Lanny Wadkins

Known as a fierce competitor and as one of the best iron players on tour, Lanny Wadkins compiled an impressive career record topped off by his play in the Ryder Cup. Wadkins first gained notice by winning the prestigious Southern Amateur, a feat he repeated in 1970.

He attended Wake Forest University on a scholarship acquired for him by Arnold Palmer, a Wake Forest alum. He was a collegiate All-American in 1970 and 1971, and hewon the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1970. Wadkins turned professional in 1971. His first tour victory was at the Sahara Invitational in 1972. He won multiple times in 1973 and his last season of multiple wins was 1988.

Wadkins was co-leader in victories on the PGA Tour in 1983 with two and 1985 with three. He finished second on the money list in 1985, his best showing, and was third on the money list two other times. Wadkins' final win on the PGA Tour was the 1992 Greater Hartford Open. He won his debut on the Champions Tour in 2000, but did not win again on the senior circuit. His play there was curtailed first by nagging injuries, then by his duties as the lead analyst on CBS' golf broadcasts from 2002-06. Wadkins' lone major championship came in the 1977 PGA Championship, where he defeated Gene Littler in the first-ever sudden death playoff at that event. He also won the 1979 Players Championship.

Wadkins was a Ryder Cup stalwart for the U.S. side throughout his career. He played on eight teams, tied for the American record, winning 20 matches and 21.5 points, both among the highest totals for Americans. His overall Ryder Cup record was 20-11-3. Wadkins left CBS' golf telecasts at the end of 2006. He designs golf courses through his company, Lanny Wadkins Design Group. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.


Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Born: December 5, 1949

Died: N/A


Marilynn Smith

As a youngster, Marilynn had a strong appreciation of golf. She turned into a marvelous player. At age 22, she won the NCAA for the University of Texas, then dropped out of school to turn professional. The modern LPGA was founded in 1950, the same year golf equipment manufacture Spalding signed Smith to the first of 27 one-year contracts. Smith, along with Zaharias, Jameson and ten others, were founding members of the new organization.

Among Smith’s 22 victories were the Heart of America Open, the Mile High Open, the Sunshine Open, and the Cavern City Open. Of the 22 wins, two were major titles, the 1963 and 1964 Titleholders. Smith founded and organized the Marilynn Smith Founders Classic in 1987.


Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas

Born: April 13, 1929

Died: N/A


Terry Jastrow

Executive Producer, Producer and/or Director of some of televisions most prestigious and important programs over the last 45 years. A partial list of Mr. Jastrow accomplishments are as follows: Texas State Junior Golf Champion (1966), attended University of Houston on golf scholarship, Member of Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

He Started working for ABC Sports at age 21 and became the youngest network television sports producer at age 23. He was a Producer/Director for ABC Sports, for 22 years. He won 7 Emmy Awards, having been nominated 17 times. He was nominated for the Directors Guild of American Lifetime Achievement Award. He produced or directed The Super Bowl, The Indy 500, The Kentucky Derby, numerous college football bowl games, and 68 of golf’s major championships (US Open, British Open, PGA Championship). Jastrow producedor directed six Olympic Games andproduced or directed six Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies including 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He was the producer/director of ABC Sports golf series for 22 years.

Jastrow was president of Jack Nicklaus Productions for 12 years and re-launched Shells Wonderful World of Golf (coordinated and produced 48 matches) and created the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, Michael Douglas & Friends, Tommy Bahama Challenge, etc. and was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award.


Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Born: July 15, 1948 - IMDB says September 24, 1948

Died: N/A


Tod Menefee

After playing Old Brack as a child and watching the first Texas Open in 1922 with the Schriever boys, Tod Menefee became Old Brack’s head professional in 1931. He was best friends with Harvey Penick, and the two of them frequently played with Hogan and Nelson in the 1930s. In 1938, Menefee became head professional at the San Antonio Country Club and continued in that role for the rest of his career.

Menefee had literally every position available in the Texas golf community and helped promote the rules of golf throughout the state. He is best remembered as the rules referee for the 1940 Texas Open playoff between Nelson and Hogan. Menefee was proud of his work with at-risk junior golfers. He has been inducted into both the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Open Hall of Honor. He was married for seventy-two years to Auggie Menefee, a quiet, beautiful woman who was focused on her family, including their daughter, Betty, matriarch of San Antonio’s Cavender automobile empire.


Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas

Born: December 15, 1906

Died: August 26, 2002