PGA of America

PGA of America Hall of Fame

The PGA of America Hall of Fame originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice. It is the highest honor that the PGA of America can bestow upon its membership or ambassadors of golf.

Most of the original inductees were later enshrined at the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In 1993, the PGA of America ceased PGA World Golf Hall of Fame operations in Pinehurst and subsequently relocated to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida.

While all of the Pinehurst-enshrined members were transferred to the new World Golf Hall of Fame, there were some members of the PGA Hall of Fame who were not recognized at the facility in World Golf Village.

In 2002, the PGA opened the PGA Historical Center [later the PGA Museum of Golf] at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This paved the way for the first home for the PGA Hall of Fame. The inaugural ceremony was conducted Sept. 8, 2005, as the Association recognized all PGA Members who have made significant and lasting contributions to building the PGA of America and the game of golf.

In 2015, the PGA of America reinstituted its original Hall of Fame requirements to include non-PGA Members who have served as ambassadors of golf.

In December 2015, the PGA Museum of Golf ceased operations, with the PGA Hall of Fame’s new location in transition.

PGA of America Hall of Fame Members (including year of induction)


1940

Willie Anderson
Tommy Armour
Jim Barnes
Charles “Chick” Evans
Walter Hagen
Robert Tyre “Bob” Jones
Francis Ouimet
Alex Smith
Jerry Travers
Walter Travis

1953

Ben Hogan
Byron Nelson
Sam Snead

1954

Macdonald Smith

1955

Leo Diegel

1956

Craig Wood

1957

Craig Wood

1958

Harry Cooper
Jock Hutchison
Paul Runyan
Horton Smith

1960

Mike Brady
Jimmy Demaret
Fred McLeod

1961

Johnny Farrell
Lawson Little
Henry Picard

1962

Ernest Joseph “Dutch” Harrison
Olin Dutra

1963

Ralph Guldahl
Johnny Revolta

1964

Ed Dudley
Lloyd Mangram

1965

Vic Ghezzi

1966

Billy Burke

1967

Bobby Cruickshank

1968

Melvin R. “Chick” Harbert

1969

Chandler Harper

1974

Julius Boros
Cary Middlecoff

1975

Jack Burke Jr.
Doug Ford

1977

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

1978

Patty Berg

1979

Roberto DeVicenzo

1980

Arnold Palmer

1982

Billy Casper
Gene Littler

2005

Past Presidents

Robert White (1916-1919)
Warren Cantrell (1964-1965)
Mickey Powell (1985-1986)
Jack Mackie (1919-1920)
Max Elbin (1966-1968)
James Ray “J.R.” Carpenter (1987-1988)
George Sargent (1921-1926)
Leo Fraser (1969-1970)
Patrick Rielly (1989-1990)
Alex Pirie (1927-1930)
Warren Orlick (1971-1972)
Dick Smith (1992-1992)
Charles Hall (1931-1932)
William Clarke (1973-1974)
Gary Schaal (1993-1994)
George Jacobus (1933-1939)
Henry Poe (1975-1976)
Tom Addis III (1995-1996)
Tom Walsh (1940-1941)
Don Padgett II (1977-1978)
Ken Lindsay (1997-1998)
Joe Novak (1949-1951)
Frank Cardi (1979-1980)
Will Mann (1999-2000)
Harry Moffitt (1952-1954)
Joe Black (1981-1982)
Jack Connelly (2001-2002)
Harold Sargent (1958-1960)
Mark Kizziar (1983-1984)
M.G. Orender (2003-2004)
Lou Strong (1961-1963)

PGA Golf Professionals of the Year

1955 - Bill Gordon
1956 - Harry Shepard
1957 - Dugan Aycock
1958 - Harry Pezzullo
1959 - Eddie Duino Sr.
1960 - Warren Orlick
1961 - Don Padgett II
1962 - Tom LoPresti
1963 - Bruce Herd
1964 - Lyle Wehrman
1965 - Hubby Habjan
1966 - Bill Strausbaugh Jr.
1967 - Ernie Vossler
1968 - Hardy Loudermilk
1969 - Wally Mund
1969 - A. Hubert Smith
1970 - Grady Shumate
1971 - Ross Collins
1972 - Howard Morrette
1973 - Warren Smith
1974 - Paul Harney
1975 - Walker Inman Jr.
1976 - Ron Letellier
1977 - Don Soper
1978 - Walter Lowell
1979 - Gary Ellis
1980 - Stan Thirsk
1981 - John Gerring
1982 - Bob Popp
1983 - Ken Lindsay
1984 - Jerry Mowlds
1985 - Jerry Cozby
1986 - David Ogilvie
1987 - Bob Ford
1988 - Hank Majewski
1989 - Tom Addis III
1990 - Jim Albus
1991 - Joe Jemsek
1992 - Martin T. Kavanaugh II
1993 - Don Kotnik
1994 - Dick Murphy
1995 - David C. Price
1996 - Randall Smith
1997 - Tom Sargent
1998 - Ken Morton Sr.
1999 - Ed Hoard
2000 - Charles “Vic” Kline
2001 - Tony Morosco
2002 - Jock Olson
2003 - Jim Brotherton Jr.
2004 - Craig Harmon

2006

Manuel de la Torre
Bill Eschenbrenner
Dow Finsterwald
William Heald
William Heald
Jack Nicklaus
Roger Warren
Dr. Gary Wiren

2009

Harry “Cotton” Berrier
Don Essig III
Claude Harmon Sr.
Brent Krause
Jim Manthis
Eddie Merrins
Harvey Penick
Brian Whitcomb

2011

Jim Antkiewicz
Jim Awtrey
Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball
Jack Barber
Jim Flick
Jim Remy
Guy Wimberly
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2013

Jimmie DeVoe
Don "Chip" Essig IV
Michael Hebron
Jim Mrva
Bill Ogden
William "Bill" Powell
Bob Toski
Allen Wronowski

2015

Tommy Bolt
Ray Cutright
Michael Doctor
George Hannon
Charles L. "Charlie" Sifford
Payne Stewart
Lee Trevino

2017

Gary Player
Renee Powell
George Henry Schneiter
Mike Schultz
Joe Tesori
Lew Worsham Jr.
Mickey Wright