Willie Park Jr.

Willie Park Jr. was one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects. Born in Musselburgh, Scotland, near Edinburgh, Willie was the son of his famous father – also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame – […]

Marlene Stewart Streit

Marlene Stewart Streit is quite simply the most successful amateur golfer in Canadian history. Her career spans more than five decades with at least one major amateur victory in each. She won at home – 11 Canadian Ladies Open Amateurs, nine Canadian Ladies Close Amateurs and four Canadian Ladies Senior Women’s Amateur tournaments – and […]

Hollis Stacy

There is a certain magic that makes a major champion. Being at the doorstep of history brings a powerful, almost unquantifiable kind of pressure. Some players respond to it, others can’t. This kind of moxie can’t be bottled or easily explained. For some, like Phil Mickelson, it is learned through hard lessons. For the rare, […]

Denny Shute

Hermon Densmore “Denny” Shute is a familiar name only in golf’s most erudite circles. Certainly not a self-promoter, Shute was quiet, reserved and unassuming in life. He was so guarded against catching the gaze of the spotlight he would, at times, have his wife, Hettie, accept the trophies and checks on his behalf. “[Shute] was about […]

Judy Rankin

Thank goodness for a phone call from Sports Illustrated, otherwise women’s golf may never have been blessed with one of its most respected figures. As Judy Rankin recounts the story, she quit golf at 16 after losing in the second round of the British Women’s Amateur. She had started playing golf at age six under […]

Henry Picard

Henry Picard’s rise from that of a small club professional to one of elite golfer certainly didn’t come without trying times. In 1931, Picard was working as the head pro at Charleston Country Club in South Carolina when the Depression hit. Picard found himself with $5 in his pocket and his bank locked the doors. […]

Willie Park Sr.

He was the first professional to rise from the caddy ranks, won the inaugural British Open, and is regarded as one of the pioneers of professional golf. Willie Park Sr. was one of the greatest golfers of the 19th century. His story and the story of his brother, Mungo, and son, Willie, are an integral […]

Christy O’Connor

Christy O’Connor, known affectionately in the golf world as “Himself” because of his great joie de vivre with which he embraced life – is unquestionably the greatest golfer to come out of Ireland since the end of World War II. No less an authority than Peter Alliss, the doyen of European golf, has lauded his […]

Kel Nagle

One of golf’s quiet men, Kel Nagle’s greatest triumph took place on the game’s grandest stage. The 1960 Open was the championship’s centenary and the occasion of Arnold Palmer’s momentous pilgrimage to St. Andrews. But once play began, it was the then 39-year-old Nagle who mastered the Old Course best with a game built on […]

Allan Robertson

Allan Robertson was practically born into golf. Born in 1815 in St. Andrews, Scotland, Robertson’s family reflects the emergence of the game. His grandfather was a caddie at St. Andrews and his father was senior caddie of those who served the Royal and Ancient. Both men were feathery ball-makers of the highest repute and Allan […]