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Meet inaugural class of Idaho Golf Hall of Fame

After more than a century of golf in Idaho, legends from both the amateur and professional ranks will be honored in the inaugural class of the Idaho Golf Hall of Fame.

These individuals are not only being recognized for their accomplishments on the golf course but also for their efforts to grow the game and build up our increasingly vibrant community. The Idaho Golf Association believes it is essential to give permanence to those legacies and is proud to introduce the following inductees. (Click here for photos and complete bios of inductees.)

SCOTT MASINGILL (Payette, ID) has claim to nine Idaho Men’s Amateur victories, which are his crowning achievements in a golf career that included additional IGA victories, a PNGA championship (1997 PNGA Master-40 Champion), and time spent professionally on the PGA TOUR Champions (2001-06).

JEAN LANE SMITH (Eagle, ID) is the only Idahoan, male or female, to win a USGA Championship, the 1995 Senior Women’s Amateur; she also found the winner’s circle a record seven times at the Idaho Women’s Amateur Championship and five times at the Idaho Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.

KAREN DARRINGTON (Boise, ID) is the all-time leader in “major” amateur titles in Idaho with 21 to her name: six Idaho Women’s Amateur Championships, six Idaho Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships and nine Idaho Women’s Senior Amateur Championships. Darrington is also a 16-time Lamey Cup Player for Team Idaho.

JOE MALAY (Weiser, ID) has not only had success on the course by winning the 1986 Men’s Amateur Championship, seven IGA Four-Ball Championships, and representing Team Idaho on at least 50 different cup teams, he is also the co-founder of the Idaho Junior Golf Foundation, an organization that funds junior golf programs throughout the state of Idaho.

SHIRLEY ENGLEHORN, LPGA (Caldwell, ID) was an 11-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including one major championship in 1970 (LPGA Championship), and has been recognized as an elite teaching professional (LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame, 2014). She also won three consecutive Idaho Women’s Amateur Championships from 1956-58. Won the 1968 Ben Hogan Award.

ARNOLD HANEKE, PGA (Boise, ID) brought regional recognition to Hillcrest Country Club where he served as its head professional for nearly 30 years—becoming a figurehead of golf throughout the state. He was also recognized as a gifted instructor, teaching the likes of fellow inductee Shirley Englehorn and Olympian Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

WAYNE BERRY (Eagle, ID) was appointed as the first executive director of the Idaho Golf Association and received honorary membership in the RMSPGA. Before serving as a rules official on the PGA Tour, Berry was one of Idaho’s preeminent experts on the rules of golf. Berry also served as the tour director of the Hogan Tour (now Korn Ferry) until his retirement in 1998, a role that allowed him to bring a professional event to his home state.

Coming later this year, inductees and their families will gather in celebration to enshrine each honoree. Information about the event will be released at a later date. The Idaho Golf Hall of Fame will induct individuals once every four years with the next induction taking place in 2028.

About the Idaho Golf Association

The IGA is a 501 (C)(7) non-profit organization founded in 1969 with the goal of being an all- encompassing and governing body for amateur golf in Idaho. Its mission is to engage, enhance and grow the Idaho golf community. The IGA is a member association of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, and comprises about 23,000 members and 81 member courses.