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Name Year Inducted City Skill/Contribution
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.
10116 Ralph Porter 1977 Sioux Falls Ralph "Skinny" Porter was elected to the SDGA Hall of Fame in 1977, joining Phil Donohue, Ev. Comstock Sr., Marlene Bauer Hagge, Ed Livingston, and John Rachetto in the first class of golfers honored. The first dominant male golfer in South Dakota history, Ralph won four Match Play Championships in a six-year span from 1930 to 1935, at which time he left South Dakota for California at the age of 24. A state high school champion golfer for Sioux Falls Washington, Ralph won his final SDGA Match Play Championship in 1935 at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls.
10120 John Rachetto 1977 Deadwood John Rachetto was elected to the SDGA Hall of Fame in 1977, chosen to be a part of the inaugural class of golfing greats. John was the first golfer from west of the Missouri River to win a South Dakota state championship. John, the winner of countless tournaments in the Black Hills area, captured the first of his three SDGA Match Play titles in 1937. He followed with Match Play titles in 1941and again in 1951. And it wasn’t until 1967, when George Meyers of Rapid City won, that a golfer from the Black Hills area won another men’s SDGA Championship. John also won a pair of SDGA Senior Championships in the 70-over division. In the winter, John didn’t stay idle waiting for the golf season. He worked for years at Terry Peak near Deadwood as a ski instructor, a job he held at the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame at the age of 73.
10266 Ed Livingston 1977 Sioux Falls Longtime South Dakota golf professional Ed Livingston was part of the first class of inductees into the SDGA Hall of Fame. Ed was one of South Dakota’s pioneer golf enthusiasts. He worked at Irene and Vermillion before becoming a golf pro at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls. He was the head professional there for 14 years and then moved on to Minnehaha Country Club in 1944, where he remained the golf professional until his death in 1964. A number of Sioux Falls golfers, many of them state champions, got their start under his tutelage and watchful eye. A highly respected high school basketball and football official, Ed was selected to work 15 consecutive Class A state high school basketball tournaments.
10130 Phil Donohue 1977 Sioux Falls Phil Donohue was elected to the SDGA Hall of Fame in 1977, one of six golfers to be a part of the first class of inductees. The best player of his day, Phil won the SDGA Match Play Championship in 1949, 1960, and 1961. In addition to Phil’s three SDGA Championships, he was also the Match Play runner-up in 1951 and 1952, as well as the event’s medalist a total of six times. Once he became a senior, Phil dominated that division in South Dakota, winning five titles between 1969 and 1982 (including four titles from 1969 through 1973). An Iowa native, Phil played collegiately at Notre Dame and earned All-America honors in 1940. While at Notre Dame, he shot a course-record 5-under 67, one of six course records he established in five states. At the 1943 Texas Open in a field that included PGA legend Byron Nelson, he had the second-best scored among amateurs and also beat all the professionals in the tournament’s long drive contest. Phil qualified for the U.S. Amateur five times (reaching the semifinals once) and for the National Seniors once. Phil won the gold medal in the 75-over division at the national Senior Games in 1995. At the urging of former USGA executive director Joe Dey, Phil served as a USGA representative for 30 years, beginning in 1954 and ending in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping Meadowbrook Golf Course in Rapid City secure the 1984 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship -- the first USGA event ever contested in South Dakota. Phil helped organize the South Dakota Golf Association. He served on the Board of Directors from 1979-85 and was its president in 1983-84.
10267 Ev Comstock, Sr. 1977 Sioux Falls Ev Comstock Sr., was one of the first six people to be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, being selected as a member of the inaugural Class of 1977. His first encounter with golf came as a 10-year-old caddie in 1922 after his family moved to a farm near Aberdeen Country Club. Ev later became a caddie and then an assistant pro at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls before becoming the head professional at Aberdeen in 1928. Known as "Mr. Golf" in South Dakota, Ev was a pro at Huron, Yankton and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, before becoming the head professional at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls beginning in 1947. Ev held that position at Elmwood Golf Course for 28 years until he retired in 1975. While at Elmwood, he introduced pull carts to area golfers. The clubhouse at Elmwood Golf Course is named in his honor. Ev won his age division (60-64) at the National PGA Senior Championships in 1973. Ev and his wife, Eileen, had seven children. All seven of their children took up the game of golf and the Elmwood operation became a family affair. Both of the Comstock daughters, Jeanne and Carol, won state Amateur titles, as did sons Byron, Terry, and David. All five of their sons followed Ev’s lead in becoming golf professionals.
10265 Marlene Bauer Hagge 1977 Aberdeen Marlene Bauer Hagge was inducted into the SDGA Hall of Fame in 1977, one of six people to be honored in the inaugural class. Born in Eureka, she made her mark in golf on the national scene. In 1950, along with her sister, Alice, Marlene became one of the 1 charter members of the LPGA. She got her first Tour Victory at the Sarasota Open in 1952 when she was 18 years old. Marlene remains the youngest player ever to join the LPGA Tour and the youngest winner of an LPGA event. She became the first woman on the LPGA Tour to top $20,000 in a single year ($20,235) in 1956 and earned a total of $482,031 in her career. Marlene won a total of 25 LPGA Tour events over a 20 year period (from 1952-1972). She also set the LPGA record for nine holes with a 29 at the 1971 Buick Open. Marlene was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, along with the Golfer of the Year and Teenage of the Year in 1949. She was a member of the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. Marlene's father, Dave Bauer, was a former Pro at Hyde Park Golf Course (which is now Lee Park) in Aberdeen. Her sister, Alice, also played in the LPGA Tour.