Ben Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw is so popular with the folks in the gallery that they actually get mad at him when he does nott perform as well as they would like. Crenshaw has been a winner since claiming the Texas State Junior Boys Championship in 1969 at Brackenridge Park. At UT Austin, he won two individual NCAA titles and shared another with teammate Tom Kite, as the Longhorns managed two team titles. In 1973 Crenshaw won his Tour Card in the qualifying TTournament by 12 shots over runner-up Gil Morgan. Crenshaw then won his debut tournament as PGA Tour eligible player at the Texas Open. Crenshaw, whose deft putting touch has helped him win 15 tournaments, including the 1984 Masters and the 1990 Southwestern Bell Colonial, has been Ryder Cupper in 1981, 1983, and 1987.

He was also been on the World Cup Team in 1972 and 1988. Outside the tour, Ben’s interests still are related to golf. He is a partner in a golf course architecture firm based in Austin. He served on the Museum Committee of the U.S. Golf Association, which honored him with the USGA Bobby Jones Award for service to golf in 1990. He was Captain of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1999. One of his most significant victories, however, was the 1995 Masters after attending the funeral of his friend and mentor, Harvey Penick.

Ben is still playing competively on the Champion’s Tour, designing golf courses and representing Texas as a golf “Statesman”.

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Born: January 11, 1952

Died: N/A

John Paul Cain

Houston Stockbroker John Paul Cain did what every amateur secretly dreams of: he cast fate and the security of a profession to the wind to play the Tour. Cain, at age 52, became a Senior PGA Tour rookie. Actually, Cain managed to split times between the Senior Tour and his other job as a stockbroker.

In 1988, Cain entered the Senior Tour National Qualifying and finished tied for 15th. The following year he became the second player in Seniors history to qualify for an event on Monday and ultimately win the event. His triumphs at the Greater Grand Rapids Open and at the Red Stripe Invitational proved “JP” belonged on the Senior Tour. He shared the “Ironman” title with Rives McBee in 1990 by playing 115 rounds.

Cain was elected to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame for his amateur accomplishments. He played on the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ Border Conference champions in 1955 and 1956, and was a member of Tech’s first Southwest Conference championship team in any sport in 1959. He also won the Texas Amateur Championship in 1959. Later, he built a notable record as a mid-amateur by advancing to finals against Ben Crenshaw in 1973 Trans-Miss. He was also quarter-finalist in 1975 British Amateur, a five-time club champion at Champions and a six-time club champion at Brae-Burn. He has played in five U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Opens. From 1963 to 1967, Cain teamed up with Walter Fondren to win five straight Golfcrest C.C. four-Ball championships.

Birthplace: Hamlin, Texas

Born: January 14, 1936

Died: N/A

Lloyd Mangrum

Darkly handsome Lloyd Mangrum was best described as a cool customer on the course and one who made magic inside 20 yards of the green. Observers said that in his prime, Mangrum went for weeks at a time without three-putting.

Mangrum got his initial exposure to golf by parking cars at Cliff Dale CC in Dallas. His boss was his brother Ray. Lloyd never played as an amateur, choosing instead to turn professional at the age of 15.

Mangrum won the U.S. Open in 1946. He also won big in 1948 by claiming $22,000 out of a $48,000 purse at George S. May’s World Championship, playing on his home course - Tam O’Shanter. Mangrum, a Vardon Trophy winner in 1951 and 1953, played in four Ryder Cup Matches (1937, 1949, 1951, 1953) as a playing captain), as well as serving as honorary captain in 1955. He was also selected in 1939 but those matches were not played due to WWII.

Birthplace: Trenton, Texas

Born: August 1, 1914

Died: November 17, 1973

Ross Collins

Ross Collins retired in 1985 after serving as head professional at Kerrville’s Riverhill CC since 1980. He began his career first as an assistant then as head professional at Dallas CC, then became head pro at Lakewood, and finally head pro at Dallas Athletic Club. He was president of the Texas PGA section in 1961-62, and stared the Section’s first education programs in 1959.

Among Collins’ other credits are a stint as athletic director and basketball coach at Arkansas A&M. While there, he won the Arkansas Open as an amateur in 1951, and the State Amateur Championship in 1951, 1952, and 1953. Ross won the National Lefthanders championship four times, two amateur titles in 1950, and 1951, plus two pro titles in 1966 and 1967. Ross Collins enjoyed retirement. He played golf every day. That comes as no surprise since Ross was a natural athlete, having earned 10 letters in tennis, golf and basketball at North Texas State as collegian.

During World War II he was a carrier-based pilot and winner of the Navy Cross.

Birthplace: Mingus, Texas

Born: March 14, 1922

Died: June 10, 2010

Sandra Haynie

LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Haynie played her way into they record books by winning three major championships in a career, which has spanned 30 years.

A native of Forth Worth, Haynie was an early protégée of A.G. Mitchell of River Crest CC. As a teenager, she won the 1957 and 1958 Texas State Public Links tournaments, plus the 1958 and 1959 Women’s Texas Golf Association titles. As a professional Miss Haynie has actually had two careers- one from 1961-1976 and, following a layoff due to injuries and arthritis, from 1980.

Sandra Hayne has served on the LPGA as an officer and a playing member of the Board of Directors.

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: June 4, 1943

Died: N/A

Vic Cameron

Victor Eugene Cameron became addicted to golf after taking early retirement from Cameron Iron Works, where he was a tool and die maker by trade. He was the son of Harry S. Cameron, who founded Cameron Iron Works in a tin shack in Humble and developed it into one of Houston’s major employers. It was while Vic administered the Cameron Family Foundation that he was involved in such generous grants to the golf programs at all Houston area colleges - Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Rice, Houston, St. Thomas, Houston Baptist and Texas Southern benefitted from the Cameron estate.

An avid sports fan and a high-handicapper at Champions Golf Club, Vic also urged the Foundation to make a $1million grant to Rice to build a baseball stadium, which was appropriately named Cameron Field. Vic was happiest when he was on the golf course, although an industrial accident left his back fused and he had no body turn with his golf swing. As a result, he relied on his arms.

A navy veteran, Vic, through the Foundation, was a heavy contributor to charity golf tournaments, which always earned him a spot in the field. He was a regular in the Houston Pro-Am and the Houston Cystic Fibrosis Tournament, and made numerous junkets with college golf teams. Vic’s son, Dave, succeeded Vic as a trustee with the Cameron Foundation, which still supports golf-related events.

Birthplace: Humble, Texas

Born: March 10, 1910

Died: January 1, 1984