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Craig Wood

Craig Wood (Golf.  Born, Lake Placid, NY, Nov. 18, 1901; died, Palm Beach, FL, May 8, 1968.)  Head pro at Winged Foot for many years, Craig Ralph Wood was also an outstanding tour golfer who won 34 P.G.A. tournaments.  Wood had his most impressive victories in 1940-42.  He won the Metropolitan Open at Forest Hill […]

Paul Runyon

Paul Runyon (Golf.  Born, Hot Springs, AR, July 12, 1908; died, Palm Springs, CA, Mar. 17, 2002.)  Considered among the best ever with irons and the putter, Paul Scott Runyon became a major golf figure in the 1930s.  Runyon began as a protégé of Craig Wood, turned pro in 1922, and won over 50 tournaments […]

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson (Sportswriter.  Born, Milwaukee, WI, Apr. 18, 1885; died, Cornwall, NY, Aug. 8, 1947.)  Joining The New York Times in 1921, William Duncan Richardson began covering golf the next year, the first staff writer at the paper regularly to do so.  Priorly, The Times’ golf coverage was supplied by local clubs, part-time correspondents, or […]

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen (Golf.  Born, Rochester, NY, Dec. 21, 1892; died, Traverse City, MI, Oct. 5, 1969.)  A flamboyant personality and skilled player, Walter Hagen was the best-known U.S. golfer of the 1920s and had a large role in popularizing the game.  Hagen won 40 pro tournaments, including 17 majors, before he retired from regular competition […]

Vic Ghezzi

Vic Ghezzi (Golf.  Born, Rumson, NJ, Oct. 19, 1911; died, Miami Beach, FL, May 30, 1976.)  Although he subsequently played out of Kansas City, Mo., and Florida, Victor Ghezzi began his career as a tournament player and club pro in his native New Jersey.  Ghezzi, though in military service, won the New Jersey Open in […]

Olin Dutra

Olin Dutra (Golf.  Born, Monterrey, CA, Jan. 17, 1901; died, Newman, CA, May 5, 1983.)  A touring pro in the 1930s, Olin Dutra won many major tournaments, including the Metropolitan Open and P.G.A. championship in 1932 and the U.S. Open in 1934.

Carol Cudone

Carol Cudone (Golf.  Born, Oxford, AL, Sept. 7, 1918; died, Myrtle Beach, SC, Mar. 19, 2009.)  For more than two decades, the most feared player in New Jersey women’s golf was Mrs. Philip Cudone, who from 1955-65 captured the New Jersey Golf Association championship six times.  Carol Cudone also won the Women’s N.J.G.A. stroke play […]

Bobby Cruickshank

Bobby Cruickshank (Golf.  Born, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland, Nov. 16, 1894; died, Delray Beach, FL, Aug. 27, 1975.)  Leaving his native Scotland in 1921, Robert Allan Cruickshank came to New Jersey as the pro at Shackamaxon.  Cruickshank was a member of the P.G.A. tour from 1921-50, but some of his best years came late in his career, […]

Wiffy Cox

Wiffy Cox (Golf.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 27, 1897; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 20, 1969.)  Tied with Walter Hagen as a runner-up in the 1934 Metropolitan Open, Wilfred Hiram Cox was also a long-time pro at Dyker Beach.  Cox was a fireman aboard the battleship U.S.S. Nevada during World War I but was then drawn to […]

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).

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