Dave Marr Jr.

Runner-up in the Masters Tournament in 1964. PGA Golfer of the Year and member of the Ryder Cup team in 1965. Non-playing captain of the Ryder Cup team in 1981. Dave is second cousin to Jack Burke, Jr. and Dave’s father was once as assistant pro under Burke’s father at River Oaks Country Club. Dave Marr Jr. took head pro jobs at Baytown Country Club and Beaumont Country Club before returning to River Oaks and serving under Sam Schniede.

Dave Marr Jr. is a man on the go. In 1977, Golf Digest Magazine named him Best Broadcaster. Dave was a part-timer on the Senior Tour. He was also a partner of Jay Riviere in the golf course architecture business in Houston. Dave has been one of the world’s leading golf commentators for ABC Sports since the early 1970s. He also served as Tournament Director for the Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament on the LPGA Tour.

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: December 27, 1933

Died: October 5, 1997

Henry Homberg

Henry Homberg worked as a caddy at the old Beaumont Municipal and did everything pro John Spiller asked just so he could hang around the golf shop. Upon graduation from High School Homberg took a job at the Magnolia Refinery and only played golf on the weekend. That was not enough. Homberg took over as head pro at the course. Six months later the city also gave him control of its new municipal layout Tyrrell Park. In the meantime, Homberg set out to promote the game he loved, working especially with junior players.

Beginning in 1942, Hombert at his own expense, took a flock of junior players to the annual Texas State Junior Championship in San Antonio. Beaumonters were so taken with Homberg’s generosity that they gave him their gas ration coupons during the war years so Henry could continue to take his kids on their special journey to the Alamo City. Those annual treks went on for more than 20 years. In 1950, the Beaumont Municipal closed and Homberg moved full-time to Tyrrell Park Municipal where he severed until retirement in 1982. PGA Champion Dave Marr, touring pro Bert Weaver, NCAA Division II champion Mike Nugent, LSU golf coach Britt Harrison and Texas Golf Hall of Famer Bruce Lietzke are among the thousands of junior players that were influenced by Homberg.

Homberg, who help every office in the Sabine-Neches Chapter of the Southern Texas PGA, was paid the ultimate compliment when Tyrrell Park Municipal was renamed Henry Homberg Municipal in 1983. Lamar University also hosts the Henry Homberg Intercollegiate each year.

Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas

Born: ?

Died: ?

Henry Ransom

Henry Ransom grew up in the Houston suburb of Harrisburg and caddied as a boy at “old” Houston CC. He and pal Jimmy Demaret knocked around Galveston as youths, and Henry worked as a danced in a comic adagio act for extra money. Although Ransom only weighed 140 lbs at the time, he also boxed professionally under the name of “Hammerin’ Henry.” He had a record of six wins in eight matches but when he learned he must leave Houston to find boxing’s big money he quit the ring in favor of staying close to his widowed mother.

Ransom eventually turned pro in 1932. His golf swing was a personal creating – something “put together” by watching and mimicking good players, improving on their techniques if possible. Following a sting in the Navy WWII, Ransom won 12 events, seven of them official PGA Tour tournaments. He captured the Texas PGA and Texas Open in1941, the Texas PGA again in 1956, and the Texas Senior PGA in 1961. In 1951, Ransom played on the victorious Ryder Cup team, which allowed the British a mere 2 ½ points in competition.

Ransom is also well known for coaching the Texas A&M golf team from 1960-72 where he won six Southwest Conference titles, including four straight. Ransom also taught players such as Bobby Nichols, Dave Hill and Frank Stranahan.

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Born: February 25, 1911

Died: December 21, 1987

Mary Ann Morrison

Originally from New Orleans, Mary Ann Morrison was a preeminent figure in women’s amateur golf in Texas from 1960 until the 1980’s. Morrison, a member of Houston CC, won 23 of 27 Houston City Championships during that span. All but one of those titles was won at Memorial Park GC and the tournament was joking dubbed the “Morrison Benefit Tournament.” Morrison dominated Houston Country Club play, winning all but four women’s titles from 1957-81, including a stretch of 13 straight beginning in 1969. Competing as Mrs. Jon Rathmell, Mary Ann began her reign as queen of Texas Women’s GA Championship in 1957 as Medalist (73) at Abilene CC. She repeated as medalist in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1972.

Mary Ann continued her dominance by eraing medalist honors again in 1976 and 1981. The fact non of her TWGA titles wer won on either her home course or even in her hometown of Houston makes her acievments even more noteworthy. Mary Ann also won the TWGA Match Play tournament in 1961, 1966-1969, 1971, 1977, and 1987. She also reached the finals in 1960 and in 1964. Mary Ann also claimed the 1969 Southern Amateur title.

Mary Ann also competed in the 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in North Carolina.

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Born: September 24, 1932

Died: February 15, 2019