CLASS OF 2021:

Susie Maxwell Berning, United States
Female Competitor Category
Susie Maxwell Berning started playing golf at the age of 15 and won three-straight Oklahoma State High School Golf Championships. She was the first female to be offered a golf scholarship from Oklahoma City University and played on the men’s team.  Maxwell Berning joined the LPGA in 1964 and was awarded Rookie of the Year. Throughout her career she won 11 times including an impressive four Majors, the 1965 Women’s Western Open and the U.S. Women’s Open three times in 1968, 1972 and 1973. She is one of only six women to win the U.S. Women’s Open three or more times.
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Tim Finchem
Contributor Category
Few professional sporting organizations have seen the meteoric growth that occurred at the PGA TOUR under the leadership of former Commissioner Tim Finchem. Purse sizes skyrocketed during his tenure, moving from under $100 million on three tours in 1994 to more than $400 million on six tours when he retired in 2017. His impact on the game went far beyond the increased financial opportunities he helped create for players and included the creation of signature events in today’s game, including the FedExCup and the FedExCup Playoffs, the Presidents Cup and the World Golf Championships. Despite all these tremendous accomplishments, Finchem would likely point to the First Tee as his most significant accomplishment, which has impacted more than 12 million young people since launching in 1997.
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Marion Hollins, United States
Contributor Category
Winner of the 1921 United States Amateur and captain of the first American Curtis Cup team in 1932, Marion Hollins’ influence on the game stretched beyond the fairways of competitive play. One of history’s few female golf course developers, she took a lead role in developing the Monterey Peninsula into a golf mecca. Credited with being the first woman to conceive and build a planned unit development with a golf course as a central feature, she played a major role in the founding and formation of two of golf’s most iconic courses, Cypress Point and Pasatiempo. A collaborator with Alister MacKenzie on multiple projects – he credited her for the design of the 16th at Cypress Point – she also developed a friendship with Bobby Jones and influenced the development of Augusta National when she traveled there on MacKenzie’s behalf.
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Tiger Woods
Male Competitor Category
A winner of 93 worldwide events including a record-tying 82 on the PGA TOUR, Tiger Woods is a 15-time Major Champion and a three-time winner of the career Grand Slam. Woods completed the “Tiger Slam” in 2000-01 when he became the first golfer since Bobby Jones to hold all four Major Championship titles at the same time. A two-time champion of THE PLAYERS and the only two-time winner of the FedExCup, Woods has competed on eight Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams (serving as a playing captain of the victorious U.S. Team in 2019), is an 11-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year winner, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 following his fifth career victory at the Masters.
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