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- Oscar Willing - Golf
Oscar F. Willing was one of the Northwest’s top amateurs throughout the 1920s and ‘30, winning the Oregon Men’s Amateur title five times as well as the PNGA Amateur twice.
Willing grew up in Southeast Portland and earned his nickname, “Doc,” while serving in World War I as dentist. Back in Oregon, he set up a dental practice, and won his first tournament: the 1919 Oregon Coast Invitational.
Over the following two decades, Willing was consistently among the finalists in Northwest and Western tournaments. He won his first Oregon amateur in 1921 and won No. 5 in 1938. He won the PNGA Men’s Amateur in 1924 and ’28 and reached the final of the U.S. Amateur in 1929.
Willing was the first Oregonian to play for the U.S. on the Walker Cup team, which pitted golfers from the U.S. against those from the British Isles, in 1923. He played on the team twice more.
Willing was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1980 and the PNGA Hall of Fame in 1993.
- Don Moe - Golf
Don Moe was one of the Northwest’s top amateur golfers in the late 1920’s and through the ‘30s.
Moe won the Oregon Men’s Amateur title in 1928 and again in ’37 and was a finalist three other times. He reached the finals of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association amateur championships three times and was a Western Amateur champion twice: 1929 and ’31.
He played on the USGA’s Walker Cup team in both 1930 and ’32.
Moe was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the PNGA Hall of Fame in 2001.
- Bruce Cudd -Golf
Bruce Cudd played his way from the fairways of Portland to the fairways to the most famous course in the world during the ‘50s.
Cudd grew up in Portland and won the 1950 Oregon Junior Boys Championship. He then moved to the team at the University of Portland and honed his skill enough to become a fixture at the top of events throughout the Northwest for the following five years.
Cudd won the Oregon Amateur in 1952 and ’53, won the Western Amateur in ’54 and won the Oregon Open in ’54 and ’55. His second win helped earn a spot on the Walker Cup Team, which represented the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland in the biennial event for amateur players. The U.S. won 10-2 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
A semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur in 1953, Cudd played on the Morse Cup team for Oregon against Washington in 1952-55, and the Hudson Cup team that pits Northwest Amateurs against Professionals eight times between 1952 and ’75.
Cudd worked his way to the PGA Tour in 1965, but returned to amateur golf the following year. He was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 1991.
- Dick Yost - Golf
Dick Yost played collegiately at Oregon State, and then as an amateur throughout the Northwest for two decades.
Yost grew up in Portland and took up golf in part because he lived close to Rose City Golf Course. He made his way to Oregon State in 1948 and played through 1951, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament three times. He won the Oregon Amateur title in 1950.
In 1949, Yost represented Oregon in the first Hudson Cup, a Ryder Cup-style tournament pitting a 10-member team of amateurs and professionals from Oregon against Washington, and played in the tournament 12 more times through 1964. He captained the Oregon team from 1962-69.
Yost was named to the 1955 Walker Cup team along with fellow Oregonian Bruce Cudd, who was playing for the University of Portland. The U.S team of amateurs lost to a team of amateurs from Britain and Ireland on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Yost won the Pacific Northwest Golf Association amateur title in 1953 and '55, and the Oregon Open in 1958. He was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, the Oregon State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 and the PNGA Hall of Fame in 1991.
- Grace DeMoss Zwahlen - Golf
Grace was born in Corvallis to her businessman father, Ray DeMoss, who had 4 other daughters, where Grace proved herself to be the most athletic of her siblings. Although she preferred equestrian events, she was a “natural” at playing golf when she started as a teenager. A graduate of Oregon State University in 1952 (which didn’t have a female golf team at the time), Grace won her first tournament in 1947 at the Portland City Amateur. 1950 was her breakout year, because after honing her game and winning three events in California, she took the title at the PNGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Capilano in Vancouver, B.C. In 1952, Grace was honored to become the first Northwest woman named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team and again in 1954 where her team won the cup. That same year, Grace made a permanent move to Florida allowing her to increase her trophy collection with another six wins. Finally during 1956, after trying for years, Grace achieved the championship title at the Oregon Women’s Amateur and continued to hold the title for three straight years. When she retired from competing on the greens, Grace eventually returned to Corvallis to coach girl’s golf teams in the 1970’s. Grace helped educate up and coming female youth on how to play golf, which she viewed as a lifetime sport that should be accessible. Grace was inducted into several hall of fames including the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
- Marian Herron - Golf
Marian Herron played golf at the top level in the nation throughout the 1930s, including a victory in 1934 at the Western Open, which was the top women’s tournament at the time.
Born Marian McDougall in 1913, she had golf in her veins as a third-generation member of Portland’s Waverly Country Club.
She won the first of two Oregon junior girls titles at age 16 and won the Western Open at age 20. She continued playing competitively into the late ‘40s, winning the Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s women’s amateur title six times through 1948, and the Oregon women’s amateur title from 1936-40. In 1949, she finished second in the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, losing to fellow Oregonian Grace DeMoss in the final.
McDougall, who changed her name to Herron following marriage, regularly traveled to large tournaments in the East and was named a director of the Women’s Western Golf Association from 1936-52. She also served as a member of the USGA’s Women’s Committee from 1941-52, and helped bring the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship to Waverly Country Club in 1952.
Herron was inducted to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1979 and Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
- H. Chandler Egan - Golf
Chandler Egan was one of the nation’s top golfers at the turn of the 20th Century and one of Oregon’s most influential golf course designers.
Born in 1884 in Chicago, Egan took to golf at age 12 and led Harvard to the national collegiate title from 1902 to ’04, having won the individual title as a sophomore. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1904 and led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Summer Games. He won the silver individually.
He won the U.S. Amateur title again in 1905.
Egan moved to Oregon in 1909 and began playing within the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. He won the PNGA Amateur title five times. He also played on the U.S. Walker Cup team twice: 1930 and ’34.
In addition to playing golf, he took to course design in the ’20s and is credited with designing or assisting in construction of 18 golf courses, including nine in Oregon: Coos Country Club (Coos Bay), Eastmoreland (Portland), Eugene Country Club, Hood River Golf and Country Club, Oswego Country Club, Reames Golf and Country Club (Klamath Falls), Riverside Golf and Country Club (Portland), Seaside Golf Club, The Oaks and The Rogue at Rogue Valley Country Club (Medford) and the Tualatin Country Club.
Egan died in 1936 after completing plans for the West Seattle Golf Course. He was inducted to the PNGA Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Mary Budke - Golf
Mary Budke established herself as a dominant performer in women’s amateur golf during the 1970s, including a win in the 1972 U.S. Amateur tournament and 1974 intercollegiate tournament.
Born in 1954, Budke grew up in Dayton during the days before high school golf was sanctioned for girls by the Oregon School Activities Association. She won her first Oregon Amateur title in 1971 and won 32 consecutive amateur tournaments in one stretch. After winning the U.S. Amateur title in ’72, she competed for the U.S. against Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup, which the U.S. won.
Budke won eight Oregon Amateur Golf titles in the ‘70s, and finished 17th in the U.S. Women’s Open in 1973.
Her collegiate title was sanctioned by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), before the NCAA sanctioned women’s golf.
Budke was honored with the Hayward Award as the state’s top amateur athlete in 1972 at the Oregon Banquet of Champions, while a student and golfer at Oregon State. The Hayward Award came in the midst of Oregon track star Steve Prefontaine being honored three times in four years.
Despite significant pressures, Budke never became a professional golfer, choosing a medical career instead. She worked as an emergency room physician in both Los Angeles and Eugene.
Budke’s accomplishments include winning the Los Angeles City Women’s Golf Championships in 1990.
She was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
- Grace DeMoss-Zwahlen - Golf
Grace DeMoss Zwahlen graduated from Oregon State, and then consistently topped the amateur ranks in the Northwest for a decade beginning in the late ‘40s.
Born in Corvallis in 1927, DeMoss took to golf as a teenager and entered her first tournament in 1945, finishing last in the Portland Open. The following year, though, she reached the final of the Oregon Women’s Amateur, and won the Portland City Amateur in 1947. In 1949, she won the Canadian Women’s Amateur, and won the Pacific Northwest Golf Association women’s title in 1950.
She was selected for the Curtis Cup, a Ryder Cup-style tournament pitting amateurs from the U.S. against those from Britain, in 1952 and again in ’54. DeMoss won three Florida Amateur women’s titles from 1955-58, and three straight Oregon amateur titles, ’56-58. Her second husband, Fred C. Zwahlen, Jr., founded the Journalism Department at Oregon State. After retiring in the early 70s, Demoss Zwahlen coached the program at Crescent Valley High School. She was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Oregon State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.
- Bob Duden - Golf
Bob Duden, a professional golfer since the early 1950’s, left his mark on the Pacific Northwest golf scene. Duden played the Professional Golfer’s Association Tour periodically in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He won a 54-hole tournament event at Las Vegas one year and tied for the second in three tour tournaments between 1959 and 1964. But it was in the Pacific Northwest regional competition that Duden was at his best. He was a consistent title contender for over four decades. His dazzling playing record encompassed 23 major tournament titles, including eight victories in the Oregon Open. He also won the Northwest Open three times, the Oregon PGA three times, the Washington Open three times, the British Columbia Open twice and the Pay Less Classic once. Bob collected 22 holes in one in his brilliant career, believed to be the most by an Oregon golfer. In his later years, Duden worked as a part time teaching pro at Glendoveer Golf Course, where a tournament named after him is played annually.
- Millard Rosenblatt - Golf
Born in Portland in 1901, Millard Rosenblatt was 12 when he began playing golf at the Tualatin Country Club. He placed second in the 1917 and 1919 Oregon State Amateur Tournaments. At Stanford University, he captained the golf team (1921-22), twice defeating the California State Amateur Champion. In 1916, he won the first of his twelve Tualatin Club Championships. He would win the twelfth 52 years later, in 1968.
Between 1917 and 1979, Dr. Rosenblatt won five Oregon Senior Championships and was runner-up five times; qualified and played in six U.S.G.A National Senior Tournaments; qualified for the Oregon State Amateur Championship Flight eighteen times; won the Senior Division of the Royal Oaks Invitational in 1956; and won the Oregon Coast over 32 championship four times (1934-35, 1952-53). He served as President for the Tualatin Country Club, the Oregon Golf Association and the Oregon Senior Golf Association, and was chairman of the greens committee in Tualatin Country Club for 25 years.
- Bob Gilder - Golf
Bob Gilder, a native of Corvallis, enjoyed much success on the PGA Tour with victories at the Phoenix Open in 1976 and 1983, the 1980 Canadian Open, the 1982 Byron Nelson Classic, Manufactures Hanover Westchester Classic and the Bank of Boston Classic. He also won the 1974 New Zealand Open, 1982 Bridgestone International, the 1988 Isuzu Kapalua International, the 1988 Acom Team Championship with Doug Tewell and the 1990 Acom PT Championship. He entered 630 tournaments, placed in the money 412 time and had 67 top ten finishes. He currently competes on the Senior PGA Tour.
- Peter Jacobsen - Golf
Peter is a Portland native and graduate of Lincoln High School. He attended the University of Oregon, where he was a three-time All-American and won the Pac-8 Conference golf title in 1974. Peter turned professional in 1976 and his first two titles were the Oregon and Northern California Opens. He won six PGA tour victories: the Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1980; Colonial National Invitation in 1984; as well as, the Sammy Davis-Greater Hartford Open also in 1984; the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1990; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1995; and the Buick Invitational of California also in 1995. Jacobsen played for the U.S. National Team versus Japan in 1984, twice represented the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1985 and 1995, and played the Dunhill Cup in 1995. He owns his own event management company, Peter Jacobsen Productions, which started and conducted the highly successful Fred Meyer Challenge, as well as, the Reno-Tahoe Open and the CVS Charity Classic. The Fred Meyer Challenge ranked as one of the most successful non-PGA events in the nation. He is also a popular commentator and analyst for numerous televised golf competitions, including Skins games and Ryder Cup matches. His Jacobsen-Hardy Golf Design company has co-designed a number of golf courses, including The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn. He co-authored the book "Buried Lies: True Tales and Tall Stories from the PGA Tour". His band, Jake Trout and the Flounders, with Peter on lead vocals and guitar, often plays at tour functions.
- Jerry Cundari - Golf
- Brian Henninger - Golf
Born in Sacramento, Calif., in 1962, Henninger grew up in Eugene and won the Class AAA state title in 1981 while at Sheldon. He played collegiately at Southern California and was an All-Pac-10 second-team selection in 1984, when the Trojans won the conference title. He also helped the Trojans win the conference title in 1986.
Henninger turned pro in 1987 and worked his way to the PGA Tour by 1993, having won three times on the Nationwide Tour in 1992. He won the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in 1994 and entered the final round of The Masters tied for the lead in 1995. He finished 10th in the final standings.
Henninger won another tournament in 1999, and had career earnings of $1.7 million following the 2002 season. The Brian H. Henninger Foundation has raised more than $650,000 for charities.
Henninger was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.