Bob Toski, Joanne Goodwin, Ted Bishop, and Paul Harney are among six new inductees. With one of the richest golf histories of any state in the country, six new inductees will be formally welcomed into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony and Celebration Gala will be held at one of the state’s most historic golf properties — Blue Hill Country Club on Thursday, October 16, beginning at 6pm.
Since the Hall opened in 2002, there has been only one induction class, the inaugural one which included Pat Bradley, Francis Quimet, Fred Corcoran and Donald Ross. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will feature among others, a multiple winner on the PGA TOUR, sisters who dominated amateur play at the turn of the century and a former player, mostly recognized though for his teaching exploits. “The history of Massachusetts golf has provided a lasting legacy for all those who have played and will play this great sport in our wonderful state,” said Ron Woods, general manager of Blue Hill Country Club. “All of us at Blue Hill CC share in the excitement and anticipation of this marvelous celebration.”
The Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes:
-Ted Bishop – Winner of the 1946 US Amateur, Bishop captured three Massachusetts Amateur titles and was a member of the 1947 and ’49 Walker Cup teams.
-Joanne Goodwin — Four-time state amateur champion, Goodwin won the 1957 Eastern Amateur and was a finalist at the 1959 US Women’s Amateur
-Margaret and Harriot Curtis – Margaret won the WGAM Amateur title four times (1901, ’07, ’08, ’14) while Harriot won it in 1920. Harriot captured the 1906 US Women’s Amateur and Margaret took home low scoring honors in three US Women’s Amateurs, most notably in 1907 when she defeated Harriot in the championship match, marking the only time sisters have met in the final of that tournament. The sisters helped create the Curtis Cup, held every other year featuring female amateur golfers from the United States against Great Britain & Ireland.
-Bob Toski — One of the sport’s greatest teachers, Toski was a fine player in his own right, winning five times on the PGA TOUR, also winning the 1958 Massachusetts Open. Still going strong at 88 years old, Toski is regarded as one of the finest teachers of the game of golf.
-Paul Harney – A six-time PGA TOUR winner, Harney narrowly missed a playoff at the 1963 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts by just one stroke. His last win on Tour came in 1973. He also enjoyed a long career as the Head Golf Professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club. He won the Massachusetts Open five times (1967-70, 1977).
-Fred Wright — Won the Massachusetts Amateur a record seven times, starting in 1920 and ending in 1938. Wright also won the State Junior Amateur two times (1916-1917), secured the win for the United States in the 1923 Walker Cup at famed St. Andrews and also won the 1956 US Senior Amateur.
Hall of Fame festivities will get underway with a special welcome from LPGA Hall of Fame member and 2002 Massachusetts HOF inductee Pat Bradley. Video tributes of the 2014 honorees will be played during the dinner portion of the evening and commemorative plaques will be presented to inductees of both Hall of Fame classes.
2014 inductees Bob Toski and Joanne Goodwin will sit down with Master of Ceremonies Mike Dowling in a living room setting and reminisce about their careers and discuss what the sport of golf in Massachusetts has meant to them over the years. Hall of Fame Celebration Gala attendees will receive a commemorative program book featuring photos and contributions from GolfWeek’s Jim McCabe and golf historian Gary Larrabee.
Blue Hill Country Club played host to the 1956 PGA Championship and was also the home course for the PING/Welch’s LPGA Tour event from 1991 – 1997. “It is only fitting the we host our inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration Gala at one of the country’s finest golf clubs and truly one of Massachusetts all-time favorite properties. Blue Hill CC is an ideal venue for this prestigious evening, and the Club’s staff as well as the membership has been extremely supportive of this event,” said Jesse Menachem, executive director of the Massachusetts Golf Association.
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