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10108 Steve Jansa 2016 Sioux Falls Steve Jansa won four different SDGA championships over a 22-year span, including the Men’s Pre-Senior Championship in 1986, 2002 Men’s Senior Championship, 2004 Senior Two-Man Championship, and 2008 Adult-Junior Championship. Jansa has also earned ten runner-up spots in SDGA Championships. Known for hitting the ball incredible distances, Jansa is a two-time National Long Drive Championship finalist and three-time Minnesota PGA Section Long Drive Champion. Jansa qualified for three USGA championships, including two runs at the Mid-Amateur Championship and a 2002 Senior Championship bid.
15200 Becky Larson Pessolano 2016 Watertown Becky (Larson) Pessolano dominated the South Dakota women’s golf scene as a young golfer. After notching consecutive SDGA Girl’s Junior Championships and South Dakota Class A Individual Championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978, Pessolano went on two win four Women’s Amateur Championships in 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1981. She qualified for the 1982 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. After playing golf at Louisiana State University, Pessolano turned professional in 1983 and qualified for the LPGA Tour just two years later. Her LPGA Tour career lasted seven years. Pessolano was inducted into the Watertown High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
10088 Kris Tschetter 2016 Sioux Falls Kris Tschetter became the 57th person to be inducted into to the SDGA Hall of Fame. Kris won six SDGA Championships between 1979 and 1986, including four consecutive Women's Amateur championships from 1983-86. She also won the 1983 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tournament of Champions and qualified for the 1984 U.S. Women's Open Championship. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1987 after a stellar career in which she was named all-conference three times and finished ninth in the 1987 NCAA Championship. Kris joined the LPGA Tour in 1988. She and Billy Andrade teamed up to win the JC Penney Classic in 1991 and Kris won the 1992 Northgate Computer Classic in Minneapolis. She finished second in two major championships, the 1996 U.S. Open and the 1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore. In 2005, Kris tied the nine-hole LPGA record in relation to par when she shot 29 (-8) on the back nine during the third round of the Weetabix Women’s British Open. A member of the LPGA Legends Tour, Kris won the 2015 Walgreens Charity Classic in Phoenix and later that year helped the Americans defeat the World Team in the ISPS Handa Cup. Kris received the Heather Farr Award in 2000 after coming back from the first of many hip surgeries that hampered her during her career. In 2002 she was named one of 10 outstanding young Americans presented by the United States Junior Chamber. Kris is a member of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Christian University Hall of Fame. Her heartwarming account of her long friendship with golf legend Ben Hogan, Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew, has earned rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
9995 Coralee Jorgensen 2015 Sioux Falls Coralee Jorgensen is currently the Executive Director of The First Tee of South Dakota, a position she took in 2013 after serving as the head golf professional from 2001 at Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls (now The Country Club of Sioux Falls). She has been recognized by Golf Digest as the Best Teacher in South Dakota, previously served as the PGA advisor to the SDGA board of directors and has been elected into the President’s Council for the PGA of America. A standout high school and college golfer, Jorgensen was the Class B state champion for Irene High School in 1978 and the runner-up a year earlier. At the University of South Dakota, where she served as team captain from 1979-81, she led USD to the AIAW state title and was also the 1980 AIAW regional medalist. She was an assistant at Westward Ho CC from 1983-87 and was also an assistant professional at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Oregon from 1987 to 1998.
Marvin White 2015 Rapid City Marv White is a four-time champion in the 70-over division, most recently in 2012. He placed second in the 2007 Men’s Senior Championship and he and Kevin Buntrock of Rapid City teamed to place second the 2014 SDGA Senior Two-Man Championship. White has won the Rapid City Senior Championship as well as club championships at both Arrowhead Country Club and at the Golf Club at Red Rock. He competed in the 1991 and 1999 US Senior Amateur Championship and the 2002 Royal Canadian Senior Amateur Championship. He has won the Iowa Father-Daughter State Championship and has also been a club champion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tucson and Oro Valley, Arizona.
15185 Jay Huizenga 2015 Sioux Falls Jay and Jane Huizenga served the SDGA for 20 years, Jay in the role of Executive Director and Jane serving as Office Manager. During their tenure with the SDGA, they secured a grant through the United States Golf Association to place GHIN computers at all member clubs to be used to promote the USGA Handicap System. The Two-Man and Two-Woman championships were initiated under their watch and they also streamlined the tournament entry process by creating the universal entry form that is still in use. The current Junior Golf Tour was created during their time in office and the SDGA Junior Golf Foundation was created during their tenure. They also started the Huizenga Family Endowment for the good of the SDGA and the game of golf and later renamed their endowment The Boys of Summer Cup Endowment with proceeds designed to help provide educational materials and instruction on the Rules of Golf.
10138 Al Cooke 2015 Sioux Falls Alan Cooke won the SDGA Match Play Championship in 1963 and 1964, reached the semifinals two other times and was the medalist on four occasions when qualifying was held over 36 holes. He was voted South Dakota Independent Athlete of the Year by the SD Sportswriters Association in 1964. Cooke played in the U.S. Junior Championship three times and also reached the semifinals of the Western Junior Championship. He represented South Dakota three times in the International Jaycee Junior Championship during the 1950s. He made the 36-hole cut each time in one of the most prestigious junior tournaments of that era. While at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, Cooke won the individual title twice in the state high school championships and also played on three championship teams.
10244 Alice Bauer 2015 Aberdeen Alice Bauer, the sister of LPGA legend Marlene Bauer Hagge, grew up in Eureka and Aberdeen. She passed away in 2002 in Palm Desert, Calif. At the age of 22, along with her sister, she became one of 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950, the same year she turned professional. In 1955, she tied for the Heart of America Tournament title, but lost in a playoff to Marilynn Smith. In 1956, she finished 14th on the season-ending money list. Being a mother to her two children was her first priority, and therefore she only played on the Tour occasionally. Along with fellow LPGA founder Bettye Danoff, she was the first to take her children on Tour. At the age of 14, Bauer won the 1942 SDGA Women’s Match Play Championship and was voted South Dakota’s Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year. In 1949, she won the Southern California Amateur Championship.
10250 Doris Mernaugh 2015 Watertown Doris Mernaugh, who passed away in 1988, was one of the more successful players of her era. She defeated Illa Kremer of Sioux Falls 3 and 1 to win the 1953 Match Play Championship played in Huron and finished second in that championship on five other occasions. Among her second-place finishes were in 1948 to Othelia Doering of Parkston and in 1960 to Indy Titterington of Yankton. Both women are enshrined in the SDGA Hall of Fame. Mernaugh reached the semifinals on another occasion and also was a quarterfinalist in the most prestigious women’s championship held at the time. The Women’s Match Play Championship was a week-long event, starting on Monday and concluding with an 18-hole finale on Saturday and attracted all the best players in South Dakota. Mernaugh also served as president of the South Dakota Women’s Golf Association and was very active in the Watertown golf community.
9892 Steve Pelzl 2014 Aberdeen Steve Pelzl is a three-time winner in the Senior Two-Man Championship, pairing twice with Mike Brummer of Rapid City to claim the title and winning with Mark Jorgensen of Aberdeen in 2012. Pelzl has been a runner-up five times in the SDGA Men’s Senior Championship, as well as being a runner-up in both the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Men’s Amateur championships. On ten different occasions, he has reached the quarterfinals of the SDGA Match Play Championship. Pelzl has participated in the SoDak Cup five times, compiling an overall record of 7-6-0, and has been a contestant in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. In addition to his success on the state level, Pelzl has won the Dakota Open six times, the CC Lee City Championship seven times, been the low amateur at the Dakotas Tour Western Printing Pro-Am at Moccasin Creek CC eight times (including six consecutive years) and been the low amateur at the Dakotas Tour Watertown Pro-Am nine times.
9860 Paul Schock 2014 Sioux Falls Paul Schock is one of four golfers – and the last – to win both the Men’s Amateur and Men’s Match Play championships in the same year, accomplishing the feat in 2002. Schock reached the semifinals of the Match Play Championship five times and was twice runner-up in the Men’s Amateur Championship, losing in a playoff both times. He was named SDGA Male Golfer of the Year in 1978 and 2002 and has played in six U.S. Amateur championships, one U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and three USGA Men’s team Championships. His 12 wins in SoDak Cup competition is the second most by an amateur and his nine appearances in the SoDak Cup is the second most among amateur golfers. The founder and developer of the Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb., Schock is also a past member of the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee.
9977 Jim Entwisle 2013 Huron Jim Entwisle has won six adult championships, tying him for the 12th most in SDGA history. He won the Match Play Championship in 1980, 1981 and 1986, the Men’s Amateur Championship in 1982 and 1987 and teamed with Alan Bales of Huron to win the 1988 Two-Man Championship. In addition, Entwisle is a five-time state junior champion, participated in the 1981 U.S. Amateur Championship, won the Central South Dakota Open three times and was the low amateur three times at the Hillcrest Pro-Am in Yankton. He was named SDGA Male Golfer of the Year in 1981 and 1987. Currently a member of the SDGA Junior Golf Foundation Board of Directors, Entwisle also served on the SDGA Board of Directors from 1999-2007 and was president of the board in 2005.
12134 Ted Zahn 2012 Aberdeen Ted Zahn joins the SDGA Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012, which brings the number of honorees enshrined to 44. Ted, a native of Aberdeen, was the head professional at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen from 1991 to 1997. In 1979, he was the Director of Education with the National Golf Foundation, writing “Easy Way to Learn Golf,” an instructional booklet that is still in publication. In the early 1980s, Ted started Executive Golf Outings with Yankton native and fellow SDGA Hall of Famer Jim Ahern and PGA Tour professional David Edwards. Ted attended Northern State and was conference medalist three times. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1993 and also served as golf coach for the Wolves, winning numerous conference titles and taking his team to one national championship appearance. Ted is still an active member of the PGA of America and is a coach with The First Tee program at Moccasin Creek CC.
9935 Patty Coddington 2012 Sioux Falls Patty Coddington joins the SDGA Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012, which brings the number of honorees enshrined to 44. Patty, the assistant women’s golf coach at Augustana College since 2007, is a 10-time SDGA champion, making her one of the most prolific female golfers in state history. Her resume includes two wins in the Husband-Wife Championship (1986 and 1988), four victories in the Women’s Pre-Senior Championship (2001, 2003-05), three wins in the Two-Woman Championship (1988 and 1990 with Helen Lang and 2001 with Peggy Kirby) and a victory in the 2011 Women’s Senior Championship. She and her husband, Keel, also finished second in the 2004 Husband-Wife Championship and tied for second in the 2011 Senior Husband-Wife Championship. Patty has represented the SDGA five times in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship. She is currently a member of the SDGA Board of Directors, the SDGA Junior Golf Foundation Board of Directors and the First Tee of South Dakota Advisory Committee. She was the president of the SDGA Board of Directors in 2006.
9866 Pat Lockwood 2011 Brookings Pat Lockwood became the 42nd person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Pat has won 10 SDGA championships. He won the Men’s Match Play title in 1991, won the Men’s Amateur Championship in 1981 and 1998, and teamed with Mark Amundson to win five Two-Man championships and teamed with Mike Brummer to win two Two-Man championships, the most recent in 2008. He has been a runner-up in the Match Play Championship three times (1990, 1996 and 2006) and a runner-up four times in the Men’s Amateur Championship (1977, 1980, 1982 and 2001). Lockwood has competed in four U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, one U.S. Amateur Championship, and has represented the SDGA in three USGA Men’s Team Championships, including 1994 when he finished as the fourth low individual scorer. A winner of 12 Brookings Country Club championships and 10 Brookings City championships, Lockwood played collegiately 2½ years at the University of Missouri, where he won one tournament his sophomore year, and a year at South Dakota State, where he finished second in the North Central Conference meet. He was also eighth in the 1976 Insurance Youth Classic national tournament, a prestigious tournament for junior players. Lockwood was an assistant golf professional at Westward Ho Country Club from 1983-85 and after becoming a Class A professional in 1986, served as the head professional at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen. He was reinstated as an amateur in 1989. He coached both the men’s and women’s golf teams at South Dakota State for five years, leading the women to two NCC championships. Lockwood served on the SDGA board of directors from 1995-2001 and has been a member of the USGA Senior Amateur Committee since 2002.
10281 Tom Byrum 2011 Onida Tom Byrum became the 41st person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. The younger brother of Curt Byrum, Tom has carved out a very successful professional career. After leaving Onida, Tom attended the University of New Mexico for two years before transferring to New Mexico State. Among the many highlights of his professional career, winning the 1989 Kemper Open is at the top. And when Curt won the Hardees Classic later that same year, it marked the first time since 1972 that brothers had won PGA Tour events in the same year. In 2002, Tom finished tied for eighth in the U.S. Open at Bethpage, his best finish in our National Championship. Later that same year in the Reno-Tahoe Open, which was also his 460th Tour start, Tom recorded his first PGA Tour hole-in-one during the second round. He competed in the 1990 and 2003 Masters Tournament. Buoyed by a tie for fourth at the Buick Classic, Tom earned more than $870,000 – a career best – in 2004 to finish tied for 91st on the Tour’s money list. Tom made his Champions Tour debut in 2010, finishing in the money in both events he entered. In addition to his playing career, Tom is currently involved with a nine-hole course, The Training Station, where golfers of all ages play three, six or nine holes.
10146 Curt Byrum 2011 Onida Curt Byrum became the 40th person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Curt is currently a member of Golf Channel’s live tournament broadcast team, handling analyst duties for the network’s coverage of the Nationwide Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. Prior to joining the network in 2001, Curt competed for more than 15 years on the PGA TOUR, accumulating 19 top-10 finishes, highlighted by winning the 1989 Hardee’s Classic. As a member of the Nike Tour (now the Nationwide Tour) he recorded 18 top-10 finishes, featuring two victories -- the 1999 South Florida Classic and the 1993 White Rose Classic. An All-American at the University of New Mexico, Curt returned to competitive golf in 2009 on the Champions Tour, making the cut in two of the three events he entered. During a stellar amateur career in South Dakota, Curt won the SDGA Men’s Amateur Championship in 1976, 1979 and 1980. He also won the 1979 Men’s Match Play Championship, one of only four golfers who have won the Men’s Amateur and Men’s Match Play championships in the same year.
10180 Ray Laird III 2009 Sioux Falls Ray Laird III became the 39th person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Ray is a six-time SDGA champion, including the 1986 and 1989 Men’s Amateur championships and the 1998-99 Senior championships. He was runner-up in the 1975 and 1977 Match Play championships. He has also competed in the US Amateur and US Mid-Amateur championships. In 1982 Laird III joined the USGA Junior Boys Committee, a position he still holds. In 1987 he joined the USGA Rules Committee, and he has officiated at the US Open, the US Senior Open, the US Junior Amateur and the US Amateur.
9960 Mark Amundson 2009 Sioux Falls Mark Amundson became the 38th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. He has won 13 SDGA titles, including Match Play Championships in 1985, 1989, and 2000 and the Men’s Amateur Championship in 1999. He and his wife Margaret won four Husband-Wife Championships and he teamed with Pat Lockwood of Brookings to win the Two-Man Championship five times. Amundson is currently the director of operations for Destination Golf Ventures of Sioux Falls. He is also the director of operations at Sutton Bay and the director of marketing and development for Graham Marsh Golf Design.
10037 Tom Egan 2008 Sioux Falls Tom Egan became the 37th person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Tom was an original member of the SDGA Board of Directors, serving from 1971-1978 and was president in 1972. A former member of the board of directors at Elmwood Golf Course and Westward Ho Country Club, Tom was instrumental in bringing the 1996 USGA Girls Junior Championship to Westward Ho. He also served as the Executive Director of the SDGA in 1996-1997. As a player, Tom and his wife, Mary Ann, won the inaugural SDGA Husband and Wife Championship in 1975. Tom also won the 1984 Pre-Senior Championship and was second in the 1987 Senior Championship.
9879 Roger Legge 2008 Aberdeen Roger Legge became the 36th person inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Roger won the 1996 SDGA Match Play Championship and finished second in the Men’s Stroke Play Championship five times, including 1993 and 1995 when he lost in a playoff each time to Ryan Jansa. Roger also won the Dakota Open in Aberdeen a record seven times. In 1996, he was named SDGA Male Golfer of the Year, a season in which he won the Match Play Championship, finished third in the Men’s Stroke Play Championship, and tied for second in the Two-Man Championship. He also lost in a playoff at a US Open qualifier and captured the amateur division in the Hillcrest Pro-Am. Roger has competed in nine SoDak Cup events and has been on the winning amateur team seven times. At the time of his induction, his 11 total victories were the second most by an amateur in the history of the event. A member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, Roger served on the SDGA Board of Directors from 1997-2006 and was the president in 2000. He has also served on the Moccasin Creek Board of Directors.
10280 Bob Masson 2007 Brookings Bob Masson became the 35th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Through the junior golf program at Brookings Country Club, Bob had an influence on 35 winners of SDGA Championships, state titles in North Dakota and Montana and 11 South Dakota high school individual championships, along with 13 titles won by Brookings high school golf teams. He owned and operated Parline Golf in Brookings with his wife, Ceci. His golf shop was recognized twice by Golf Digest magazine as one of the "Top 100 Golf Shops in America." Through Parline Golf, Masson helped form the KELO-TV/Parline Junior Golf Tour, a series of junior golf tournaments held each summer throughout South Dakota. This tour became the foundation for what is now the SDGA Junior Golf Tour. Masson’s influence on the game of golf wasn’t limited to just Brookings golfers. He conducted clinics at many 9-hole courses in South Dakota that did not have a golf professional. He fostered relationships through these clinics as many of the participants eventually became students, taking individual lessons from Masson in Brookings or at their home course.
10279 Terry Crouch 2007 Sioux Falls Terry Crouch became the 34th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. His accomplishments on the course include being the head golf professional at Minnehaha Country Club for 32 years. He also served as the club’s General Manager and Director of Golf. During his time at Minnehaha CC, more than 60 of Terry’s students won SDGA Championships. One of Terry’s students, Kris Tschetter, who has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 1987, credits him as being one of the most influential people in the development of her golf game. Terry became involved with the SDGA in 1970 and seved as the SDGA’s Professional Golf Advisor. He was also a member of the Minnesota PGA section when he served on the board of directors. He served as chairman of National Golf Day for the Minnesota Section as well. In addition, Terry re-established the caddie program at Minnehaha CC and managed the Jeff Vangen Memorial Caddie Scholarship program for 27 years.
9865 Mike Brummer 2006 Rapid City Mike Brummer became the 33rd person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. His accomplishments on the golf course include 11 SDGA Championships. He has won the following championships: Match Play Championship in 1990 and 1999; Pre-Senior Championship in 1990, 1994, 1996, 2003 and 2004; Senior Championship in 2005 and 2006; Two-Man Championship in 2003 (with Pat Lockwood of Brookings); and Senior Two-Man Championship in 2006 (with Steve Pelzl of Aberdeen). In addition to his SDGA Championships, Mike is a two-time runner up in the SDGA Stroke Play Championship, a two-time runner-up in the SDGA Pre-Senior Championship, an 11-time Rapid City Amateur champion, a four-time Arrowhead Pro-Am amateur champion, an eight-time SoDak Cup participant, a two-time winner of US Open local qualifiers, and a USGA Amateur Public Links qualifier. Mike was the 1990 SDGA Male Golfer of the Year, along with the 1990 South Dakota Sportswriters Association Independent Athlete of the Year. He was Inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and was the Rapid City Sports Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1982 and 1991. He was also named the Class B Region VI Golf Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
9921 Peggy Kirby 2005 Sioux Falls Peggy Kirby became the 32nd person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Her accomplishments on the golf course include 8 SDGA Championships. She won the following championships: Women’s Stroke Play from 1973-75 along with 1977 and 1982; Husband and Wife in 1994; and the Two-Woman in 2001 (with Patty Coddington of Sioux Falls). In 2006 she also won the Pre-Senior Championship. In addition to SDGA Championships, Peggy was the Sioux Falls City Champion 17 times. She was the state junior champion from 1971-1973 and was also a member of the 1975 Arizona State University national championship team. Peggy qualified for match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1976 and 1977, as well as qualified for the 1978 U.S. Women’s Open where she finished as seventh-low amateur after 72 holes. Peggy also qualified for match play at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1996. She represented South Dakota three times in USGA Team Championships in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Peggy was the South Dakota Sportswriters Association Female Athlete of the Year in 1973 as well as the SDGA Female Player of the Year 6 times (1973-75, 1978, 1982 and 2001). Peggy was inducted into the O’Gorman High School Hall of Fame in 1999.
10256 Kathy Kober 2004 Rapid City Kathy Kober became the 31st person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Kathy’s accomplishments put her in a rare group in the history of South Dakota women’s golf. She is one of just five females to win four consecutive SDGA titles, joining fellow Hall of Famer Ottilie Doering of Parkston, Watertown’s Becky Larson, and Kris Tschetter and Shannon Johnson, both of Sioux Falls, in this elite class of golfers. Kathy was the second golfer to win four straight championships and the first winner of the SDGA Women’s Championship when the tournament changed from match play to its present stroke-play format. Kathy won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship from 1963-1966, a streak that started a year after she was beaten in the finals of the 1962 Women’s Championship by current Hall of Fame member Indy Titterington of Yankton. Kathy was honored as the South Dakota Sportswriters Association Independent Athlete of the Year in 1965 and was also inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
10170 Marv Widness 2003 Sioux Falls Marv Widness became the 30th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Marv was the SDGA Senior Champion in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987. In addition to his SDGA Championships, Marv was the Sioux Falls City Champion in 1974, the Westward Ho Club Champion in the 1980’s and the SDGA Senior Runner-Up in 1985. He began caddying at the age of 14 in St. Paul , MN., and was a member of his high school golf team.
10141 Jim Ahern 2000 Yankton Jim Ahern became the 29th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame in 2000 and the 4th person with ties to Yankton to be enshrined. Jim won SDGA Match Play Championships in 1970 and 1971, becoming the first to win consecutive Match Play titles since Al Cooke of Sioux Falls did it in 1963 and 1964. He played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State. He was the head teaching professional from 1980-1985 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, the site of the 1999 US Senior Open. A member of the PGA Champions Tour, Jim captured his first Champions tour event in 1999, defeating Hale Irwin in a play-off at the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. He was just the 7th Monday qualifier in Champions Tour history at the time to go on and win an event. That season, he was selected by the PGA of America as the Senior Club Professional Player of the Year. Jim won his second Champions Tour crown in 2003, capturing the title in the Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland. He has seven other professional victories on his resume, including the 1992 South Dakota Open title. Jim owns and operates Executive Golf Ltd. a company specializing in producing golf tournaments and clinics for a growing number of Fortune 500 corporations.
10278 Jack Davenport 2000 Milbank Jack Davenport became the 28th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame, joining Yankton’s Jim Ahern in the Class of 2000. An accomplished player, Jack was recognized for all he did to help others enjoy the game. Rather than playing, Jack devoted his time to teaching and building golf courses. Rather than playing golf during what should have been his peak years, Jack opted to offer lessons and take over the running of the Milbank High school program to ensure the school was able to field a team. Jack’s work as a designer and course builder can be found in Milbank, where he laid out and supervised the construction of the new nine holes at Pine Hills GC in 1996. He also built Fountain Springs in Rapid City, Olive Grove GC in Groton, Meadow Creek GC in Volga, Castlewood and a course at Big Stone. Proving that no project was ever too small, Davenport, asked to build something for kids to play, designed and built a sand-green layout in Goodwin. By the time Davenport was ready to devote more time to his game, he was eligible for the Senior circuit. Twice he finished second. He did win one 70-over title and twice was a runner-up in this division.
9986 Dave Hanten 1997 Sioux Falls Dave Hanten became the 27th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Dave was a force in SDGA championships for 17 years, bursting on the scene as a 15-year-old when he finished second to Phil Donohue in the 1961 Match Play Championship. Dave was the first South Dakota golfer to win six major championships, a record that stood until Ryan Jansa of Sioux Falls eclipsed that mark in 2003. Dave won Match Play crowns in 1969, 1974, and 1976 and was the Stroke Play winner in 1974, 1975, and 1977. He was the first person to win the both the Match Play and Stroke Play championships in the same year (1974), a feat that has been accomplished only four other times. Dave also was runner-up in the Match Play two other times and was medalist in the event four times in a six-year span (1971-76). Dave was a five-time USGA National Amateur Qualifier and a two-time USGA National Junior Qualifier. He was a two-time South Dakota high school champion, as well as a two-time State Jaycee Junior Champion. He was a WAC Collegiate Conference Champion and a WAC All-Conference Selection. Dave was a three-time low amateur in the Arrowhead CC Pro-Am and he has won 17 city championships and 14 Shortstop/Sunday Tournaments. Dave set the course record at Minnehaha Country Club in 1980 (when it was played to a par 70) with a 61. He is currently the Director of Golf at Willow Run Golf Course and is a past president of the SDGA.
10156 John Derby 1996 Rapid City John Derby became the 26th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. His golfing accomplishments include one SDGA Championship. He was the Pre-Senior Champion in 1982. In addition to his SDGA Championship, John was the Arrowhead Country Club Champion in 1968, 1977, 1978, 1982, and 1984. He was also the Arrowhead Pro-Am Low Gross Amateur in 1975 and 1977, as well as the Arrowhead Senior Low Gross in 1987 and 1993. John was the Arrowhead Country Club Stampede Champion in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, and 1987. He was also the Black Hills Pre-Senior Champion in 1984 and the Black Hills Senior Champion in 1987. In the SDGA Match Play Championship, John made it to the semi-finals at the age of 52. John served as the Chairman or Co-Chairman of the Arrowhead Pro-Am for 19 years. John started his professional career in 1956, where he was a shop assistant at the Lafayette Country Club in Orono, Minnesota . He moved on to the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis as an assistant, and then in 1959 was hired as the assistant golf pro at the Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, Minnesota. John then became the head golf pro at the Wickenburg Country Club in Wickenburg, Arizona in 1962.
10277 Dean Shortridge 1996 Aberdeen Dean Shortridge became the 25th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Dean came from a family of golfers, and three of his four brothers became PGA club professionals. He started his career in golf as a caddie at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul, Minn. He moved on to become an assistant professional at Hillcrest Country Club in St. Paul and then an assistant club professional at Rochester Country Club in Rochester, Minn. Dean then came to South Dakota, where he remained a part of the Aberdeen Country Club until 1971. In 1949, he became the Head Professional of the Aberdeen Country Club. Prairiewood (which is now known as Moccasin Creek Country Club) opened in 1971 and Dean became the first Head Professional and worked there until he retired in 1986. He became an honorary Life Member of the Club in 1985. Dean is also a Life Member of the PGA of America.
9972 Terry Comstock 1995 Sioux Falls Terry Comstock became the 24th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Terry’s accomplishments on the golf course include a SDGA Match Play Championship in 1965. He first began competing in golf tournaments in 1960, when at the age of 16 he qualified for the National Junior Tournament at Waterloo, Iowa. Terry won his state high school golf championship in 1961 and played for Indiana University from 1963-1965. Terry qualified to play on the PGA Tour in 1967. He played 15 events on the Tour from 1967-1969. Terry became the assistant golf professional at Elmwood from 1972-1975. In 1976, he became the head professional and stayed through 2002. He developed Willow Run Golf Course with Dave Hanten in 1985 and redesigned the Elmwood East Nine with Tom Jansa in 1987. Terry’s father, Ev Comstock, is also a Hall of Fame member.
9965 Anne Borgmann 1995 Sioux Falls Anne Borgmann became the 23rd person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Her golfing accomplishments include winning the Senior Division of the SDGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship 5 times. She also won the SDGA Husband-Wife Championship with her husband, John, in 1977 and 1978. Anne played in every SDGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship for over 20 years and during those years she qualified for the championship flight every time except one. In addition to her SDGA accomplishments, Anne’s first-place finishes include the Westward Ho Country Club Championship 3 times, the Westward Ho Country Club Senior Championship 4 times and the Sioux Falls City Senior Championship 2 times. She was the Elmwood Golf Course club champion from 1972-1974 and has participated in many Sioux Falls City Tournaments. Anne also won several club championships and small invitational tournaments in Columbia, Missouri. Anne was named the SDGA Senior Female Golfer of the Year 5 times.
10228 Ruth Miller 1994 Sioux Falls Ruth Miller became the 22nd person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Her golfing accomplishments include 6 consecutive SDGA Championships. She won the Women’s Senior Championship every year from 1974-1979. Along with her SDGA Championships, Ruth was also the Elmwood Ladies 9-hole Champion in 1979, and again from 1981-1984. Ruth served as Elmwood’s 9-hole club president in 1976 and 1977.
10140 George Meyers 1992 Rapid City George Meyers became the 21st person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. His golfing accomplishments include one SDGA Championship. In 1967, George was the first Match Play Champion from Rapid City. In addition to his SDGA Championship, George was an SDGA Championship runner-up in 1970. He also competed in the Tournament of Champions in Johnston, Pennsylvania, and won the long-driving contest with a distance of 328 yards. George’s longest drive ever was accomplished at the Aberdeen Country Club in 1959 when he hit a drive 440 yards. George was named South Dakota’s Independent Athlete of the Year in 1967 and was inducted into the Rapid City Hall of Fame as Athlete of the Year in 1986. He was on the golf teams at both Huron High School and Huron College. Also, George has competed in tournaments in western and eastern South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Carolina, where he won many tournaments, medalist honors, and team events. George served on the SDGA Board from 1967 to 1976, along with serving on the Black Hills Golf Association Board. He has also served on the Golf Digest course rating committee.
10129 Ivan Steen 1991 Brookings Ivan Steen became the 20th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Ivan won 2 SDGA Match Play Championships, one in 1948 and another in 1952, where he beat Phil Donohue, another Hall of Famer. In addition to his SDGA Championships, Ivan finished second place 2 times in the SDGA Match Play. He won the Brookings Labor Day event 6 times and the Central South Dakota in Huron 3 times. Ivan began his golfing career as a caddy in Brookings. He was the runner-up in the 1941 state high school tournament and his first state amateur championship was in 1942. He helped in the early stages of forming the SDGA and served on the Board of Directors of both Brookings Country Club and Minnehaha Country Club.
10230 Ila Michael 1990 Rapid City Ila Michael became the 19th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Her golfing accomplishments include winning the SDGA Women’s State Senior Championship six times. She was also the Women’s Stroke Play Champion and the Two-Woman Best Ball Net Division Champion. Ila was the SDGA Women’s State Senior Championship runner-up 3 times. She was also a 16-time Elks Ladies Champion and a Meadowbrook Golf Club Ladies Champion 3 times. Ila was the Senior Female Golfer of the Year in 1986 and 1987. She served on the USGA Women’s Public Links Committee for 6 years and assisted in the Junior Golf program at the Elks Club in Rapid City.
10276 Robert E. Marchand 1987 Yankton Robert Marchand became the 18th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame, joining fellow Yankton products Laddie Cimpl and Indy Titterington in the hall. Bob started his career in Yankton in 1961 serving as both Head Professional and Grounds Superintendent. His first project at Hillcrest (then just a 9-hole club) was enlarging five tees and all the greens. In 1964 he started a very successful junior program which over the years produced many state champions. Bob and his wife, Toots, started the Bob and Toots Husband-Wife tournament that many clubs have copied through the years. The SDGA Husband-Wife Championship is an outgrowth of the Bob and Toots Tournament. In 1971 Bob oversaw the expansion of Hillcrest to 18 holes with an underground irrigation system and the planting of one thousand trees. In 1976, he retired as Club Professional to become full-time Superintendent. Bob was consulted on the construction of many local courses, and in 1983, he was instrumental in the reconstruction of number 16 and 17 at Hillcrest. Bob was also very instrumental in the formation of the Hillcrest Pro-Am in 1974, which remains to this day the biggest event on the Dakotas Tour.
10275 John DeRudder 1986 Rapid City John DeRudder became the 17th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. John started his career in golf at the age of 12 when he began caddying at the Midlothian Country Club in Chicago, where he later served as caddy master and assistant professional. He worked at courses around the Chicago area after he served 4 years in World War II. In 1956, John became the head pro at Arrowhead Country Club in Rapid City. After 9 years at Arrowhead, John moved to Meadowbrook Golf Course and became the pro there until his retirement in 1983. John helped develop many fine golfers, including fellow SDGA Hall of Fame members Kathy Kober and Mike Brummer.
10273 Gene Reiter 1985 Sioux Falls Gene Reiter joined Lorne Bartling of Brookings in the SDGA Hall of Fame Class of 1985, bringing the number of honorees enshrined ito 16. Gene spent 38 years on the maintenance crew at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, the last 32 as course superintendent before retiring in 1988. He was well-respected statewide because of his knowledge of golf course maintenance practices. Gene was a major contributor to the enjoyment of the game in South Dakota because of his technical knowledge of growing grass. He was consulted on the construction of many layouts in South Dakota. In 1963, along with former MCC golf professional and SDGA Hall of Fame member Ed Livingston, Gene constructed Par Mar Valley GC in Parker. Gene was also involved in a variety of ways with the construction of golf courses in Dell Rapids, Lennox, Hartford, Colman, Tyndall, Platte, and Parkston as well as the second nine holes at Madison CC. In 1975, he helped enlarge Brookings Country Club from 9 to 18 holes. Five years after completion, Brookings CC hosted the Men’s Stroke Play Championship and a year later the club hosted the Match Play Championship. Gene was a longtime member of the USGA Greens Section and along with Dave Edison of Watertown CC and Tedd Evans of Brookings CC helped form the South Dakota Golf Course Superintendents Association. Gene served as that group’s first president.
10274 Lorne Bartling 1985 Brookings Lawrence “Lorne” Bartling joined Gene Reiter in the SDGA Hall of Fame Class of 1985. Lorne was a fixture on the South Dakota championship scene for years, beginning as a 16-year-old in 1931. And for 36 consecutive years he qualified for the Match Play Championship, finishing as the runner-up three times. A winner of nine Brookings Country Club championships, Lorne lost in the 36-hole finale to SDGA Hall of Famer Ralph Porter of Sioux Falls in 1935, to John Enright of Sioux Falls in 1954, and to Al Cooke of Sioux Falls in 1963. Lorne won the SDGA Senior Championship twice -- in 1965 and then again in 1967. A tireless promoter of golf in South Dakota, Lorne served on the SDGA Board of Directors from 1977 through 1983 and was the SDGA president in 1982. Lorne was also a member of the Brookings Park Board and helped with the planning and development of Edgebrook Golf Course located on the city’s east side.
10272 Gary Wiren 1984 Huron Gary Wiren was the 14th person to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame. A native of Omaha, Neb., the Huron College graduate is recognized as one of the best golf instructors in the world. He has written or participated in the writing of more than 200 magazine articles and 11 books. He has 13 film credits and four videos on the market, including the award-wining "The Fascinating World of Golf." He has taught more than 250,000 people in 34 countries. He has been featured on ESPN's "How to Play Your Best Golf" and the Golf Channel's "Preserving the Game." Gary is a three-time national winner of the Golf Collectors' Society wooden-shafted tournament and one of its premier collectors. He has won the South Florida Seniors PGA title, the South Florida long-driving championship, played in the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Senior Championship. For six years Gary was a professional panelist for Golf Digest magazine. Gary has received several awards, among them the national Joe Graffis Award for educational contributions to golf from the National Golf Foundation and the National Merit Award from the Golf Course Owners Association of America. He is an honorary member of the New Zealand PGA and an educational consultant for the Japanese PGA. In 1987 Gary was named by the PGA of America as its Teacher of the Year. He is currently ranked ninth in Golf Digest magazine's list of the 50 best teachers. He is a member of four halls of fame in the United States.
10155 Don Platt 1983 Sioux Falls Don Platt became the 13th person to be enshrined in the SDGA Hall of Fame. Don was the first Executive Director of the South Dakota Golf Association, serving in that capacity from 1971 until 1985. Under his direction, the SDGA implemented a course-rating program, developed the Tee to Green magazine, and also introduced a handicap system for its individual members. Golfer of the Year Awards were introduced and Don and the Board of Directors also developed a course rotation schedule for the SDGA Championships. Prior to Don becoming the Executive Director, the only championships conducted by the SDGA were the Men’s Match Play Championship, Men’s Senior, and the Women’s Championship which was played at match play until 1963 The following events were added to the SDGA schedule during Don’s tenure: Men’s Stroke Play (1971), Husband and Wife (1975), Junior (1979), Men’s Pre-Senior (1980) and Women’s Senior (1974). An accomplished golfer as well, Don won the SDGA Pre-Senior Championship three times (1981, 1983, 1985) and the SDGA Senior Championship in 1990.
10252 Indy Titterington 1982 Yankton Indy Titterington became the 12th person to be elected to the SDGA Hall of Fame. Indy was a six-time SDGA champion. She won the Women’s Amateur five times, including four when the event was contested at match play (1956, 1959-60, 1962). Only Hall of Fame member Ottilie Doering won more Match Play Championships than Indy. Indy’s final women’s title came in 1967 when the tournament was contested at stroke play. She won the Senior Championship in 1980. She was a four-time runner-up in the Women’s Amateur (1955, 1957, 1965 and 1968) and was runner-up in the 1981 Senior Championship. Indy was a runner-up in the Minnesota Women’s Amateur tournament in 1934, as well as a two-time runner-up in the Iowa Women’s Amateur where she set the qualifying-round record in 1938. Indy was named the Independent Athlete of the Year in 1962 by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association and was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Indy was one of nine children and her father, George Morton, was a club pro and club maker in Scotland at St. Andrews and Royal St. George’s.
10124 Hobe Richards 1980 Watertown Hobe Richards became the 11th person to be enshrined in the SDGA Hall of Fame. Hobe’s long career in golf touched many lives across South Dakota. An accomplished player in his own right, winning the 1943 SDGA Match Play Championship and the South Dakota Open seven times during his storied career, he made his name through his tutelage of countless junior players. A longtime teacher in Webster and Huron, many of Hobe’s pupils went on to win SDGA titles. Among his stable of champions are: George Meyers, Rob Sondreal, Jim Entwisle, Dave Hanten, Jim Brinkman, Mike Bloomberg, Patsy Ehret, Rick Werner and H.L. Saylor III. Hobe coached the Huron High School boys and girls golf teams for 14 years and in 1974 the boys team won the State Championship. He was the head golf professional at Webster and then moved on to the Huron Country Club in 1958 where he remained the head professional until his retirement in 1981.
10271 Ottilie Doering 1979 Sioux Falls Ottilie Doering was the most dominant female golfer of her time, winning a record seven SDGA Women’s Championships in a span of 16 years beginning in 1932. She became the first female to win four consecutive women’s championships, accomplishing that feat from 1936 through 1939. She won again in 1941 before capturing her final title in 1948. Considering that no championships were conducted during 1943, 1944 and 1945 because of World War II, her record shows she won seven of 14 championships during this span, a string unmatched by any male or female golfer in South Dakota history. All her titles were contested at match play. The first was at Watertown. The final was at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, where she made her home with her husband, Dr. E.R. Doering beginning in 1940 after moving his dental practice from Parkston. Her four consecutive titles came at Watertown, Lead, Elmwood and Aberdeen. She beat LPGA pioneer Alice Bauer (sister of Hall of Famer Marlene Bauer Hagge) of Aberdeen in the 36-hole finale in 1941, then finished second to Bauer a year later. Ottilie was the vice president of the South Dakota Republican Party from 1935-37 and was secretary of the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1939 to 1947. Her competitive career ended in 1953 when she spent the summer in Germany in an exchange program under the Smith-Mundt Act.
10270 Laddie Cimpl 1979 Yankton A driving force behind the establishment of the South Dakota Golf Association in 1971, Laddie Cimple joined Ottilie Doering of Parkston as a member of the third class of inductees to be elected to the SDGA Hall of Fame. Laddie was one of seven original members of the SDGA Board of Directors, serving in that capacity from 1971 through 1978. He was the SDGA president in 1973-74, helping develop the blueprint the organization follows to this day. A tireless promoter of golf in Yankton and South Dakota, Laddie was a founding member of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Yankton. He was a long-time chairman of the Hillcrest Pro-Am, helping turn that event into the most successful stop on the Dakotas Tour. He served three terms as president of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and was instrumental in the building of both nine-hole sides of the layout that was formerly a sand-greens venue located four miles outside of Yankton. Laddie, along with his father, L.A., brothers, Jim and John, and great-uncle John Marek, founded Cimpl Packing in Yankton in 1949. Laddie served on the Board of Trustees at Mount Marty College and the gymnasium on the campus of Mount Marty is named in his honor.
10269 Charles Howard 1978 Aberdeen Charles Howard became the 8th member to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame, joining this illustrious group in 1978. He was the man most responsibe for maintaining a golf championship among South Dakota athletic tournaments during the 1930’s, securing sites and organizing the competition. An Aberdeen native, he became enamored with golf while attending Princeton and Harvard. He won the South Dakota amateur crown in 1933. He was a longtime member of Aberdeen Country Club and he won many club titles.
10268 C. Irvin Krumm 1978 Huron C. Irvin Krumm became the 7th member to be inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame, entering the Hall, along with Aberdeen’s Charles Howard, in 1978. He was a big promoter of junior golf. Irv learned his golf playing on the sand greens in his native Iowa as well as Redfield, Iroquois, and Irene. His accomplishments on the course include Match Play Champion in 1932 and a runner-up finish in 1936. He also took the 70-and-over championship in the 1970 SDGA Senior Championship. Irv was a member of the greens, grounds and tournament committees during many years of play at Huron Country Club. He taught at Redfield High School from 1923-27 and served as superintendent of schools at Iroquois from 1927-40.