Art Hodde

Treasurer of Golf Coast Chapter of the Southern Texas PGA for two years, secretary for two years and president two years, Art Hodde was a career club professional. He held head professional positions at Lake Bluff, III., Memorial Park, Houston Country Club, Piney Point and Long Meadows. Hodde replaced Jack Smith as head professional at Riverbend Country Club in 1969.

He was widely sought as a teacher and would average 30 to 35 lessons per week during peak season. He particularly liked to work with juniors. Hodde played on the Reagan High team and was a member of the Houston city championship team in 1949. His coach was a woman named Alma Peek, who was active in women’s city tournaments. Hodde attended the University of Houston, but did not participate on the golf team. He joined the Army soon after his enrollment there. Hodde was immensely popular among his peers, his club members and the media, which may explain his early induction into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: August 14, 1931

Died: May 5, 2003

Don Massengale

Old golfers don’t fade away, they find new life on the Champion’s Tour. As a Senior Tour rookie in 1987, Don Massengale played in 20 events and earned a top five finish at the U.S. Senior Open, plus a tie for 10th in the Mazda TPC. Since then Don has earned over three times his total earnings as a member of the regular PGA tour.

Massengale won his first Senior Tour event in 1990 and had three top 10 finishes. Massengale won the Southwestern Conference Championships as a Texas Christian University Horned Frog in 1958. That same year he also won the Texas State Amateur title. Turning pro in 1960, Massengale won two regular PGA Tour events, the 1966 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the Canadian Open. His regular PGA Tour earning totaled $193,877. Don left the tour and held club jobs at Elmwood CC (White Plains NY), River Plantation CC (Conroe TX), Harlingen (TX) CC, and the Club Del Lago, also near Conroe. Don also won the National Club pro title in 1972.

Birthplace: Jacksboro, Texas

Born: April 23, 1937

Died: January 02, 2007

Sandra Palmer

Tiny Sandra Palmer grew up as one of a host of fine female golfers who called Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club home. As a youngster, Sandra was tutored by the late professional A.G. Mitchell. Other professionals who influenced her career in a later time were Harvey Penick, Erini Vossler and Johnny Revolta.

As an amateur, Sandra won the West Texas championship four times and the Texas State Amateur title once in 1963. Prior to that, while as student at North Texas State, Palmer was runner-up in the National Collegiate Championship of 1962. After turning pro in 1964, Palmer struggled through seven lean years. From then on, however, she won no less than “two events per season for the next seven years.” She became the LPGA’s 13th millionaire in 1986 and was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

Prior to that, Palmer was voted North Texas State’s Alumnus of the Year in 1977. The former North Texas State cheerleader would still play in recent years on the LPGA tour, representing the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club. She competed in the 1989 Marilynn Smith Founders Classic, the first senior event for women professionals.

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: March 10, 1941

Died: N/A

Scott Rachal Verplank

Verplank was born in Dallas, Texas. He was a leading member of the W.T. White High School Golf Team and a regular at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. While attending Oklahoma State University, he won the 1985 Western Open, becoming the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Doug Sanders won the 1956 Canadian Open. Verplank also won the 1984 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Oak Tree Golf Club and the 1986 NCAA individual title.

Verplank graduated and turned professional in 1986. His career has been solid, with five wins on the PGA Tour, and two Ryder Cup appearances, in 2002 and 2006. He has diabetes and was awarded the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, given by the Golf Writers Association of America to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness - he has diabetes and uses an insulin pump whilst playing. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

He hit a hole-in-one on the 14th hole during a singles match against Pádraig Harrington at the 2006 Ryder Cup. The shot did not impact the overall result, however, as Europe had already won the trophy. Nonetheless, he was the first American player to achieve a hole-in-one during the Ryder Cup.

Verplank's most recent win was the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, in which he defeated Luke Donald by one stroke. Verplank called the EDS Byron Nelson Championship "a fifth major", and also mentioned that "Byron was with me today" (the 2007 tournament was the first held after Nelson's death).

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born: July 9, 1964

Died: N/A

Tom Kite

For many years, Tom Kite was the all-time leading money winner on tour with more than $6.5 million. That was not bad for someone who was legally blind without glasses. Kite was “Mr. Consistency” on Tour, winning at least one tournament, with the exception of 1988, every year from 1981-1990.

Tom grew up at the Austin Country Club course, taking lessons from the renowned Harvey Penick. Kite and Ben Crenshaw were teammates at Texas and led the Longhorns to two national collegiate championships. Tom and Ben shared NCAA medalist honors in 1973.

Tom was leading money winner and Golf Writers Player of the year in 1981 and followed with another leading money winner title in 1989. His other achievements include: Bob Jones Award in 1979; Rookie of the Year Award in 1973; World Amateur Cup team in 1970; Walker Cup Team in 1971; Ryder Cup Teams in 1979,1981,1983,and 1985; NCAA co-champion, with Ben Crenshaw, in 1972; Player Director on Tour Policy Board in 1980-1981; Vardon Trophy winner in 1981 and 1989 and the US. World Cup team in 1984 and 1985. Tom has won additional events on the Champion’s Tour where he still is competitive.

Birthplace: McKinney, Texas

Born: December 9, 1949

Died: N/A