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