b'MIKE GOVE first walked onto a golf course when he was seven years old. He soon started working as a caddie at Sand Point Country Club, something which he continued to do even during his college years. Gove qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur three years in a row (1972, 1973, 1974), making it to the quarterfinals in the 1974 national championship. At Weber State University, he was the Big Sky Conference champion in 1976, and was named First Team All-American three years in a row (1976-1978). In the fall of his junior year, Gove won all five tournaments he played in, and would eventually accumulate 11 individual collegiate titles. In 1978, he won the Pacific Coast Amateur, held that year at Sahalee Country Club, finishing 15 shots ahead of the second-place finisher, a stunningly dominant performance against a field that included future World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples. He finished runner-up in the 1979 Western Amateur and earned a spot on the 1979 U.S. Walker Cup team, on which he played a pivotal role. This earned Gove an automatic invitation to play in the 1980 Masters. The Monday following the Masters, he turned professional. Gove played on the PGA TOUR until 1986, before starting a career as a PGA club professional, with long tenures at Astoria (Ore.) Golf and Country Club and since 2002 has been the director of golf at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. Rarely has one person accomplished so much at such a high level in service to the Professional Golfers Association, playing and promoting the game of golf as MARK GARDNER. He has served 18 years in Inland Empire Chapter governance, including three terms as president and chairing four committees. He also spent 10 years on the Pacific Northwest Section board of directors. An accomplished player, Gardner won the 1998 Section Championship, where he qualified for the PGA Championship. He is a 10-time participant in the Hudson Cup and Senior Hudson Cup Matchesearning the prestigious Bob McKendrick Awardand won Inland Empire Chapter Player of the Year honors seven times. A tireless promoter of golf, Gardner co-founded the Rosauers Open and the IEPGA Assistant Championship. As director of golf at The Creek at Qualchan, he hosted the WIAA State High School championships 10 times and the U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying three times. He co-founded The First Tee of the Inland Northwest, also serving on its board of directors, as well as the boards of directors of multiple other Spokane-area organizations promoting youth sports.PAT ODONNELL started strong in the game, left it for a while, and then came back to build an unmatched amateur career. He played on the mens golf team for two years at Mt. Hood Community College, and competed in the 1972 U.S. Amateur, then briefly entered the PGA apprentice program. He left the game in 1978, regained his amateur status, got married, had two children, and began a long career working in the Boeing facility in northeast Portland. Despite the layoff, he still won a couple of club championships in the 1990s, but then took another hiatus from the game for a few years. But when ODonnell turned 50 in late 2003, he was ready to play. His first state title came in 2007, when he won the Oregon Stroke Play Championship, and the floodgates opened. Over the next 15 years, he compiled a list of victories unmatched in regional golf circles, winning 23 state titles in Oregon, qualifying for 11 USGA national championships, finishing runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur, and earning a spot on 15 Senior Hudson Cup teams. ODonnell was named PNGA Senior Mens Player of the Year three times (2009, 2016, 2019).Visit thePNGA.org and PNWPGA.com for a complete list of Hall of Fame members, along with their accomplishments and biographies.JUNE 2022 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER15'