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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 […]

William Lowell

William Lowell (Golf. Born, Hoboken, NJ, Oct. 1, 1862; died, East Orange, NJ, June 23, 1954.) Switching from tennis to golf at age 60, Dr. William Lowell, a dentist in Maplewood, N.J., shortly made a great contribution to his new recreation. Lowell disliked the sand mounds used for the initial shots at each hole. So […]

Bob Harlow

Bob Harlow (Golf.  Born, Newburyport, MA, Oct. 21, 1899; died, Pinehurst, NC, Nov. 15, 1954.)  Robert E. Harlow was a sportswriter who left the Herald Tribune in 1947 to found Golf World Newsweekly magazine.  Harlow was a Penn graduate who had a long history in golf, starting in 1921 when he began managing pro golfers, […]

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 […]

Leo Diegel

Leo Diegel (Golf.  Born, Detroit, MI, Apr. 27, 1899; died, North Hollywood, CA, May 8, 1951.)  First coming to fame at Lochmoor in Michigan, Leo Diegel eventually settled in Agua Caliente, in California, as his home course, but in between played out of New York and New Jersey.  Capable of great shot-making, Diegel was always […]

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 […]

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