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.

Trip Kuehne

Ernest W. "Trip" Kuehne III is an American amateur golfer. He is most remembered for his defeat at the hands of Tiger Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur, and his subsequent refusal to turn professional in favor of a successful amateur career.

As a pupil at Highland Park High School in Dallas, he was coached by Hank Haney, who later gained renown as Tiger Woods' swing coach after Woods and Butch Harmon split in 2002. Under Haney's tutelage he won back-to-back Texas high school golf championships, an achievement shared with Justin Leonard, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. 

At college, he enrolled at Arizona State University, where he was the roommate of Phil Mickelson. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he was All-American from 1994 to 1996 and won the 1995 Ben Hogan Award. But following his defeat at the 1994 U.S. Amateur, Kuehne found he was unwilling to make the sacrifices demanded in a professional golfer's life, and concentrated instead on a career in finance after graduating with an MBA in 1997.

Kuehne played in three Walker Cup teams for the United States, in 1995, 2003, and 2007. He also played in four U.S. Opens, where he was the lowest scoring amateur in 2003 at Olympia Fields Country Club. Thirteen years after his Masters Tournament debut as runner-up to Woods, he returned to the Augusta National Golf Club in 2008, this time by beating Dan Whitaker 9&7 at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon to qualify. The fulfillment of his ambition to "take my boy to the Masters", along with his other 2007 successes—he was on the winning Walker Cup team for the first time, and helped Texas retain the USGA state team title, led him to make Augusta the scene of his final competitive tournament before retirement.


Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: June 20, 1972

Died: N/A


Roland Harper

Roland L. Harper a long-ball specialist on the PGA tour from 1951 to 1955, before settling down in Kansas to raise a family. Roland came to Colonial Country Club as the assistant pro around 1960. He then moved into the club professional job around 1961 or ’62, where he stayed for 31 years. Roland then "retired" to teach golf for another six or seven years.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a resident of Granbury (Hood County, Texas) for 28 years.
 


Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

Born: Jan. 14, 1928

Died: March 24, 2001


Preston Moore Jr.

Just as his father was an avid golfer, Preston Moore, Jr. became a devoted golf enthusiast at an early age. He won the Houston Junior Golf Championship five times and, as captain of the Lawrenceville School golf team, won the 1948 Eastern Interscholastic Tournament. At age 14, Preston became one of the youngest individuals to play in a professional golf tournament when he entered the Dallas Open. Recently, Preston participated in the planned restoration of the Gus Wortham Golf Course and was honored to be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. 

Preston attended The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Silver Spurs, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business in 1954. He later attended the Small Company Management program at Harvard Business School.

Preston served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. After leaving the service, he joined the family business, Wilson Stationery and Printing Company and eventually became President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Preston was President and CEO of Graham Realty Company.

In 1984, he served as President and Director of Wilson Industries, Inc., which specialized in oil field equipment and supplies. 

Called into government service during the George H.W. Bush administration, Preston was appointed and confirmed as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce and as the first Chief Financial Officer in the United States government. After leaving the Commerce Department, he entered into partnership with Tom Fatjo, Jr. in the solid waste disposal business.

He served as President and Director of Volcano Therapeutics, a start-up medical diagnostic and treatment company. Preston was a director of numerous companies including InterFirst Bank of Houston, Southwestern Drug Corporation, Wilson Business Products, Wilson Industries, TransAmerican Waste, Tanglewood Bank, and WCA Waste Corporation. 

Throughout his adult life, Preston, a dedicated runner who competed in 16 marathon races, was proud of his 2:57 finish in the Houston Marathon and 3:01 time in the Boston Marathon. He was named to the President's Council on Physical Fitness during the Reagan Administration, selected Amateur Co-Captain of the 2002 Texas Cup Golf Matches, and served as Director of Houston Golf Association.


Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: August 7, 1931

Died: December 27, 2015


Paul Marchand

Paul Marchand currently serves as Shadow Hawk’s General Manager and head Golf Professional beginning his tenure six months prior to the Club’s opening in 1999, after ten years as the head Golf Professional at Houston Country Club. 

Paul has been recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America, and by Golf Digest Magazine as one of America’s 50 Greatest Teachers. A former University of Houston Cougar golfer on teams with Blaine McAllister, Fred Couples, and Jim Nantz, Paul had stints as an Assistant Professional at the Connecticut Golf Club, Houston Country Club, Lakeside Country Club, and River Oaks Country Club. 

Paul has coached several PGA and LPGA Professionals most notably Fred Couples and was Ken Venturi’s Captain’s Assistant in 2000 when Mr. Venturi captained the record setting United States President’s Cup team to victory over the International team 21 ½ to 10 ½ at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Manassas, Virginia.

Throughout high school, college at the University of Houston, and several years after college Paul was completely dedicated to the study and execution of the game. Along the way Paul Marchand was exposed to great teachers like Sam Carmichael, Jackson Bradley, Charlie Epps, Dick Harmon, Jim Flick, and Carl Lohren. On his college team there was a kid who lived across the hall from him who had a really cool swing. His name was Fred Couples. "What an education to have someone to learn from like Fred.", says Paul.


Birthplace: Indiana

Born: 1957

Died: N/A


Jeff Maggert

aggert was born in Columbia, Missouri and was raised on a golf course in The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended McCullough High School. He attended Texas A&M University, where he was an All-American member of the golf team.

Maggert turned professional in 1986. He was Player of the Year on the Ben Hogan Tour (now Web.com Tour) in 1990 (first year of the second-highest men's professional golf tour in the US), and has been a member of thePGA Tour since 1991. He has won three times and finished runner-up 15 times on the PGA Tour, in addition to winning several other professional tournaments. He has represented the United States in the Ryder Cup three times and in the Presidents Cup once.

Maggert withdrew from The Players Championship in 2008 after completing one round, when he learned that his older brother, Barry, had died in a single-engine airplane crash in Gilpin County, Colorado.

Maggert is the only golfer to have more than one double eagle in major championship play (once during the 1994 Masters Tournament and once during the 2001 Open Championship). He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking, going as high as 13th in 1999.

Maggert started the 2012 season on a medical exemption after shoulder surgery in June. His 2011 season was limited to 18 events, making six cuts. He went to Q School to back up the nine starts and $567,086 on his exemption. Maggert could not satisfy his medical exemption and played the remainder of the 2012 season in the Q School/Nationwide Tour graduate category. He still managed to barely retain a PGA Tour card, finishing 123rd on the money list.

Maggert won on his Champions Tour debut in March 2014 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, becoming the 17th player to do so. He also became the seventh player to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored major tours (PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, and Champions Tour). He finished the three rounds at 11-under-par, two strokes ahead of Billy Andrade.

In May 2015, Maggert won his maiden senior major championship and second Champions Tour event at theRegions Tradition. After finishing in a tie at 14-under-par after regulation play, he defeated Kevin Sutherland in sudden-death playoff on the first extra hole with a birdie.

The following month, Maggert won his second senior major championship with a two stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie at the U.S. Senior Open. He began the final round tied for the lead with Bernhard Langer, but shot a five-under-par 65 to pull clear of the field and claim the win.

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Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri

Born: February 20, 1964

Died: N/A