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Herman Barron

Herman Barron (Golf.  Born, Port Chester, NY, Dec. 23, 1909; died, Pompano Beach, FL, June 6, 1978.)  Resident pro at the Fenway C.C. for 43 years, Herman Barron was also a solid tournament golfer.  Barron twice won the Met P.G.A. (1937, 1940), took the Western Open in 1942, and the Philadelphia Inquirer tournament in 1946.  He was also on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1947.

Pamela Barton

 Pamela Barton (Golf.  Born, London, England, Mar. 4, 1917; died, Kent, England, Nov. 13, 1943.)  A British women’s golf prodigy, Pamela Barton was runner-up in the British women’s championship in 1934 and 1935 before winning the title in 1936.  Barton came to the U.S. the same year and won the 1936 U.S. women’s championship at Canoe Brook (Summit, N.J.), defeating Maureen Orcutt in the final, 4 and 3.  She again won the British championship in 1939, months before the outbreak of World War II.  Barton was a flight officer in the W.A.A.F. and was killed when the R.A.F. plane she was aboard crashed on a training mission.

Frank Beard

Frank Beard (Golf.  Born, Dallas, TX, May 1, 1939.)  Although he shot successive 67s for the final two rounds, Frank Beard didn’t seem to have much of a chance to win the $50,000 first prize in the 1969 Westchester Classic.  In a field that included all the legends (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, etc.), Beard seemed outclassed.  He was down four strokes on the last day, but a birdie 3 on 18 gave him his first lead (on the tournament’s final hole).  Beard edged young Bert Greene by a stroke with his 13-under 275.  Dan Sikes was third at 277.  That year, Beard finished as the leading money winner on the P.G.A. tour.  Beard twice won the Tournament of Champions (1967 and 1970) and played on two Ryder Cup teams for the U.S. (1969, 1971).

Patty Berg

Patty Berg (Golf.  Born, Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 13, 1918; died, Fort Myers, FL, Sept. 10, 2006.)  One of the first six women pro golfers in America, Patricia Jane Berg was a fan favorite who played many tournaments in the New York area during her long career.  Berg won over 80 tournaments as an amateur and pro and was the first president of the original women’s P.G.A. in 1948.  She became a major name in women’s golf by reaching the final of the U.S. women’s national championship in 1935, losing to Glenna Collett Vare.  In three years, Berg won 13 tournaments and captured the national title in 1938, beating defender Estelle Lawson Page.  She turned pro in 1940, signing to represent Wilson Sporting Goods for $7,500, and took the U.S. Women’s Open in 1946.  As an amateur, Berg was on the U.S. Curtis Cup teams in 1936 and 1938.  She won the L.P.G.A. world title in 1953, 1954, 1955, and 1957.  The other five original women pros were Helen Hicks (Mrs. Harb), Mrs. Opal S. Hill, Helen Dottweiler, Helen MacDonald, and Babe Didrickson Zaharias.

George Blossom

George Blossom (Golf.  Born, Chicago, IL, July 10, 1890; died, Chicago, IL, Dec. 12, 1960.)  A Yale graduate (1914) and an insurance executive, George W. Blossom, Jr., was president of the U.S. Golf Association (1942-43) and was instrumental in establishing the U.S.G.A. Golf Museum now located at Far Hills, N.J.

P.J. Boatwright

P.J. Boatwright (Golf.  Born, Augusta, GA, Nov. 8, 1927; died, Morristown, NJ, Apr. 5, 1991.)  From an above-average amateur golfer, Purvis James Boatwright rose to become executive director of the U.S. Golf Association.  Considered the world’s leading authority on golf rules, Boatwright succeeded Joe Dey as U.S.G.A. executive director in 1969.  He served in that position until 1980 and continued to consult with organizations throughout the world on rules of the game until his death.

Julius Boros

Julius Boros (Golf.  Born, Fairfield, CY, Mar. 3, 1920; died, Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 28, 1974.)  Joining the P.G.A. Tour in 1950, Julius Nicholas Boros played it for a quarter-century.  Boros won under $1 million purse money during that time, but older was definitely better for him.  Almost half of his prize winnings came after his 40th birthday.  Boros won the U.S. Open twice (1952, 1963) and the latter win made him the second-oldest ever to take that title (next to Ted Ray, 1920).  But there was more to come.  In 1968, Boros captured the P.G.A. championship at San Antonio, Tex., and the Westchester Classic.  He finally switched to senior play and won the P.G.A. Senior in 1971.

Alberta Bower

Alberta Bower (Golf.  Born, Owensboro, KY, Oct. 4, 1922.)  Unique in the history of amateur golf, Mrs. Albert Bunker Bower (nee Little) won state championships in four different states, including New York (1964).  She also won the women’s Metropolitan title twice (1966, 1974).  Earlier, Mrs. Bower won state titles in Kentucky (1939), Maryland (1945), and Massachusetts (1957).

Mike Brady

Mike Brady (Golf.  Born, Brighton, MA, Apr. 15, 1887; died, Ocala, FL, Dec. 3, 1972.)  Twice runner-up in the U.S. Open (1911, 1919), Michael Joseph Brady won numerous other events during his pro career, including the Western Open (1922), the Metropolitan Open (1924), and the Westchester Open (1925).

Red Brosch

Red Brosch (Golf.  Born, Farmingdale, NY, Nov. 8, 1911; died, Mineola, NY, Dec. 10, 1975.)  The leading pro golfer on Long Island in the 1940s and 1950s, Alfred Brosch won the Long Island Open a record 10 times starting in 1939.  Brosch was also the first pro ever to shoot 60 for a round in a P.G.A. tournament.  He did it in the third round of the Texas Open at San Antonio in 1951, but Dutch Harrison won the event.  Brosch won the Metropolitan P.G.A. three times (1938, 1941, 1947).  In 1947, he won three major local events – the Metropolitan P.G.A., the Long Island Open, and the Long Island P.G.A.  One of his most exciting wins came in the 1946 Long Island Open, when he beat Joe Turnesa by four strokes in an 18-hole playoff at Hempstead.  During his peak years, Brosch was the pro at Cherry Valley.

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