Class of 2005

 Bernard Darwin

Bernard Darwin

It is said Bernard Darwin invented golf writing as we know it today. He was the first golf writer to transcribe facts and figures into a branch of literary journalism and he did so with style, wit and an ability to turn a phrase. Born September 7, 1876 in Downe, Kent, England, Darwin’s grandfather was …

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 Alister MacKenzie

Alister MacKenzie

Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne, Pasatiempo and Crystal Downs have two things in common – each golf course was designed by Alister MacKenzie and has a become veritable cathedral of the game. Former United States Golf Association President Sandy Tatum called Cypress Point “the Sistine Chapel of Golf.” Since opening in 1928, Cypress Point’s …

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 Ayako Okamoto

Ayako Okamoto

Japan’s Ayako Okamoto was 20 years old and playing a softball tournament in Hawaii when she had her first experience with golf. When she looked out the window of the hotel, there was a green below. She and her teammates decided to go play on it. They got in a lot of trouble. It was …

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 Willie Park Sr.

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 …

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 Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb

In a career marked by one accomplishment after another, Karrie Webb’s greatest achievement arguably is qualifying for the World Golf Hall of Fame by age 25. “It took me forever to get in,” said Juli Inkster. “I feel like the turtle and Karrie is the hare.” “It’s hard to fathom,” added Beth Daniel. “When the …

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