Bill Eschenbrenner

A former caddie at Worth Hills Municipal Golf Course in Fort Worth, a facility made famous by author Dan Jenkins, Eschenbrenner made a career path to professional golf through his association and friendship with many of the premier players in the Lone Star State, including legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.

”I was fortunate to have known top Professionals, and I just wanted to be like them,” said Eschenbrenner. “Had I not had golf, I’m sure I would have been in the pool halls forever. I was friends with Ben Hogan, and knew him well. Just as I am a friend of Byron Nelson, and individuals like Ernie Vossler (1967 PGA Golf Professional of the Year), Fred Hawkins and Orville Moody. They guided me. The PGA of America card meant a lot to me, and being a member, I was able to set goals and pretty high standards. I am very honored to win this national award. I always tried to give back, and that feeling comes from those PGA professionals who got me started.”

Eschenbrenner, a PGA member since 1965, was also the 1994 national Horton Smith Award winner for contributions to PGA education. He has served as both a premier instructor and mentor to many of the games premier players. He is credited by Lee Trevino for helping him gain a PGA Tour berth.

Eschenbrenner helped Trevino attain PGA membership in the late 1960's, during a period when such membership was required to compete on the PGA Tour.

The list of Tour professionals under Eschenbrenner's tutelage features eight current players, including 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem, a former PGA assistant professional at El Paso (Texas) Country Club, where Eschenbrenner served 35 years as PGA director of golf and five years as consultant.

The developer of a city-wide junior golf program in El Paso, Eschenbrenner also served on the board of the El Paso Sun Bowl and Sun Carnival Association. In 1974, he founded the NCAA College All-American Golf Tournament, an event that has returned $546,000 in golf scholarships (prior to this fall’s tournament) to participating college programs. Past tournament champions include: Tiger Woods, Jerry Pate, David Duval, Davis Love III and Scott Simpson. 

From 1976-77, Eschenbrenner served as president of the Sun County PGA Section, was District 12 Director for the national PGA Board of Directors (1995-97), and was a past board member of the Southwest PGA Section from 1965-74. He is one of the most respected instructors at PGA education seminars and employment workshops. 

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: 1948

Died: N/A

Carol Mann

Mann turned pro in 1960 and joined the LPGA Tour in 1961. She won her first tournament in 1964 at theWomen's Western Open, a major championship at the time. She would go on to win a total of 38 events on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships. She earned the LPGA Vare Trophy in 1968 for lowest scoring average and was the tour's leading money winner in 1969. She led the tour in wins three times, 1968 with ten (tied with Kathy Whitworth), 1969 with eight, and 1975 with four (tied with Sandra Haynie). She was the LPGA's president from 1973 to 1976. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977. Her final competitive appearance came in 1981.

Mann resides in The Woodlands, Texas. She was a long-time student of golf instructor Manuel de la Torre. She received the "First Lady of Golf Award" from the PGA of America in 2008.

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Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Born: February 3, 1941

Died: May 20, 2018

Carolyn Creekmore

Carolyn Creekmore is a native of Ft. Smith, AR., now living in Dallas. Started golf as a child, but did not play in high school or college. Turned pro in her mid‐twenties, now competes as a reinstated amateur. Accomplishments include: USGA Sr. Am Championship winner ’04, finalist ’09; 4 time USGA Mid Am quarter finalist (most recently ’10); Member of ’08‐’12 SWIM team (Sr. Women Invitational Matches ~ N. America vs. Europe, Ryder Cup format); WTGA TX State Am Championship winner ‘95; TWAGA State Am winner ’97; WTGA TX State Sr. Am Championship winner ’03‐’06; Southern Sr. Am Championship winner ’08; Doherty Sr Am Championship winner ’09; Southern Am semifinalist ’10; numerous city championships; four time Brook Hollow club champ. Carolyn has been inducted into both the Texas & Arkansas Golf Hall of Fames. She has played on all twenty one Texas Cup teams.

Birthplace: Ft. Smith, Arkansas

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Frances Trimble

Frances G. Trimble is a sixth generation Texan with family roots that stretch to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and the Canary Islands. History is ingrained in her. She's a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the First Families of Tennessee.

Her passion for history is also reflected in writing about golf.

Featured in the May, 2010 issue of Golf World Magazine was a column written by Trimble describing a course laid out for an exhibition round of golf in San Antonio in 1887, a year prior to the documented existence of golf in Yonkers, NY. 

Was golf played elsewhere in America prior to 1887?
"Probably, yes," says Trimble, adding, "I just have not found the evidence yet."

Trimble is Historian Emeritus of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and in October 2010 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the category of service to golf.

Harless Wade

Harless Ainsworth Wade is the son of Rev. John Emsley Wade and Carrie Faye (Hunt) Wade Callaway. He served in the US Army during World War II.

Harless Wade, a sportswriter whose name was synonymous with Texas golf for almost four decades, passed away March 28, 2009, at the age of 80. He was born Harless Ainsworth Wade in Wichita Falls, TX, on December 21, 1928, but spent much of his formative years in Commerce, TX.

Wade began his journalism career at Commerce's East Texas State University, where he was editor of the school newspaper before graduating in 1950 with a degree in speech and journalism. After three years at the Abilene Reporter-News, Wade joined The Dallas Morning News in time for the 1956 football season. While at The News, Wade earned more than 50 national, regional and state writing awards, including the lone Star Conference Sportswriter of the Year and the Northern Texas PGA Media Award four times. He retired from The Dallas Morning News in 1994.

Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas

Born: December 21, 1928

Died: March 28, 2009

Mark Brooks

Brooks was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a three-time All-American as a member of the golf team. He turned professional in 1983.

Brooks has seven wins on the PGA Tour, including one major, the 1996 PGA Championship. He was a member of the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 1996.

During his thirties, Brooks began a second career in golf course design, and was a partner in the firm of Knott-Linn-Brooks House based in Palo Alto, California. His first major project, the Southern Oaks Golf Club outside Fort Worth, opened in 1999 and was highly acclaimed. In his late forties, he began splitting his playing time between the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He lives in Fort Worth.

After his 50th birthday in 2011, Brooks joined the Champions Tour. He came close to his first victory in June at the Principal Charity Classic, but bogeys on his final two holes allowed Bob Gilder to win by one shot. The solo 2nd-place finish was Brooks' best on any tour since his runner-up finish to Retief Goosen at the 2001 U.S. Open. In August 2014, Brooks again finished in solo second on the Champions Tour, after losing a sudden death playoff to Scott Dunlap at the Boeing Classic.

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Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: March 25, 1961

Died: N/A

Toni Wiesner

It took Toni Wiesner 12 tries before winning her first WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1985.  She would add four more titles by 2003.  Her five championships are the third most in the history of the event.  Only Edna Lapham (7) and Mary Ann Morrison (9) have won more.  Toni’s accomplishments on the golf course are among the most impressive of any golfer of any era.  Outside of Texas, her titles include the Women’s Southern Championship, Mexican Amateur, Broadmoor Invitational, Doherty Cup and International Four-Ball.  She was a perennial USGA championship contender, and finalist for more than 30 years. 

Toni was as celebrated for her attitude, wisdom and sportsmanship as she was for her championship titles.  As collegiate players continued to excel and their participation in amateur competitive events grew, Wiesner was asked how she felt about competing against younger players.  She said, “Golf is a lifetime in which age doesn’t matter”.  On the way to her first State Amateur title in 1985, Toni said, “I like to think of myself as my opponent.  If I don’t get the job done, I can’t blame anyone else but myself”. Toni gave back to golf through service on the USGA Junior Girls Committee and as a mentor, encourager and role model for countless women in Texas. 

Toni passed away in 2009 leaving a legacy of class, character and a fierce competitive spirit.  The Women’s Texas Golf Association provides two junior golf programs in her honor.  The Wiesner’s Winners program identifies outstanding participants in selected LPGA / USGA Girls Golf sites across Texas.  The Toni Wiesner Cup is awarded to the winning team at the annual Texas Challenge, a statewide competition for participants in these Girls Golf Sites.  The world of golf and the world in general all benefit when young girls are introduced to the game Toni loved and are shown how to be true champions. 

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Birthplace: ?

Born: 1947

Died: July 28, 2009

Warren Cantrell

Warren David Cantrell, who died in 1967 at the age of 61, came late to the game of golf. He had been an athlete in high school, had a career in engineering, and then, at age 39, accepted a job as golf pro at Abilene Country Club.

He also designed golf courses and had a hand in such courses as Hillcrest Country Club, Lovington Country Club, Andrews County Golf Course, Meadowbrook Canyon Creek at Canyon, Lubbock Country Club, Ranchland Hill Golf Course in Midland and Tascosa Golf Course in Amarillo.

According to son Bill Cantrell, his father served in various offices of the PGA, including its presidency.

“He signed a contract for the World Series of Golf nationally, which would have been 1964,” he said. “The prize money for the PGA National Golf Tournament was $20,000 that year. Now it’s well over $1 million.”

Warren Cantrell also had a background in carpentry, which came from his father, and was shared in by his four brothers.

“He had his own construction and building company by the age of 21,” Bill Cantrell said. “Then the Depression hit when he was about 25 and closed his company. He just struggled along, taking anything to do to make a living for his family for about a year. Then he got a job with David Castle in Abilene as an intern engineer.”

Cantrell is credited with a vital role in bringing golf to television.

Pat Cantrell said, “He really pushed that, and that’s when we began to see him on television.”

Cantrell was active in arranging with television networks for the broadcast of golf tournaments, an industry-changing factor.

He is credited with negotiating contracts for the PGA in a role that was considered one of his greatest contributions to golf.

“He helped bring some order to it,” Bill Cantrell said.

According to Pat Cantrell, her father-in-law was often an influence in their home.

“When he was here, he usually sat right there,” she said in pointing to a chair at their dining room table. “We always had prayer, and he always had something historical or something biblical to say to the whole family when we gathered.”

Bill Cantrell said his father had another interest when he was a young cowboy on the Swenson Ranches near Stamford during the summers. “He loved Western poetry as well as golf.”

The Cantrells feel it is a family honor for Warren Cantrell’s induction into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

“Golf is what he really loved,” Bill Cantrell said. “He was a good designer, a good engineer. He did that well, and it paid off in golf course design.”

Birthplace: Hillsboro, Texas

Born: 1906

Died: 1967

Will Symons Sr.

Will Symons Sr., founded the former Laurel Heights Golf Club (the first private golf club in San Antonio), which opened in 1911 just north of downtown (the current site of San Antonio College).

Symons gained valuable golf experience in the Midwest and put that to use running his privately owned daily-fee facility, the first in the state.

Laurel Heights attracted many of the top pros of the day from the Northeast who were down to play and visit during the winter months.  Jack Burke, Sr., and his brothers Tom and Edmond all paid visits to Laurel Heights before 1920, and Boston’s Tom Lally was another regular visitor before becoming head pro at San Antonio Country Club.

In 1913, San Antonio’s first city championship was held at Laurel Heights with the San Antonio Light reporting that Will Symons, Jr., slogged through wet weather to capture the first city title with clubs made by his father at the Symons Golf Shop.

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