Texan in 1968 when he accepted an invitation from developer Frank Sharp to be Sharpstown C.C.’s Tour representative. The winner of 19 Tour events, Sanders used his connections with showbiz types to successfully promote golf.

Doug was also instrumental in assisting the Woodland C.C. to prominence and into a role as home to Houston’s PGA Tour event for many years. Sanders has amassed an enviable record, including two finishes as runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the British Open and two runner-up spots in U.S. Opens. Additionally, Sanders finished tied for fourth at the 1966 Masters, two strokes out of a playoff for the title. Sanders joined the PGA Senior Tour in 1983 and won the World Seniors Invitational that same year. He began a pro-celebrity event in Houston at Memorial Park and it subsequently became the Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic, played at the Deerwood Club outside Houston.

In 1990, The Sanders “happening” was visited by President George H. W Bush, marking the first time a president in office had competed in a regular pro-am event. Always known as a flashy dresser with shoes that matched his shirt and pants, Sanders was always a fan favorite.


Birthplace: Cedartown, GA

Born: July 24, 1933

Died: N/A


Judy Rankin

Judy Rankin stood the golf world on its ear when she won the 1959 Missouri Amateur as a 14-year-old. The following year, she was low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open and was still young enough to also be a semi-finalist in the USGA Girls Championship in both 1960 and 1961.

In 1962, as a 17-year-old, Rankin joined the LPGA Tour and between 1968 and 1979, she ran-up 26 titles. In 1976, Judy won 7 events and set a single-seasons earnings mark of $150,743. She was the first woman to pass $100,000 in a season and was named Player of the Year and also winner of the Vare Trophy for a second time. In all, Rankin won the Vare three times. In 1967, Judy met and married former Texas Tech football player “Yippy” Rankin and became a Texan.

A former LPGA Board of Directors member, Rankin’s last full season on the LPGA Tour was in 1983, after which she underwent back surgery and hence retired from competitive golf. She is currently a golf analyst on network television and is endeared by the golf world.


Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Born: February 18, 1945

Died: N/A


Louis R. "Goldie" Goldman

L.R. Goldman, began a career as a journalist for the Eastland Daily Oil Belt News. He became a popular golf columnist and writer for the Houston Post in 1938 and continued penning links life for 28 years. “Goldie” was taken off the Post’s golf beat for a time and in 1965 “officially” retired although he stayed on the Post part-time at the request of the Publisher and later worked weekends at the Houston Chronicle.

The most treasured compliment of Goldie’s journalistic integrity came from none other Mr. Ben Hogan himself via the Houston Golf Association Secretary Bob Rule. “Rule told me that Hogan said there were only two golf writers who never misquoted him,” says Goldman. “One was Ft. Worth’s Jim Trinkle - the other was Goldie”.

Two more noteworthy items about Goldman: his father actually fought in the Civil War. Goldie’s dad was age 65 when his youngest son was born. Goldie, who stayed at home for over two years to nurse his ailing mother when he was age 9, graduated from Cleburne High School in 1921. That year he won the mile run at the Texas State High School Track Meet, which helped earn him a track scholarship at the University of Texas.

Goldman attended Texas for two years, working during the summer for his hometown paper in Cleburne. Before his junior year Goldie decided he would rather be a newspaperman than a student. He then took the job at Eastland and then a career that would include stops at the Houston Chronicle, Cleburne, Waxahachie, Fort Worth Press, Port Arthur News, Beaumont Enterprise, and the Post.


Birthplace: Cedar Hill, Texas

Born: December 13, 1900

Died: June 12, 2000