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Nomination Criteria

The criteria for consideration is that each candidate shall: 1) Be an adult, male or female, of any race, color or creed, not necessarily living at the time of consideration; 2) Be at least 50 years of age at the time of consideration; 3) Be a resident of the territory served by the PNGA during the period of accomplishments; 4) Be an amateur golfer during the period of accomplishments; 5) Be a person who has brought recognition to the Pacific Northwest primarily through a) excellence in golf championship play at the national, regional, and/or state level; and/or b) outstanding contributions of time and effort in the advancement of golf, all with exemplary conduct.

If you have someone that meets this criteria and you would like to nominate them for the PNGA Hall of Fame please fill out the PNGA Hall of Fame Official Nomination Form and mail to:

Pacific Northwest Golf Association
Attn: Hall of Fame Committee
1010 S. 336th Street, Suite 310
Federal Way, WA 98003

…or email it to: shari.jacobson@thepnga.org

The PNGA has a long and rich past. With our place in the game, we also view ourselves as caretakers of Northwest golf history. As part of this mission, the PNGA administers the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame, which recognizes the game’s brightest stars from the region who have excelled at the highest level of golf competition. The Association conducts induction ceremonies every other year to honor individuals who have been nominated by the media and golfing public and then selected by the PNGA Hall of Fame Committee.

 

The Beginning of the PNGA Hall of Fame

The PNGA Hall of Fame was established in 1978 to recognize men and women from the Pacific Northwest who have made extraordinary contributions to the game of golf primarily through competitive accomplishments, with consideration also given for contributions made in a volunteer capacity.

 

The PNGA Hall of Fame Committee

The PNGA Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of volunteers from throughout the Northwest. The Committee meets periodically and selects individuals for induction every other year using specific criteria for consideration. The Committee is a standing committee of the Association and nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis by completing and submitting a Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

 

Current Hall of Fall Members

There are over 50 people currently in the PNGA Hall of Fame. They are all listed below (click “Read More” to view the full biographies):

 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N |
O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

 

Hilda (McAuslan) Beck, Inducted 2015

Hilda (McAuslan) Beck

Hilda (McAuslan) Beck played competitive golf from 1928 to 1957, winning her first state amateur title in 1929, and her last in 1957. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Miss Beck moved to Tacoma as a little girl. Her introduction to golf occurred when her father took her to an indoor driving range in the old Calhoun Hotel in Seattle, run by golf professional Curly Hueston. Said Hilda later, “I was virtually brought up on a golf course. My parents always played a great deal and we first belonged to Rainier (before) changing to Broadmoor when we moved (to Seattle)”… Read More.

 

Tom Brandes, Inducted 2015

Tom Brandes

Tom Brandes grew up with modest athletic success, and was only average in sports. He had two brothers and two sisters, and nobody in the family played golf. As a freshman at Marist High School in Eugene, Ore., his friends encouraged him to play on the school’s golf team, and that was when he played his first nine holes, shooting a 61 playing with borrowed clubs…. Read More.

 

Mary Budke, Inducted 2005

Mary Budke

“Teenagers are taking over the U.S. Women’s Amateur.” That was a cry from golf’s cognoscenti in the early 1970’s. In 1972 the same story as the previous year was told at St. Louis Country Club when Mary Budke, an 18-year-old sophomore at Oregon State University, defeated Cynthia Hill of St. Petersburg, Florida, 5 & 4, to win the nation’s title… Read More.

 

Albert “Scotty” Campbell, Inducted 1987

Albert Scotty Campbell

By 1932, Seattle golf enthusiasts believed Albert “Scotty” Campbell, an 18-year-old from Jefferson Park Golf Course, was an up-and-coming star and heir-apparent to the retired Bobby Jones… Read More.

 

JoAnne (Gunderson) Carner, Inducted 1999

JoAnne (Gunderson) Carner

The long and illustrious career of JoAnne (Gunderson) Carner, known widely as the “Great Gundy,” extended for more than 40 years. It was during her salad days, as a Northwest native and an amateur from 1954 to 1962, that she laid a foundation which led her to become one of golf’s all-time greatest players… Read More.

 

Peggy Conley, Inducted 2001

Peggy Conley

Why would a 29-year-old Peggy Conley forgo a safe and secure future for the uncertainty of the LPGA Tour? Why did she believe she could compete with the rising stars of the professional circuit? Was she allowing her free-spirited nature from the 1960’s to resurface in the 1970’s? …Read More.

 

Bruce Cudd, Inducted 1991

Bruce Cudd

Bruce Cudd, a 21-year-old University of Portland student at the time, made his selection to the team an easy one. He enjoyed a remarkable year in 1954, and remained at the top of his game throughout the early 1950’s. At Seattle’s Broadmoor Golf Club in 1954, he won the Western Amateur, the second most important amateur men’s event in the country at the time. Winning the Western almost guaranteed selection to the Walker Cup team… Read More.

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Culver, Inducted 1989

Liz Culver

For more than 15 years, Liz Culver contributed her time and effort as the PNGA’s Ladies’ Advisory Chairwoman to the PNGA Board of Directors. While performing this important volunteer function, she also competed in several association championships… Read More.

 

Charlie H. Davis, Inducted 1987

Charlie H. Davis

Mr. Davis was noted for his dedication and service to amateur golf. He was a popular figure and a respected leader during the years that he was part of the Pacific Northwest Golfing scene… Read More.

 

Mike Davis, Inducted 2017

Mike Davis

For Mike Davis, it seems he was born for a life in the game. “My dad joined Riverside Golf and Country Club in Portland when I was nine,” Davis recalls. “It made it real easy for me to play.” Mike attended Grant High School, at the time the largest high school in Oregon, where he lettered for three years in track and four years in golf. Then he was off to the University of Oregon… Read More.

 

Frank Dolp, Inducted 1978

Frank Dolp

In October 1996, the Northwest lost one of its greatest golf champions in Portland’s Frank Dolp. Dolp was not only one of the nation’s finest players during his era, but a gentleman in every respect… Read More.

 

Joan Edwards-Powell, Inducted 2003

Joan Edwards-Powell

Joan Edwards-Powell’s life in amateur golf has been a series of starts and stops. Most top players enjoy a steady progression of competitions en route to becoming championship-caliber performers. A seemingly innocent introduction to the game as a talented, athletic youngster leads to titles in junior, scholastic, regional and collegiate golf events. Who can predict what happens next? …Read More.

 

Henry Chandler Egan, Inducted in 1985

Henry Chandler Egan

For a 21-year period in the early 1900’s, the standard of golf excellence in the Northwest was defined by the “Grand Old Master,” Henry Chandler Egan. Playing in only 10 PNGA Men’s Amateur championships, Egan reached at least the semifinals in eight of them. The other two were in 1933 and 1934, at the end of his golfing prime… Read More.

 

Marcia Fisher, Inducted 2007

Marcia Fisher

Few players in Oregon golf history have accomplished more than Marcia Fisher. Her seven Oregon Women’s Amateur titles are second only to the great Mary Budke, of Eugene, Ore., who has eight and was inducted in the PNGA Hall of Fame in 2005. She also boasts an outstanding record in PNGA competition as a two-time winner and three-time medalist of the PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship… Read More.

 

Vera (Ramsay Hutchings) Ford, Inducted 1991

Vera Ramsay Hutchings Ford

The life of this quiet and unassuming champion golfer began in Dublin, Ireland, on March 2, 1896. In the early 1900’s, her family moved to the southern English coast. There, in 1912, golf became the passion of Vera Ramsay Hutchings Ford. For the next 30 years, in competitions spanning two continents, Vera made an indelible mark on the game… Read More.

 

Ken Forster, Inducted 2009

Ken Forster

A longtime native of Salem, Ore., Ken Forster recently retired from teaching and coaching golf for 28 years at the high school level. Ken was a 12-time Hudson Cup participant (selected as MVP in three of them) and hit his stride in the regional and national senior competitions. He has played in the U.S. Senior Open, was the low amateur in the 2000 British Senior Open and is a two-time PNGA Senior Player of the Year… Read More.

 

John Fought, Inducted 2009

John Fought

As an amateur golfer, John Fought’s record in Northwest events is quite sparse, as he never won a PNGA Men’s Amateur title. However, the Portlander’s accomplishments in golf are worthy because he’s one of only six men from the Northwest to win a U.S. Amateur, joining Bud Ward, Jack Westland, Bill Sander, Jeff Quinney and Ryan Moore… Read More.

 

Herb Fritz, Inducted 1997

Herb Fritz

Born in Salem, Oregon, Herb Fritz was a naval air gunner in long range flying boats in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war and, following graduation from the University of Washington and moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 1955, Fritz became a contractor and headed his own business. Along with six others, he developed Nico Wynd Estates, an upscale golf and residential development in White Rock, B.C., which includes nine-hole Nico Wynd Golf Course… Read More.

 

Harry Givan, Inducted 1978

Harry Givan

Harry Givan could best be described as a versatile performer who wore many hats during his illustrious golfing career. He was a caddie; a high school athlete who excelled in golf, basketball and baseball; a college graduate; an accomplished engineer; insurance broker, fund-raiser and campaign manager; opera singer; sports columnist; and last but certainly not least, a dedicated family man… Read More.

 

Connie (Oldershaw) Guthrie, Inducted 1997

Connie Oldershaw

During the summer of her 13th birthday, Connie Oldershaw was introduced to golf when her father took her out to a course. “I was lucky. I had parents who gave me lots of opportunities. I seemed to be a person who liked to do things and to have goals. I took violin and piano lessons. I was a figure skater. Then one day Dad took me to the golf course and after that, I was mostly interested in golf. He signed me up for lessons and I guess I just took to it like a duck to water”… Read More.

 

Dr. John Harbottle Jr., Inducted 1997

Dr. John Harbottle Jr.

Pacific Northwest Golf Hall-of-Fame member Don Krieger once offered insight into the differences between golf in previous eras and the game played today. “The good players in the 1950’s and 1960’s were shooting par or better to win tournaments. The players scoring in the mid-70s were not successful. Today, the senior golfers who are winning the events are those who maintained their ability to score in the mid-70s. The sub-par competitors from the earlier days are having trouble breaking 80. Why? The champions from other eras cannot putt”… Read More.

 

Patricia A. (Lesser) Harbottle, Inducted 1985

Patricia A. (Lesser) Harbottle

By the 1950’s, it was clear that American players were dominating women’s golf in the Northwest. From the early 1920’s through the mid-1930’s, women’s golf in the region had been dominated by two players from British Columbia: Violet Pooley Sweeny and Vera Hutchings Ford. Pooley and Ford had won tournaments by consistently posting scores in the low- to mid-80s… Read More.

 

Marian (McDougall) Herron, Inducted 1979

Marian (McDougall) Herron

Though Marian McDougall, a third-generation Waverley Country Club member, followed in the footsteps of her grandfather and father at the club, in her early teens horseback-riding was the family’s primary form of recreation. When her two brothers reached an age when they had to “go out to earn a living,” her father sold the horses and encouraged Marian to take up golf. Neil Christian, Waverley’s professional in 1928, did not have a junior golf program at the club per se. But, according to McDougall, “three or four of us were introduced to the game through him”… Read More.

 

George Holland, Inducted in 1997

George Holland

George Holland began his golfing career as a caddie at age 13 at Everett Golf & Country Club. He later won the the Everett City Amateur Championship and sharpened his game in Japan following World War II. In Japan, he played every day as a member of the 8th Army golf team. He absorbed some valuable advice from Pete Nakamura, who later beat Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead in winning the Canada Cup title for Japan in 1957… Read More.

 

Robert A. Hudson, Sr., Inducted 1978

Robert A. Hudson, Sr.

Robert Hudson was a student of life’s “old school,” feeling that success was acquired through hard work. With little formal education, Hudson went to work in 1901 for a Portland wholesale grocery company at the age of 14. He became the firm’s city sales manager by 19 and, a year later, risked all his savings to found the Hudson-Duncan Company, which now deals in everything from groceries to filbert orchards, bakeries to canneries. He once jokingly described himself as “just a prune merchant. Nobody, yet, has asked to see my pits”… Read More.

 

Betty Jean (Rucker) Hulteng, Inducted 1995

Betty Jean (Rucker) Hulteng

Betty Jean Rucker, known affectionately as “B.J.” to friends, began winning golf championships early on. Her victory in the 1939 Spokane Women’s City Amateur at the tender age of 15 captured front-page headlines in Spokane’s Daily Chronicle. She would also win that title each year between 1942 and 1944… Read More.

 

Charlie D. Hunter Jr., Inducted 2001

Charlie D. Hunter Jr.

Charles “Chuck” Hunter was a prominent Tacoma attorney and one of the Northwest’s finest amateurs during the heydays of the 1920’s and 1930’s. He was one of the City of Destiny’s all-time greatest golfers, winning Tacoma’s City Championship 10 times in 15 attempts between 1931 and 1945… Read More.

 

Edean (Anderson) Ihlanfeldt, Inducted 1985

Edean (Anderson) Ihlanfeldt

Golf came naturally to the petite, Montana blonde, Edean Anderson. The incentive to achieve stardom on the links was instilled at an early age by her father. “My father, who was an auto dealer, told me that he would give me a new convertible when I won my first state championship”… Read More.

 

Ruth Jessen, Inducted 2017

Ruth Jessen

One of five kids, Ruth Jessen took her first swings at the now-defunct Meadowbrook Golf Course, which was a half-block from her home in northeast Seattle. She honed her game and a wieldy reputation at Jackson Park Golf Course and Inglewood Golf Club. … Read More.

 

Christine Jones, Inducted 1993

Christine Jones

Christine Jones is an example of an individual who gained recognition among her peers; not for her golfing ability but for her devotion to junior golf in the Northwest. From 1943 to 1980 she served as a volunteer at her home club – Portland’s Columbia-Edgewater Country Club – as well as with the Oregon Women’s Golf Association, the PNGA, United States Golf Association, and Women’s Trans-National Golf Association… Read More.

 

Carl A. Jonson, Inducted 1987

Carl A. Jonson

Ah, to be a “swampboy.” It was the job coveted by all the caddies at Seattle Golf Club during the 1920’s. Being a swampboy meant being assigned to the ponds adjacent to either the 11th or 16th greens, and retrieving errant golf balls struck by members into what otherwise would have been watery graves. With the job came a small, flat raft, a pair of rubber boots, and a chance to find a few extra golf balls, which would be sold to the pro shop for a dime apiece. But the best part of the job was that swampboys were given golfing privileges at the club on selected days, something strictly forbidden for caddies… Read More.

 

Ernest A. Jonson, Inducted 1989

Ernest A. Jonson

Ah, to be a “swampboy.” It was the job coveted by all the caddies at Seattle Golf Club during the 1920’s. Being a swampboy meant being assigned to the ponds adjacent to either the 11th or 16th greens, and retrieving errant golf balls struck by members into what otherwise would have been watery graves. With the job came a small, flat raft, a pair of rubber boots, and a chance to find a few extra golf balls, which would be sold to the pro shop for a dime apiece. But the best part of the job was that swampboys were given golfing privileges at the club on selected days, something strictly forbidden for caddies… Read More.

 

Don Krieger, Inducted 1993

Don Krieger

From 1955 to 1970 Don Krieger was one of Oregon’s finest golfers. Considering his tigerish style of tearing into a golf course, it may come as a surprise to learn that Krieger had a very uncomplicated approach to the game. “I’ve always felt that golf is mostly mental, so I’ve tried to keep my game simple. I figure that only two things can happen when I step up to a ball, so I don’t wait around. If I hit it good, that’s wonderful. If it’s bad, well, that’s the way it goes sometimes”… Read More.

 

Jackie Little, Inducted 2017

Jackie Little

Growing up in Edmonton, Alta., Jackie Little was first brought to the golf course by her father, Denzel, who was a member of nearby Glendale Golf and Country Club. “He loved the game,” Jackie says, “and I think he just wanted to share it with me.”… Read More.

 

Arthur Vernon Macan, Inducted 1989

Arthur Vernon Macan

Every now and then, a personality emerges with such passion and conviction that he warrants being called a “renaissance man.” In Northwest golf circles, Arthur Vernon Macan was truly a renaissance man. Though he had considerable skills as a tournament golfer, Macan is best known for his brilliant golf course designs… Read More.

 

Roderick Macleay, Inducted 2001

Roderick Macleay

In 1912 Portland’s Spectator magazine continued a tradition by publishing short biographies of the most eligible local bachelors. Social graces of the time allowed a maiden to ask a gentleman’s hand in marriage, but only during leap years. Here was the Spectator’s “sales pitch” for one Roderick Macleay: “Four years ago, The Spectator offered to the contemplation of the buds and blooms a list of fine Leap Year bargains, and we are happy to say that the result was eminently satisfactory”… Read More.

 

Chris Maletis, Inducted 2015

Chris Maletis’ grandfather came to this country from Greece. He was not familiar with sports, but he did start playing golf. When Chris was 5-years old, his grandfather sawed off a club for him and began taking young Chris with him to the Gearhart (Ore.) Golf Links. His grandfather loved the game, and Chris was fond of his grandfather, and those early memories stayed with him… Read More.

 

Scott Masingill, Inducted 2003

Scott Masingill

Scott Masingill honed his interest in golf in 1963 when he was 12 years old. He and a cousin, Brad Masingill, took their first golf swings at the then newly-built Payette Golf Course. From that innocent beginning, the Treasure Valley native developed into one of Idaho’s finest-ever amateur golfers, amassing an impressive list of victories over the next three decades… Read More.

 

Jim McLean, Inducted 2003

Jim McLean

In the early 1970’s, Jim McLean became one of the most talented Northwest amateur golfers since Bruce Cudd, Dick Yost, Jack Westland and Harry Givan. As one who competed against all of these golfers over a couple decades of play, Dick Price described the young McLean in his prime. “I know this, Jim is the only player in the area [of such skill]. You have to go back a long way to find anyone in his class”… Read More.

 

Al Mengert, Inducted 2001

Al Mengert

On June 29, 1950, at Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C., one of the most memorable matches in the history of the PNGA was played. The two combatants, Ray Weston and 19-year-old Al Mengert, both from Spokane Country Club, battled for 40 holes in a monumental PNGA semifinal match before the duel was decided… Read More.

 

Gail (Harvey) Moore, Inducted 2009

Gail Moore

As a 16-year old, Gail Harvey Moore won the first of three consecutive Canadian Girls’ Junior titles in 1958. Gail would eventually be included on 21 provincial teams, 12 of which would be representing her adoptive province of British Columbia, where Moore moved with her husband in 1966… Read More.

 

Don Moe, Inducted 2001

Don Moe

Don Moe arrived on the local golf scene in 1925 when he beat Doug Nicol, 7 & 6, in the final of the Portland City Amateur Championship. He became even better known when he finished runner-up in the Oregon Amateur to Rudie Wilhelm in 1927. Moe broke through with his first Oregon Amateur win in 1928, then finished second in the same tournament to Doc Willing in 1929 and Johnny Robbins in 1933. Moe later won the Oregon Amateur in 1937… Read More.

 

Alison Murdoch, Inducted 2013

Alison Murdoch

Alison Murdoch has amassed tremendous success during her senior career. She has proven herself on both the national and international stage with a playing record which includes four Canadian Senior Women’s Championships and two Super Senior Championships. She has qualified for six USGA Senior Women’s Amateurs, is a four-time champion of the Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play and has also won the British Senior Women’s Amateur… Read More.

 

Kent Myers, Inducted in 2001

Kent Myers

Kent Myers was introduced to golf as a junior at North Salem High School in Oregon. He took an interest in the game after he was given a set of Stan Thompson persimmon woods and Bobby Jones irons by a teacher at North Salem. The teacher’s son had used them before he was killed in World War II. Myers said he “felt an obligation to play the game” after receiving the clubs… Read More.

 

Marilyn (Palmer) O’Connor, Inducted 2005

Marilyn (Palmer) O'Connor

The daughter of the head professional at Kamloops Golf Club, Marilyn Palmer O’Connor grew up with a golf club in her hand and has enjoyed an amateur career spanning over 35 years. In the late 1990’s as a senior golfer, she ranked among Canada’s top-five players in her division… Read More.

 

Erv Parent, Inducted 1995

Erv Parent

Erv Parent’s first taste of victory in tournament golf occurred in 1933. While still a student at Garfield High School in Seattle, he won the Men’s Club Championship at Overlake Golf & Country Club in Bellevue. In the 36-hole final match, Erv had a 5-up lead at the half-way point. But his opponent, Pat Manns, came back strong to square the match. Parent won the title on the second extra hole… Read More.

 

Dick Price, Inducted 2007

Dick Price

“The fiercest competitor I ever faced,” was how PNGA Hall of Fame member Don Krieger, of Portland, summed up what it was like facing Dick Price in a match. You could say when it came to golf, the long-time U.S. postal worker always delivered. He is the only player in Northwest golf history to have won both the Oregon and Washington State Men’s Amateur championships twice. His remarkable 13 appearances on Hudson Cup Amateur teams is testament to his standing as one of the finest players of his era… Read More.

 

Doug Roxburgh, Inducted 2011

Doug Roxburgh

Doug Roxburgh has set a standard in the region’s amateur golf world that will most likely not be matched. He won the BC Junior Amateur in 1969 and 1970, and the Canadian Junior Amateur in 1970. He won the BC Amateur in 1969, which was the first of his record 13 victories in this championship. He attended the University of Oregon on a golf scholarship but transferred to complete his degree at Simon Fraser University (in Burnaby, BC)… Read More.

 

Bruce Richards, Inducted 2013

Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards has been selected for induction for his accomplishments as a player and for his contributions to the game. He showed early promise on the golf course, qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1958 and 1960, and winning the 1960 PNGA Junior Amateur Championship, as well as being the Washington State High School champion in 1960 and ’61… Read More.

 

Anne (Quast) Sander, Inducted 1999

Anne (Quast) Sander

Anne Sander’s remarkable golf career spanned several decades and included championships at the state, regional, national and international levels. Because of her myriad accomplishments, Anne was a major influence on Northwest golf. And, along the way, the PNGA and the Northwest golf scene helped her become one of the premier amateur women players in the latter half of the 20th Century. Anne (Quast) Sander, JoAnne (Gunderson) Carner, and Marlene (Stewart) Streit of Canada were amateur golf’s “Golden Girls” during this period… Read More.

 

Jean Smith, Inducted 2005

Jean Smith

Jean Smith grew up playing tennis in St. Louis, Missouri, but gradually transitioned to golf after receiving a set of clubs for her 16th birthday. Since moving from the Midwest to the Boise, Idaho, area, Smith has experienced golfing success at the state, regional and national levels. Her many victories include seven IGA Women’s Amateur Championships, two IGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, a PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, six Women’s Western Amateur Senior Championships, and the 1995 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship… Read More.

 

Ann Swanson, Inducted 2007

Ann Swanson

Ann Swanson’s resume of championship victories covers a remarkable four decades. While she has enjoyed much success at the national level, including three appearances in the USGA Women’s Open, it has been in state and regional competitions where her golf talents have shined the brightest. Her combined 21 victories in individual state and city championships are unparalleled. She has also earned four PNGA championship trophies for good measure… Read More.

 

Violet (Pooley) Sweeny, Inducted 1989

Violet (Pooley) Sweeny

Three players dominated the first 50 years of the PNGA’s Women’s Championship. Violet Pooley Sweeny, Vera Hutchings Ford and Marian MacDougall Herron won 18 championships between them. From the newspaper accounts of these events, it’s abundantly clear these Northwest women golfers were shining examples of how to play the game. Over the years, golfers from throughout the continent invaded the Northwest to upset this troika of champions. But, in most instances, their efforts were futile… Read More.

 

Joan Teats, Inducted 1995

Joan Teats

Though able to list an Idaho Women’s Amateur Championship victory on her resume, it was primarily Joan Teats’ non-playing contributions to Northwest golf that earned her induction in the PNGA Hall of Fame in 1995… Read More.

 

Margaret Todd, Inducted 2011

Margaret Todd

Margaret Todd is one of the Northwest’s most accomplished golfers. She represented Canada in 1951 in matches against the British Curtis Cup Team, the 1953 Commonwealth championships in England, and was a three-time captain of the Canadian National Team. Todd won three BC Women’s Amateur championships (1947, 1948 and 1949) and was runner-up five times… Read More.

 

Jack Walters, Inducted 1987

Jack Walters

In the golf world, left-handed players haven’t always received the acceptance they deserve. But Jack Walters was instrumental in breaking down such barriers. Furthermore, his accomplishments in life exceeded those he achieved in golf. Walters’ achievements as an exemplary citizen were recognized in 1963 when he was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Hall of Fame… Read More.

 

Marvin H. “Bud” Ward, Inducted 1979

Marvin H. 'Bud' Ward

When Marvin “Bud” Ward entered the 1937 U.S. Open in Philadelphia, neither he nor golf’s observers had a clue who he was or how he’d do. But Ward went out and shot 69-73-71-72 to finish a shot behind the illustrious trio of Byron Nelson, Craig Wood and Dennis Shute, and suddenly rocketed onto the national golf scene… Read More.

 

Jo Ann Washam, Inducted 2011

JoAnn Washam

A native of Auburn, Wash., Jo Ann Washam won the club championship at Auburn Golf Course at age 13. She won the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur in 1967, then won the PNGA Women’s Amateur in 1970 and 1971. Washam attended Washington State University on an Evans Caddie Scholarship, the first woman from the Pacific Northwest to receive this scholarship… Read More.

 

Jack Westland, Inducted 1978

Jack Westland

Few Northwest golfers achieved the extended success enjoyed by Jack Westland. The careers of most of the region’s champions spanned 10 years or so. In most cases, after a decade, the “old guard” gave way to a new crop of rising stars, with the standard of play rising with the up-and-coming players. Jack Westland was the exception… Read More.

 

C. Harold Weston Jr., Inducted 1997

C. Harold Weston Jr.

From just about the time Harold Weston was born on August 7, 1916, golf was an important part of his life. Weston was a champion in many ways. He was a track star at the University of Oregon, and won his first golf tournament as a junior member at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland. Harold won the 1956 Oregon Coast Invitational, and later was champion of the Junior-Senior Division and Senior Division of the Oregon Coast Invitational… Read More.

 

Carole Jo (Kabler) Whitted, Inducted 2009

CaroleJo Whitted

Carole Jo Kabler made an auspicious debut on Oregon’s golfing scene as a young 16-year-old, serving notice that she was an up-and-coming star by posting some incredible scores. After winning the 1954 Oregon Junior Girls’ title, she added the Portland Women’s City Amateur title at Eastmoreland Golf Course, beating Mrs. Dick Grubbs of Rose City Golf Course in the final by shooting an amazing six-under-par 69 en route to an 8 & 7 victory… Read More.

 

Rudie Wilhelm, Inducted 2001

Rudie Wilhelm

Oregonian sportswriter George Cowne once expressed insights into Rudie Wilhelm’s productive golf career: “Watching Rudie bang out one of his patented long drives to the center of the fairway or to see him place a well-struck iron next to the flag, one would scarcely believe that this Oregon champion had begun the game as a left-hander”… Read More.

 

Dr. Oscar F. Willing, Inducted in 1993

Dr. Oscar F. Willing

Oscar Willing began playing golf at an early age. His family lived near Waverley Country Club in Portland and, as a youngster, he’d earn spare change by caddying at the club. He soon developed a flair for the game that would lead him to the top echelon of Northwest golf… Read More.

 

Bill Wright, Inducted 2013

Bill Wright

In winning the 1959 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Bill Wright made history by becoming the first African-American to win a USGA national championship. Bill was one of the first participants in Fir State’s junior golf program at Seattle’s Jefferson Park GC in the 1950s, and within a year after picking up the game he was the city’s Junior champion… Read More.

 

Richard “Dick” Yost, Inducted 1991

Dick Yost

Dick Yost became interested in golf as a sophomore at Central High School in Portland. After being diagnosed with a heart murmur during a physical examination he took before joining Central High’s basketball team, Yost switched to golf. His move to the sport was helped by the location of his home, which was near Rose City Golf Course. This unique set of circumstances led Yost, a fine athlete, to a wonderful amateur golf career… Read More.

 

Grace (DeMoss) Zwahlen, Inducted 1993

Grace (DeMoss) Zwahlen

In 1945 following the war, two women rose to prominence on the regional golf scene. Besides garnering their share of titles, Grace (pronounced “Gracie”) DeMoss and Edean Anderson helped set in motion a tide of Northwest women golfers whose excellence would be felt across North America. Ruth Jessen, Pat Lesser, JoAnne Gunderson, Anne Quast, Carol Jo Kabler and Peggy Conley dominated American golf in the1950’s, and helped make this period the “Golden Age for Women’s Golf in the Pacific Northwest”… Read More.

 

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