Brian C. Chalifoux was born and raised in North Adams, Massachusetts. He first became interested in golf as a young adult, after participating in a golf league as an employee at General Electric. His newfound interest in the game sparked his love of agriculture and prompted him to enroll in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, with a degree in Turfgrass Science. After graduating from Stockbridge, Chalifoux became an Assistant Professional at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, under the leadership of Richard Bator. After serving as an assistant from ’78 to ’80, Chalifoux went on to become a golf course superintendent at South Bend Country Club in South Bend, Indiana for two years (’81-’82). He then went on to work as a superintendent at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois from ’83 to ’87. His career then took him back to Indiana in ‘88, where he served as superintendent for 31 years at Fort Wayne Country Club. Throughout Chalifoux’s career, a huge emphasis was placed on mentoring his assistants and helping them become superintendents or other promotions within the industry. In total, 18 of his former assistants have gone on to become superintendents. Chalifoux also prides himself on his involvement with the Hoosier GCSAA, serving as both Vice President and eventually President (’90). In 2018, Chalifoux was recognized with the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Distinguished Service Award. His career motto was to, “work hard, lead, train, and keep your eye on the prize.”
Cathy Gerring was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She learned the game of golf from her father, Bill Kratzert, at an early age. During her junior golf career, Gerring won two Indiana State Junior Championships (’76, ’77) and went on to play collegiate golf at Ohio State University. There, Gerring was a two-time medalist at the Big Ten Conference Championship (’82, ’83), an NCAA First Team All-American (’83), and was named Ohio State University’s Athlete of the Year (’83). In 1984, Gerring took her shot on the LPGA Tour, finishing 12th at LPGA Qualifying and earning an exempt status for the 1985 tournament season. Throughout her LPGA career, Gerring was a three-time LPGA Champion (the Lady Keystone Open, Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic, and the Trophee Urban World Championship). After giving birth to her first child, Zachary, Gerring only competed in six events in 1988, but went on to grab four top-20 finishes in 1989 and was named the 1990 LPGA Bounce Back Player of the Year. That same year, Gerring was selected to participate in the Inaugural Solheim Cup at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Led by Captain Kathy Whitworth, the United States defeated Europe 11.5 to 4.5 points. This is one of Gerring’s most proud career moments to date. In ’92, Gerring suffered severe burns on her face and hands during a fire incident in April. She did not return to competition until ’96. In ’97, Gerring was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2004, she was also inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence as the first female inductee.
Erika Wicoff was born in Joliet, Illinois and was raised in Hartford City, Indiana. She began playing golf when she was only four years old. Wicoff had a successful junior golf career, winning the Indiana State Junior Championship back-to-back years (’88, ’89), finishing runner-up the following two years (’90, ’91), and also adding two runner-up finishes at the IHSAA State Finals to her junior golf resume (’90, ’91). She went on to play collegiate golf at Indiana University, where she was a Big Ten Conference Champion three years in a row (’93, ’94, ’95), Big Ten Freshman of the Year (’93), three-time Big Ten Player of the Year (’94, ’95, ‘96), two-time NCAA First Team All-American (’95, ‘96), and Indiana University Athlete of the Year (’96). Wicoff also finished fourth at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in ’95. During her summer breaks, Wicoff was busy succeeding in state and national events, adding three consecutive Indiana Women’s State Amateur titles to her credit (’93, ’94, ’95), a win at the Judy Schock Ohio Girl’s Championship (’93), and medalist honors at back-to-back USGA Women’s Amateur Championships (’94, ’95). In 1996, Wicoff decided to further her golf career by turning professional and won the Futures Betty Puskar Championship that same year. In 1997, she earned an exemption for the 1997 LPGA tournament season. Throughout her LPGA career (’97-’01, ’03), Wicoff had five top-ten finishes, and participated in five US Women’s Open Championships. In 2006, Wicoff was inducted into the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was also inducted into the Blackford High School Hall of Fame, and in 2018 she was inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Coaches
Association Hall of Fame.
John L. Dunham is a native of Cincinnati, OH. Dunham began playing golf at the age of 12. Sneaking onto golf courses, playing golf until dark, caddying and using the ball diamond at an orphanage as his training ground - that's how his golf passion began. Dunham was unable to afford golf lessons. He earned a golf scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and was a member of the men's golf team from 1961-1965, including the team Captain in 1965. He earned a master’s degree, University of Cincinnati, in 1966. Dunham began his professional career as an assistant at Maketewah Country Club in the fall of 1970 and at Kenwood Country Club from 1971-1973 in Cincinnati, OH. During his time as an assistant, he was a 3 time champion of the Assistant's Championship of the Southern Ohio PGA Cincinnati Chapter. He was also a member of the Mashburn Cup Team matches. During his early years as an assistant is where his passion for golf instruction began where he gave between 400 - 1,200 private lessons per year. In 1974, at the age of 30, he was hired to be the head professional at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis. He worked there for 34 years before retiring in 2007. Dunham served as president of the Indiana PGA Section from 1981-1982. He was the 1983 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year and the 2004 Indiana PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award winner. He was a member of the IGA/PGA Executive Board of Directors for eight years and served as a delegate to the National PGA of America meeting. Dunham is most well-known and respected for his instruction of the game of golf. Throughout his career, John has given approximately 28,000 private golf lessons. Dunham is a four-time winner of the Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year Award (1988, 1991, 1994 and 2007). Dunham has been recognized by Golf Digest annual publication, Best Teachers in America and State, as the #1 Teacher in the state of Indiana approximately 16 times. He has also been recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the best teachers in the state.
Jeff Cook began his golf career in Muncie, Indiana. He joined the Warren Central High School golf team, where he was named to the IHSAA All-State Team two years in a row (’79, ’80). During his junior year, his team finished second at the IHSAA State Championship. Cook capped off his senior year with an individual runner-up finish. Cook went on to attend Indiana University and was a member of the men’s golf team all four years of college. After graduating in ’84, Cook began competing in Indiana PGA events. His first victory came in ’85 with a win at the Indiana PGA Southern Open. The following year, Cook won his first of four Indiana PGA State Open Championships, with additional victories in ’88, ’89 and ’92. Cook is one of only five players to have won the State Open four times. He is also a four-time runner-up. In 1987, Cook turned professional and in 1988 he joined the Asian Tour, where he competed for three years (’88, ’89, ’96). In 1990, Cook began playing on the Ben Hogan Tour. During his first year, he claimed his first title, winning the 1990 Ben Hogan Greater Ozarks Open with a 9-under-par finish. Cook participated on the Ben Hogan Tour (Nike, Buy.com) for eleven years, and spent one year on the PGA Tour (’93). His best finish on the PGA Tour came at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic in ’93 where he finished 17th. Although Cook no longer plays golf on Tour, he still travels with the best players in the world, who also happen to be his friends, as the Director of Tour Operations for Mizuno.
Alan Schulte grew up in Oneonta, New York and attended a small, rural high school with just 34 kids in his graduating class. He was the only golfer in his entire school, so he never had the opportunity to participate on a team. Luckily, with the help of his teacher, he was granted entry into the high school state tournament, and from there, his golf career began. In 1980, Schulte won his first state-wide event, the New York State Junior Championship. He went on to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia on a golf scholarship. There, Schulte won back-to-back Conference Championships (’84, ’85) and qualified as an individual for the USGA Amateur Championship. In 1991, Schulte moved to Fishers and worked as a golf professional at Hillcrest Country Club. In 2002, he became the Head Professional at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club. While working as a Head Professional, Schulte continued to play competitively and proved to be a front-runner. He won back-to-back Indiana PGA Open Championships in ’05 and ’06, was a two-time Indiana PGA Professional Champion (’00, ’05), a PGA Southern Open Champion (’04), and Indianapolis Open Champion (’06), and a three time Indiana PGA Assistants’ Champion (’98, ’01, ’03). His tremendous tournament play earned him several state accolades, including two Indiana PGA Assistant Player of the Year titles (’01, ’02) and six consecutive Indiana PGA Player of the Year titles (’02, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07). In 2006, Schulte had a stint on the PGA Tour, qualifying for the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, where he competed alongside the world’s best professionals.
A natural athlete, Gregory grew up a tennis star. But in her early thirties she decided to learn golf and joined the all-black Chicago Women’s Golf Association (CWGA). Within four years, she won the CWGA Championship, the Joe Louis Invitational and the United Golf Association Championship. At that time, the press dubbed her the “Queen of Negro Women’s Golf.” In 1956, the CWGA became the first black golf organization to join the USGA and Gregory became the first African-American woman to compete in a USGA Championship at the U.S. Women’s Open. Throughout her career, Gregory competed in 27 USGA Championships, including six U.S. Women’s Opens, seven U.S. Women’s Amateurs, and 14 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateurs, where she was the runner-up in 1971. She was also the 1989 Women’s Golf Gold Medalist at the National Senior Olympics at the age of 76. In addition to her playing accomplishments, Gregory also integrated the Gary Public Library Board and South Gleason Park GC, where a marker stands today in her honor.
Hession’s golf career has spanned over four decades, both as a player and a coach. In 1973, Hession won the Indiana Girl’s State Junior Championship and in ’73-’74 became the first-ever IHSAA champion in girl’s golf, while leading Ladywood-St. Agnes High School to the team title. Hession attended Southern Methodist University and while there, won the 1977 Indiana Women’s Amateur Championship and 1978 Indianapolis City Championship. In 1979, she captained an SMU team that won the AIAW National Championship and was named First Team All-American. Hession spent her next 11 years on the LPGA Tour, where she competed in over 250 LPGA events, including seven U.S. Women’s Open Championships. On Tour, she was in the Top 150 of all-time career money-winners. In 1989 she was honored with the LPGA Tour Samaritan Award. For the last 25 years, Hession has been the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ohio State University. There, she has been named the National Coach of the Year two times, led the Buckeyes to 10 Big Ten Championship Titles and 15 NCAA Championship appearances.
Kyle O’Brien Stevens
Stevens began her golf career in her hometown Indianapolis, Ind. In 1975, Stevens won the Indiana Girl’s State Junior Championship and was runner-up at the U.S. Girl’s Junior Amateur Championship. She also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship that same year. Additionally, in ’75, Stevens led her North Central High School team to the second of back-to-back IHSAA State Championships, where she won Medalist honors, and was the IHSAA Mental Attitude award recipient. Stevens went on the play golf at Southern Methodist University where she won the AIAW National Championship both as an individual and a team. She was named Golf Magazine’s 1979 Collegiate Player of the Year and was a two-time First Team All-American in ’79 and ’80. After college, Stevens qualified for the LPGA Tour and in ’81 was named Golf Digest’s LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Her career yielded five top-10 LPGA finishes. In 1985, Stevens returned to SMU where she became Head Women’s Golf Coach.
When you think of amateur golf in Indiana, Skip Runnels is a name that comes to mind. Runnels was a three-time Letterman Winner at Richmond High School ('69-'71), the 1975 Ball State Invitational Champion, the 1992 & ’93 IGA Match Play Champion, a USGA Team Championship Member ('95), the 2000 Richmond Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, the 2002 IGA Mid-Amateur Champion, the 2008 IGA Senior Amateur Champion, a winner of 7 IGA/IGA Senior Championships, a winner of 20 Plus Team Championships, a winner of 15 Club Championships, and the 2013 IGA Senior Player of the Year. At the age of 62, Runnels continues to finish towards the top of the leaderboard in almost all IGA Senior events and his sportsmanship on and off the course does not go unnoticed.
Bo Van Pelt
A current player on the PGA Tour, Bo Van Pelt has had a tremendous playing career. He was the 1992 – ’93 IHSAA Champion (Team), 1993 IHSAA All-State, 1997 NCAA Central Regional Champion, and in 1997-’98 Received All-American Honors. In 1998, he earned his PGA Tour Card and went on to become the 2009 U.S. Bank Champion (PGA Tour Win). In 2012, he carded his lowest PGA Tour round at the Masters, posting 64 and finishing in a tie for 17th. He also gives back to the community of Richmond, serving as the founder and on-going ambassador of The First Tee of Indiana-Richmond Chapter. Each summer he hosts the Bo Van Pelt Classic, in support of The First Tee. With the help of the community, The First Tee of Indiana-Richmond has raised over $100,000 to-date and impacts over 125 kids annually.
A 44 year member of the PGA, Clecak served as President of the Indiana Section PGA in 1983 and 1984. During his tenure as an Indiana Section PGA Board of Director he also served on the Tournament, Club Relations and Public Relations Committees. He is a past recipient of the Indiana PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Junior Leader Award and was the 1985 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Clecak is also an accomplished player. . He participated in the 1962 US Amateur Championship advancing to the fourth round of match play, was the runner-up in Indiana PGA Professional Championship, and the winner of the Indiana PGA Senior Championship. He also spent two years playing on the PGA Tour ('72, '73). His passion has long been teaching the game of golf. During his PGA career he has given over 25,000 lessons to students of all ages and abilities. He instructed the Columbus North high school golf teams from 1974 to 1998 and also provided instruction to the Jennings County and Shelbyville High School Golf Teams. Many of his high school students went on to play collegiately. At over 80 years of age Clecak continues to teach the game as the Senior Director of Instruction at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin where he has directed the Get Golf Ready Program from its inception to the present.
Is the current President of the PGA of America, was the 1991 recipient of the Horton Smith Award, was a two-time Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient ('96-'97), served as President of the Indiana PGA Section ('97-'98), has twice been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana for service to the communities in which he resided, is the General Manager at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2006, served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002-05 and again as Secretary, and was Secretary of the PGA of America before becoming President.
Was medalist at the 1985 IHSAA State Finals, was a two-time Indiana State Junior Champion, won the Western Junior Championship in '88, attended Ohio State University and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year ('88), was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in '90, was the recipient of the Big Ten's Les Bolstad Award for the lowest stroke average ('90), was an honorable mention NCAA All-American Selction ('90), was the individual winner of the Big Ten Championship ('90), won the Indiana Amateur Championship ('90) and was named the Indiana Golf Association John K. David Player of the Year, was named First Team All-American in '91 and turned professional that same year, has won five Nike Tour Events, has had 17 top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour, was the 2002 winner of the Buick Classic, and has over $5.6 million in career earnings.
Was the 2011 PGA National Golf Professional of the Year, the 2011 Indiana Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year, and the recipient of the 2002 Indiana Section PGA Horton Smith Award. Was also the President of the Indiana Section PGA from 2006-2008, a member of the PGA of America Rules Committee, and the 2003 Special Olympics World Games Team USA Head Coach.
Was the 2009 PGA National Golf Professional of the Year, the 1996 Indiana Section PGA Professional of the Year, the 1985 Kentucky Section PGA Professional of the Year, the 1993 Indiana Section PGA Teacher of the Year, and a three-time Indiana Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year. Was also the President of the Indiana Section PGA from 2008-2009, President of the Kentucky Section PGA from 1984-1985, the recipient of the 2003 Indiana Section Bill Strausbaugh Award, the recipient of the 1991 Kentucky Section PGA Horton Smith Award, and an Indiana Section PGA Senior Professional Champion in 2002.
Was an Indianapolis Junior Champion, an Indiana JC Junior Champion, an IHSAA State Champion, a two-time Indiana Young Men’s Golf Champion, an Indiana Assistants Champion, an Indiana Open Champion, and a Western Open runner-up. Was also inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Hall of Fame, was an All American Honorable Mention at the University of Florida, is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, has participated in over 300 PGA Tour Events with thirty top ten finishes. He also tied for fifth at the 1978 Masters, has participated in nine US Opens, six PGA Championships, two Masters Championships, and one British Open. He also was a noteworthy author and has produced 22 instructional videos.
Was the 1987 recipient of the National PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, two-time Indiana Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year, the 1983 recipient of the PGA Horton Smith Award, and a four-time Indiana PGA Merchandiser of the Year. Was also the President of the Indiana Section PGA from 1979-1980, on the National PGA Board of Directors from 1988-1991, a Tournament Official for three PGA Championships and two Ryder Cups.
Was a USGA Senior Amateur Champion, an IGA Senior Amateur Champion, and IGA Senior Match Play Champion, an IGA-Mid Amateur Champion, an Indiana PGA Senior Open Champion, and a two-time Country Club of Indianapolis Club Champion. Was named the IGA Senior Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, was the 2006 Golfweek National Seninor Player of the Year, and was the IGA President from 2002-2003.
Was a three-time winner of the IGA Tournament of Champions, an IGA Mid-Amateur Champion, an IGA State 4 Ball Champion, an Indiana PGA Southern Open Champion, and a runner-up in the USGA Amateur Championship. Was also a two-time Masters participant, a member of the 1979 US Walker Cup Team, a five-time USGA Mid-Am Qualifier, a six-time USGA Amateur Qualifier, and advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen” four times in the Western Amateur Championship.
Was a three-time Indiana PGA Player of the Year, a four-time Indiana PGA Champion, a two-time Indiana PGA Indianapolis Open Champion, a four-time Indiana Southern Open Champion, a three-time Indiana PGA Northern Open Champion, a four-time Indiana PGA Team Champion, a two-time Indiana Pro Am Champion, a five-time Monticello Open Champion, and an Indiana PGA Fall Classic Champion. Participated in 17 PGA Club Professional Championships, qualified for the National PGA Championship in 2004, and participated in four US Opens.
Dr. Trey Holland
Was the USGA President from 2000-2001, the USGA Executive Vice President, a USGA Championship and Rules of Golf Committee Chairman, a member of the USGA Executive Committee. Was also the WGA Director, and a World Amateur Team Championship Captain. Officiated 11 Masters Championships, 14 US Opens, 5 British Opens, and 5 PGA Championships.
Gary G. Gant
An Indiana State Junior Champion, and Indiana State High School Champion, and an Indiana State Open Champion. Was the 1982 Indiana PGA Player of the Year, the 1989 Indiana PGA Professional of the Year, the 1998 Teacher of the Year, and the 1999 Indiana PGA Junior Leader of the Year. Was inducted into the Indiana State High School Golf Hall of Fame in 1991, participated in the US Senior Open three times, participated in the Challenge Cup 20 times, was a 12-time qualifier for the PGA National Club Pro Championship, and a five-time qualifier for the PGA National Senior Club Pro Championship.
A two-time Indiana Women’s Open Champion, a two-time Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, a three-time Indianapolis Women’s City Champion, an Indiana Amateur Champion, and the 2003 Indiana Women’s Player of the Year. Was a member of the IHSAA Golf Hall of Fame, the 1986 Stanford Women’s Golf Team Captain, and was the first female member of the IGA Board of Directors.
Todd M. Smith
Was a nine-time PGA Player of the Year, a two-time Indiana Open Champion, a five-time Indiana PGA Champion, an Indiana High School Finals Medalist, the 1999 Northern-Club Professional Champion, and a three-time Indianapolis Open Champion. Participated in five PGA Championships, was a member of the 1994 United States PGA Cup Team, and was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection at Auburn University. Was also the Past President of the Indiana Section PGA.
Recipient of the PGA of America Outstanding Contribution Award. Was a two-time Indiana Open Champion, a two-time Indiana PGA Match Play Champion, a two-time Indiana PGA Champion, and a three-time Indiana Assistant’s Champion. Participated in four US Opens, 4 PGA Championships, 1 British Open, and 9 National Club Pro Championships. Was also the 1982 Malaysia Open Champion.
Former President of Crooked Stick Golf Club. Was the President of the Western Golf Association, a Trustee for the Evan’s Scholarship Foundation, part of the USGA Green Section Committee from 1982-present, and part of the USGA Sectional Affairs Committee from 1990-present. Was also a Rules Official for the US Open, the US Women’s Open, the US Senior Open, the US Amateur, and an NCAA Men’s Championship. Was a past member of the Golf Digest rating panel as well as the Golf Magazine rating panel. Was a Chairman of the USGA Women’s Amateur and the 2010 recipient of the Joseph C. Dey Award.
Joined the USGA Women’s Committee in 1990 and became Vice Chairwoman in 2005. Was also the 1994-1998 Chairwoman of the USGA Girl’s Junior Championship Committee and Past President, Chairwoman, and Board Member of the Women’s Golf Association of Metropolitan Indianapolis. Was a Rules Official for the US Open, US Women’s Open, US Women’s Amatuer, Curtis Cup, Women’s World Amateur Championship, and an NCAA Women’s Championship. In 2008 was the Captain of the USGA Women’s World Amateur Team.
Served as president of the Indiana Golf Association in 1963-1964, during which time the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame was created. Was actively involved with the administration of the Western Golf Association and Evans Scholar Foundation. Served as a WGA director from 1964-1972 and Vice President from 1967-1972. The Evans Scholar houses at both Indiana University and Purdue University were founded under his direction. Served on the USGA Section Affairs Committee, beginning in 1964 and on the USGA's Rules Committee for 19 years. Was a director of the Southern Golf Association for 30 years and was a co-founder of the Society of Seniors.
Professional who played on the PGA Tour from 1979-80 and again in 1982. Was a 4-Time Indiana PGA Team Champion and a 4-Time Indiana Open runner-up. Was runner-up in the 1986 National PGA Assistant’s Championship. Won the Indiana Amateur Championship in 1975 and the Indiana Open Championship in 1980.
Claudia Mayhew Evans
Was the dominant junior girl's golfer in the state of Indiana during the 1960s as she won an unprecedented three consecutive Indiana Girls State Junior Championships. She then burst onto the national scene with a victory at the 1966 United States Girls Junior Championship. She added an Indianapolis Women's City Championship and an Indiana State Women's Amateur Championship to her resume, as well.
Has been the dominant player in Indiana Golf Association events over the past 20 years. He has won more IGA titles than any other player, including the 1996 Indiana Amateur Championship, 5 IGA Mid-Amateur Championships and 3 IGA Four Ball titles. He has also won the John K. David IGA Player of the Year award eight times, no other player has won it more than twice. He has qualified for more than 20 USGA Championships.
John "Spider" Miller
A two-time United States Mid-Amateur champion, winning the title in 1996 and 1998, becoming the oldest champion of the event. As a result of his two Mid-Amateur titles, he played in the Masters in 1997 and 1999. He has several other national victories including the Society of Seniors National Sr./Jr. and two victories at the Tri-State Sr./Jr., both with Jerry Nelson and the prestigious Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey. He also has top-25 finishes at Porter Cup, Western Amateur, Coleman Cup and his is a two-time champion of the Gasparilla Invitational. On the state level, he is a two-time IGA Player of the Year, a two-time IGA Mid-Amateur champion, a five-time Four Ball champion with Nelson and he has been low amateur at the Indiana State Open on three occasions.
Served as the first executive director of the IGA-PGA from 1972 to 1975 and has been the Director of Rules and Competitions at the USGA since 1977. He has been involved in an administrative capacity in the U.S. Open since 1975, the U.S. Amateur since 1975 and the Senior Open since 1989.
George Roddy, Sr.
Coached Arkansas State College from 1931 to 1933 and North Carolina A & T University from 1935 to 1948. He was the National Minority Amateur Champion in 1930 and 1937. He was the Indiana City champion in 1963 and 1967. He served as chairman for the United States Public Links Championship in 1968. He was the first African-American to be inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
Has served the USGA as a committee member and the Women's Trans National Golf Association as president. She received the IGA Clifford Wagoner Award in 1986 and from 1975 to 1985 was the director of operations for the Indiana Junior Golf Association.
R.E. "Buffy" Mayerstein
Has served in many official roles for Indiana golf. He has been president of the Indiana Golf Association, an IGA director, an Indiana Golf Foundation director and the and the executive director for the Indiana Junior Golf Association. He also received the Clifford Wagoner Award in 1986.
Richard L. Perk
Was one of the original founders of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. From 1945 to 1946 he was captain of the Indiana University golf team and qualified for the Indiana Amateur 30 times. He also has 17 Broadmoor Country Club titles to his name. In 1973, he won the Clifford Wagoner Award. He is a past president of the Indiana Golf Association.
Won his first state title at the 1961 Indiana Boys State Junior Championship. He has won three IGA Tournament of Champions titles and three IGA Four Ball Championships. He is a four-time Tri-State champion and two-time Indiana Senior Amateur champion. He holds the course record at Kokomo Country Club has won 17 club championships there. He is a past president of the Indiana Golf Association.
Coached the Ball State University Cardinal golf team for 38 years. In his career, he coached Ball State to more than 100 tournament wins, finished as conference champion six times and coached the Cardinals in 11 NCAA championships. The Mid-American Conference named him Coach of the Year three times and the Indiana Collegiate Conference has honored him as Coach of the Year once. He also was inducted into the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996.
Jim Gallagher, Sr.
Has been an advocate and supporter of junior golf in Indiana since his career moved to Indiana in the 1960s. He has been named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year twice, in 1973 and 1978. In 1989, he received the Indiana PGA Junior Golf Leader Award. In 1990, his family was named "Golf Family of the Year" and was honored on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives. He founded the Junior Golfers of Grant County. Jim, Sr. and his son Jim, Jr. are the only father-son pair in the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
Jim Ferriell, Jr.
Long-time golf professional at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. He started his golf career in Louisville, Kent., when he won the Kentucky High School team championship. he went on to captain the University of Louisville golf team, reaching the NCAA quarter finals in 1962. Since turning professional in 1978, Ferriell has won nearly 30 championships. He has also qualified for nearly 30 major championships, including the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, PGA Championship, national Club Professional Championship and the national Senior Club Professional Championship.
Jerry D. Nelson
A past president of the Indiana Golf Association, Jerry has captured more than 20 club championships from clubs around the state including Crooked Stick Golf Club, Stonehenge Golf Club, Tippecanoe Country Club and Rozella Ford Golf Course. He was the runner-up at the 1993 United States Senior Amateur Championship and he has won several IGA and Indiana PGA titles including the Indiana PGA Senior Open four times, the IGA Senior Amateur in 2000, the IGA Four Ball with Spider Miller five times, three Indiana PGA Senior Pro-Am Championships with Dave Schumaker, the 1985 IGA Mid-Amateur and he is a two-time IGA Player of the Year.
Julie Hull Armington
Started playing the game of golf at the age of nine and began winning tournaments at the age of 13 with her first victory coming at the Madison County Junior Championship. She has won 14 Anderson Country Club championships and has won the Madison County Women's championship four times. She also is a three-time champion of the Women's Monticello Open and made a double-eagle on the 485-yard par-5 first hole at Anderson Country Club.
Jim Gallagher, Jr.
Qualified for the PGA Tour in 1983 in his first try. His first win on the Tour came in 1990 when he won the Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1993, he won the Anheuser-Busch Classic and the Tour Championship, earning him a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team, where he defeated Seve Ballesteros 3 and 2 to seal the U.S. victory. He won the 1982 and 1983 Indiana State Amateur Championships and the 1983 Indiana State Open. He is one of just five players to have won both the State Amateur and State Open in the same year.
A native of Linton, was a noted actor and entertainer and entered the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame for his life-long enthusiasm for the game. He was instrumental in the development of the first professional golf tournament in Palm Springs, California. That tournament would later evolve into the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He teamed up with Dutch Harrison in 1952 to win the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. He was also critical in the formation of the Liberty Mutual's Legends of Golf, as well as the Colgate Winner's Circle.
William "Billy" Kratzert III
Was member of the PGA Tour for 17 years and accumulated more than $1 million in career earnings. He is the youngest winner in the history of the Indiana Amateur Championship at 16 and the Indiana State Open, at 18. On the Tour, he won the 1984 Pensacola Open, the 1980 Greater Milwaukee Open, the 1977 Greater Hartford Open and the 1976 Walt Disney World National Team title. He is now a golf commentator for ESPN.
Ralph "Bud" Williamson
Began his professional golf career at Decatur Country Club in 1930. From 1933 to 1941, he was the head professional at Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne. He captured two Indiana State Open Championships in 1937 and 1941 and is a three-time winner of the Indiana PGA Championship.
F. Boyd Hovde
Served as president of the Indiana Golf Association in 1976 and 1977, during which time he won the Indiana Amateur Championship in 1976. He received the 1979 IGA Clifford Wagoner Award. He has qualified for a United States Senior Open and two United States Senior Amateur Championships. He has been a member of the IGA Challenge Cup team six times.
Has won 14 Country Club of Indianapolis championships, the Indianapolis Women's City Championship three times and the Indiana Women's State Amateur Championship in 1973. She completed the career "Grand Slam" in 2000, when she captured the IWGA Mid-Amateur Championship. She has been a USGA official for the United States Girls Junior Championship. She has held clinics for women's and girl's groups and is a long-time supporter of junior golf in Indiana. In 1999, she received the Indiana Golf Association's Clifford Wagoner Award.
Won the 1984 PGA of America Club Professional Championship and was named the PGA of America Club Professional Player of the Year. He is a five-time winner of the Indiana PGA Player of the Year Award. He has won the Indiana State Open Championship three times, was runner-up at the 1968 Indiana State Amateur Championship, has won three Indiana PGA Section Championships and won three Indiana PGA Match Play Championships. While attending Miami (OH) University, he was named to the All-American team on two occasions and earned All-Mid-American Conference honors three times. He is the head golf professional at Crooked Lake Golf Course in Columbia City.
Won the 1997 United States Senior Women's Amateur Championship. She has won seven Indiana Women's Golf Association Championships and three IWGA State Amateur Championships. She also has won 11 Indianapolis Women's City Championships.
A three-time winner of the Indiana Amateur Championship. His first title came in 1974 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus when he set the State Amateur scoring record with a 16-under-par, 272, total for a 16-shot victory, both records that still stand today. He is a past president of the Indiana Golf Association. He added an IGA Mid-Amateur title to his State Amateur titles in 1983.
Donald Padgett II
Was a prominent junior player on the local and national level. At Indiana University, he won the Big Ten individual title, was an All-American and captured the Indiana State Amateur Championship. He played on the PGA Tour before working as a PGA Professional at Woodland Country Club in Carmel and later at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. He won the Indiana PGA Player of the Year Award in 1975 and 1979.
Dr. Jack Leer
Served as president of the Indiana Golf Association from 1976 to 1977 and won the 1963 Indiana State Amateur Championship and was runner-up in 1964. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he captained the golf team from 1951 to 1953. He received the L.G. Balfour Award for bringing honor and distinction to IU athletics. He founded Wold Run Golf Club in Zionsville in 1988.
Has taught at hundreds of golf schools and given lessons to thousands of students in 18 countries. He won the Joe Graffis Award in 1982 and the National Golf Foundation Award for contributions to the sport of golf in 1974.
Started his "career" in golf as a caddie at the Country Club of Indianapolis in the 1950s and 30 years later became president of the PGA of America. In 1964, he was named head professional at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus and later helped build Golf Club of Indiana in Zionsville with long-time friend and fellow PGA Professional Drex Newsom. He was runner-up at the Indiana State Open Championship and twice runner-up at the Indiana PGA Championship. He has gone on to win two Indiana PGA Senior Championships, an Indiana PGA Senior Open title and two Indiana PGA Senior Player of the Year awards. He was a founding member of the IGA-PGA.
Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller
Became just the third player to win the Masters in their first appearance, when he captured the title in 1979. He went on to win the 1984 United States Open Championship. He was a member of the 1979, 1983 and 1985 United States Ryder Cup teams. He won the 1973 Indiana State Amateur Championship.
Completed what, at the time was considered Indiana's "Grand Slam of Golf," in 1937 when he won the Indianapolis District Championship, the Indiana Amateur Championship and the Indiana Boys State Junior Championship. He was considered Indiana's finest shotmaker in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He added Indianapolis District Championships in 1942 and 1946.
Served as head professional at Sarah Shank Golf Course in Indianapolis, Noblesville's Forest Park Golf Course and the Lafayette Municipal Golf Course before retiring in 1979. He won the first two Indiana PGA Stroke Play Championships in 1968 and 1969 and won two Indiana Senior PGA championships, the Valley View Open and the first Indiana PGA Player of the Year award in 1969.
Began his career in golf at the age of 10. He turned professional in 1955 and received a PGA apprenticeship in Rome, New York. He won the Indiana State Open Championship four times in 1963, 1968, 1971 and 1976 and the Indiana PGA Championship four times in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He also won two Indiana PGA Stroke Play Championships and he participated in two U.S. Open Championships and five national PGA Championships.
Won nine Evansville City Championships and finished as runner-up eight times. He won five Tri-State Open titles and four Fendrich Open titles. He qualified for numerous United States Golf Association championships and in 1964 advanced to the final 16 of the United States Amateur Championship. He was the qualifying medalist in 1965 and 1967 at the Indiana State Amateur Championship.
Dr. William H. Daniel
Supported the golf industry since 1950 serving as executive director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation. His work resulted in the development of research programs in many states. Since 1952 more than 250 turf management students have studied and developed their careers under Dr. Daniel's guidance.
Long-time professional at Kokomo Country Club. He served every official position on the board of the Indiana PGA, including being chairman of nearly every major committee including education and club relations. He was named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1966 and he received the national Bill Strausbaugh Award for his efforts in club relations. He won the Indiana PGA Horton Smith Award in 1975 and 1976. He gave more than 10,000 lessons in his life.
Eugene S. Pulliam
Captained the Depauw University golf team in 1934 and 1935. He was a club champion at Ulen Country Club in Lebanon and the Country Club of Indianapolis on numerous occasions and was a runner-up in the Indianapolis District Championship. He played on several winning Tri-State Championship teams. He is a past president of Crooked Stick Golf Club and CCI and served as an Indiana Golf Association director and as vice president of the United States Golf Association.
Turned professional in 1951 and served as head professional at Long Beach Country Club and Elcona Country Club. He served as a director, secretary, vice president and president of the Indiana PGA. He won the Indiana PGA Senior Championship in 1976 and 1977 and was named Indiana PGA Player of the Year in 1970, 1973 and 1977.
John C. Watson
Moved to Indiana from Scotland in 1920 and later coached the Notre Dame golf team. He hosted free clinics at the YMCA in South Bend for golfers in the area. He won the Indiana State Open in 1930 and was runner-up in the Indiana PGA championship in 1940. He was vice president of the PGA of America for four years and was named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 196.
Qualified for five United States Open Championships and three United States Public Links Championships. He won the Indiana PGA Championship and recorded runner-up finishes in the Indianapolis District Championship, the Indiana Amateur Championship, the Midwest Amateur, the Indiana Open and the Indiana PGA Championship.
Won the 1966 United States Women's Open Championship. She was the runner-up in the Indiana Women's State Amateur Championship in 1958, 1960 and 1962 before turning professional in 1962.
Dorothy Ellis Balch
Won five Indiana Women's State Amateur championships and was runner-up on three occasions. She won 10 club championships at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis and seven Indianapolis Women's City championships. She served as president, treasurer and secretary of the Indiana Women's Golf Association.
Don Essig III
Won the 1957 United States Public Links championship, becoming the second youngest winner of the event at the age of 18 years and eight months old. He owned The Hoosier Links in Shelby County for many years and has won 18 amateur and professional tournaments. He won five Indianapolis Junior titles, the first in 1954. He also won the Western Junior Championship.
John W. McGuire
Worked throughout the 1920s and 1930s to promote golf in Indiana and later worked with juniors to convince state organizations to reactivate. In 1928, he organized efforts which sent the first golf team to represent Indianapolis in the USGA Public Links tournament. He was the Indianapolis City champion in 1933, the Indiana State Amateur champion in 1934, the Indiana State Senior Champion in 1957 and he won an Indiana State Four Ball Championship.
Was the Kentucky Amateur champion in 1937, the Indiana Amateur champion and the Fall City Amateur champion in 1938 and the runner-up in the Indiana Amateur Championship in 1947. He won the Indiana State Open Championship in 1949 and 1954, the Indiana PGA Championship in 1956 and the Indiana PGA Senior Championship in 1969. He qualified for the 1976 national Club Professional Championship.
Alice O'Neal Dye
Reigned as the "Queen of Indiana Golf" for 25 years. She was the captain of her golf team at Rollins College in 1948 and played on the 1970 United State Curtis Cup squad. She won the 1978 and 1979 United States Senior Women's Amateur Championship, she won 11 Indianapolis Women's City titles and nine Indiana Women's State Amateur Championships. She won her first City crown at the age of 18 and her first state tournament at the age of 19.
Paul "Pete" Dye
Has built many of the nation's most honored golf courses, including Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. He competed in five United States Amateur Championships and qualified for the 1957 U.S. Open. He won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1958 and won the Indianapolis District Championship in 1954. He and his wife, Alice, have won the amateur division of the Haig and Haig Two Ball twice and he is a three-time semi-finalist in the Western Amateur. Some of the more renowned golf courses designed by Dye include The TPC at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Fla., The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C. and Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, S.C.
Won the 1937 Indiana Open Championship, adding that title to his six State Open runner-up finishes. In 1934, he became the first Hoosier native to win a national tournament when he won the Miami Open over such golf greats as Gene Sarazen and Tommy Armour. Stonehouse was invited to the inaugural Masters in 1934 and hit the first tee shot.
Was the first woman inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. She won the Indiana Women's State Amateur Championship eight times between 1926 and 1938, with an unorthodox baseball grip.
Herman Uebele, Sr.
Was featured in Robert Ripley's "Believe It or Not" column after firing a round of 13-under-par 60. He won Indiana Senior titles in 1954 and 1958 and was named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1957.
Was a long-time supporter of junior golf in Indiana. He won the Indianapolis Double Tony award in 1972 for outstanding contributions to amateur golf. In 1951, he secured Purdue University's South Course as the site of the State Junior and the championship stayed there for 11 years. Dimond wrote a weekly golf column for the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
Earl W. Ensinger
Dedicated much of his time and energy to young golfers. He was a one-man staff for the State Junior for 11 years through 1959. He brought the Indianapolis City Junior into being in 1950 and inaugurated the Indiana Young Men's Championship.
Was an Indiana PGA champion in 1955, 1958, 1959 and 1966. He was also named Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1965. In 1972, he was finished second in the Indiana PGA Championship, three weeks before open heart surgery. He served the Indiana PGA as its president and vice president.
Samuel Harrison Carmichael
Became the second person in Indiana golf history to win the Indiana Boys State Junior, Indiana State Amateur and Indiana State Open Championships in the same year, when he won the trio of championships in 1960. He competed in his first Boys State Junior at the age of 10. In all, he won two State Amateur titles, two State Open titles and one Boys State Junior title. In 1961, he was defeated by Jack Nicklaus at the United States Amateur in the quarter-finals. By advancing to the quarterfinals, he earned a berth in the Masters. He now is the Women's Golf coach at Indiana University and was named the Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1999.
Edgar M. Tutwiler
Competed on the United States Walker Cup team in 1965 and 1967 and on the World Cup team in 1964. He won the West Virginia Open three times, the West Virginia Amateur 11 times and the Indiana State Amateur in 1966 and 1967 after moving to Indianapolis in 1964 with his new Cadillac franchise.
Philip S. Talbot
Was runner-up at the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1931, 1932 and 1937. He was the Indiana Elks Champion in 1951. He was the captain of the Indiana University golf team and is an 11-time Bloomington City champion.
Fred Wampler, Jr.
Won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1947 and 1949 and was runner-up in 1946 and 1948. He won the Indianapolis District Championship in 1950 and was a section PGA champion in Colorado and Missouri. He also won the Long Island Open in 1952 and the Los Angeles Open in 1954.
John D. Harrington
Started playing golf at the age of 12 and was competing by the age of 16. He served as treasurer of the Indiana Golf Association in 1959 and president from 1967 to 1968. He received the Clifford Wagoner Award in 1967 and earned the title of "Best Dressed Golfer" in 1929.
Was President of the Indiana PGA from 1959 to 1961, in 1966 and from 1969 to 1970. In addition, he served on the Indiana PGA Pro-Am and Tournament Committees. He was a delegate to the PGA of America annual meeting eleven times and he served as president of the PGA of America from 1977 to 1978. He was named the PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year in 1961.
Served as president of the Indiana PGA twice and was named its Golf Professional of the Year in 1964. He was the long-time golf professional at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis.
John Milton Simpson
Won the Indiana State Amateur Championship three times in 1915, 1921 and 1926 and was runner-up five times. He was the first amateur to win the Indiana State Open Championship, when he captured that title in 1920. He attended the University of Illinois where he was captain of the golf team.
Wayne A. Timberman
Was the first recipient of the Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year award in 1955. He won the 1940 Indiana State Open Championship and was a three-time winner of the Indiana PGA Championship.
Joe E. Campbell
Is one of only two men to win the Indiana Boys State Junior, Indiana State Amateur and Indiana State Open Championships in the same year and he did it twice. He won the State Amateur in 1954, 1955 and 1956, the State Open in 1955 and 1956 and the Boys State Junior in 1955 and 1956. He was a member of the America's Cup Team in 1956 and he appeared in three Masters tournaments. He once won $50,000 for a hole-in-one in Palm Springs, California.
J. Clark Espie, Jr
Won the United States Senior Amateur Championship twice, in 1957 and 1959. He was also runner-up in 1956 and medalist and semi-finalist in 1958. He is a two-time British Amateur participant and a six-time Indiana Senior Amateur champion.
John K. David
A past president of the Indiana Golf Association and a four-time Indiana State Amateur champion, a nine-time Meridian Hills Country Club champion and was a World Long Driving Champion. He also served as the director of the Western Golf Association and the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. H is a past recipient of the Clifford Wagoner Award and earned the nickname, "Mr. Golf" in Indiana. He served as secretary of the Indiana Golf Association for more than 30 years. The Indiana Golf Association's annual Player of the Year award is named in his honor.
Was a recipient of the Clifford Wagoner Award in 1961. He served as president of the Indiana Golf Association and was on the IGA Board of Directors from 1942 to 1977.
William A. Heinlein
Was the 1930 Indiana Boys State Junior champion, the 1931 Indiana State Amateur champion, the 1934, 1935, 1944 and 1958 Indiana State Open champion and a five time winner of the Indiana PGA Championship. He qualified for the national PGA Championship 21 times. He was the long-time golf professional at Woodland Country Club in Carmel.
Was a charter member of Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis and a long-time associate and promoter of amateur golf in Indiana. He was one of the men responsible for the re-establishment of the Indianapolis District Golf Association and three times served as its president. Lehman committed 40 years of his life to working for and promoting the Indiana Golf Association.
Burr S. Swezey, Sr.
Was a founding member of the "Soap Box Gang," which promoted the furtherance of golf and friends through the sport. He is a two-time Indiana State Amateur champion and a two-time runner-up. He was a golf enthusiast and promoter of golf early on in the Indiana Golf Association. He was also a member of the Olympic golf team.
William D. Fox
Was sports editor for the Indianapolis News and was a graduate of Notre Dame University. He received the Grantland Ride Award which is presented annually to a writer who carried on the Rice tradition. He was a long-time supporter of junior golf in Indiana, as well as a supporter of amateur and professional golf in the state.
Dale E. Morey
Won the 1974 United States Senior Amateur Champion and 1953 United States Amateur runner-up, is a seven-time Indianapolis District Golf Association Champion, a four-time Indiana Open Champion, a four-time Indiana Amateur Champion and an Indiana Boys State Junior Champion. In addition, Morey was a member of the 1955 and 1965 United States Walker Cup Team, the America's Cup Team in 1954 and the United States World Team in 1954.
Robert T. Hamilton
Won the 1944 national PGA Championship and was a two-time winner of the North-South Open Championship. He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team on two occasions and was a three-time winner of the Indiana State Open.
Edwin L. Lennox
Is one of the golf pioneers in Indiana. He served as president of the Indianapolis District Golf Association from 1929-1937. In 1938, he first presented the Lennox Trophy for yearly ownership by the district champion.
Jesse J. Mossler
Was appointed treasurer of the Indiana Golf Association from its inception to his death in 1937. Mossler's passions were for the development of the game and he supported the growth of the Indiana Golf Association.
A well-known golf architect who was a long-time member of Woodland Country Club in Carmel, a course he also designed. He is a five-time Indiana State Amateur Champion, winning the title in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910 and 1912. He was also runner-up in 1918, 1928 and 1930.
Robert L. Resener
A veteran of World War I and graduate of Manual High School. He was a 19-time club champion at Kokomo Country club and held the course record there for 35 years. In 1949, he served as president of the Indiana Golf Association. He was the Indiana State Amateur Champion in 1913, 1914 and 1920 and was runner-up in 1912, 1915 and 1925.
Clifford E. Wagoner
A veteran of World War I and a graduate of Butler University. He served as Chairman of the United States Golf Association Sectional Affairs Committee and as secretary of the Indiana Golf Association from 1938 to 1959. He was one of three founding members of the Tri-State Golf Association in 1940. To this date, a sportsmanship award is given annually in his name by the Indiana Golf Association.
Gilbert A. Young
Served as president of the Indiana Golf Association in 1938. He also was the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Purdue University for 43 years after receiving degrees from South Dakota State College, Purdue University and Harvard.