Headline: Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced; Ted Bishop, The Curtis Sisters, Joanne Goodwin, Paul Harney, Bob Toski and Fred Wright will receive the Bay State's highest honor.
For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
|2014 MGHOF Inductees
From top left: Margaret Curtis, Harriot Curtis, Bob Toski, Joanne Goodwin, Ted Bishop, Paul Harney & Fred Wright.
Norton, MA — For the first time since 2002, a new class will be inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame. The Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame was launched 12 years ago in concert with the grand opening of the William F. Connell Golf House and Museum located on the grounds of TPC Boston in Norton.
The inaugural class – memorialized as part of a metal "Hall of Fame" ring that hangs from the Museum ceiling – included Pat Bradley, Fred Corcoran, Francis Ouimet and Donald Ross.
The second class, representing amateur and professionals whose careers have spanned more than 100 years, features Ted Bishop, The Curtis Sisters (Margaret & Harriot), Joanne Goodwin, Paul Harney, Bob Toski and Fred Wright.
For more information about each inductee, see below or visit the official Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame web site - www.massgolfhall.com.
"Massachusetts has arguably the richest golf history of any state and we are honored to recognize the contributions of these deserving inductees," said Tom Bagley, chairman of the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame Committee. "Their impact on the game was felt both on and off the golf course and their individual legacies are second to none."
The 2014 class will be officially inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame at the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame celebration. An official announcement about the celebration will be released at the 2014 Massachusetts Open Championship Media Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27 at Weston Golf Club.
For more information, please visit the official Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame web site at www.massgolfhall.com.
About the Massachusetts Golf Museum & Hall of Fame
In honor of the rich tradition of golf in Massachusetts and the individuals who have shaped the game over the past century, the Massachusetts Golf Museum opened its doors to the public on October 29, 2002. For the first time, Museum visitors were able to experience the joys and heartaches that have marked Massachusetts golf history for more than 100 years. This facility serves as the sole forum to honor local heroes and events that have made indelible marks on the game of golf and to preserve their legacy for years to come.
This first-of-its-kind museum in Massachusetts pays tribute to the people and moments — both past and present — that have created our state's rich golf heritage. The Museum features interactive kiosks, multimedia quizzes, a replica of the Francis Ouimet Library, Hall of Trophies and a video tribute to the game of golf in Massachusetts.
The displays and activities take visitors, both old and young, on a journey back in time to understand and appreciate the contributions made by such local legends as Francis Ouimet, Donald Ross, Pat Bradley and Fred Corcoran. Those four individuals – who also are the first Bay State golfers to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame – were honored that year by being officially named as the first class of inductees into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame
In 2014, a second class of inductees was named and will be honored – as their predecessors were – through on-site displays and video vignettes.
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Born in Natick in 1913, Ted Bishop played briefly on the professional circuit before being reinstated an amateur in the 1930s. The amateur game would never be the same after that. Bishop, who in 1935 became an under-30 junior member at Woodland Golf Club, followed in the footsteps of Francis Ouimet and Jesse Guilford to become the third winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship to be associated with that Newton club.
In 1946, the then 33-year-old Bishop was enjoying a stellar season as he had already won the Massachusetts Amateur Championship and the New England Amateur Championship leading up to the U.S. Amateur Championship. He had also previously captured the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in 1940 (he would win it again in 1961) and the New England Amateur Championship in 1941. He was also a semifinalist in the 1941 U.S. Amateur.
In the 1946 U.S. Amateur, Bishop battled Smiley Quick — the reigning U.S. Amateur Public Links champion — to extra holes before draining a 4-foot putt for birdie to win on the 37th hole. Francis Ouimet – who was on hand as referee – proclaimed it was the greatest match he had ever witnessed.
Bishop went on to compete on the victorious U.S. Teams in both the 1947 and 1949 Walker Cup Match.
THE CURTIS SISTERS
The Curtis sisters, who played out of both The Country Club in Brookline and Essex County Club in Manchester, are being honored not only for being the only sisters to win one or more U.S. Women's Amateur Championships, but also for their unceasing efforts to promote the game in Massachusetts and beyond even after their competitive careers had ended.
Harriot won the 1906 U.S. Women's Amateur at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, while Margaret was champion three times – most notably in 1907, when she defeated Harriot in the title match at Midlothian Country Club in Blue Island, Illinois; this marked the only occasion in U.S. Women's Amateur history when sisters met in the final and, in addition, won back-to-back championships. Margaret went on to become the second three-time titlist in the championship's early history after winning in 1911 and 1912. Margaret also was the event's two-time finalist (1900, 1905).
The sisters were formidable foes at the state level. Margaret won four Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts Amateur Championship titles (1901,1907, 1908, 1914) while Harriot won one, in 1920.
Their most significant contribution to the game did not come as competitors, but as benefactors. In 1927, Harriot and Margaret donated the Curtis Cup with the intent "to stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands." In 1932, the Curtis Cup Match was inaugurated between teams of the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The Match has been held twice at Essex County Club in their honor (1938 and 2010).
Plymouth Country Club's Joanne Goodwin stands as one of the most accomplished female golfers of the 20th century. She won the Helen Lee Doherty Tournament each year from 1956-1958 and also captured the 1957 Eastern Amateur Championship.
Those accomplishments alone earned Goodwin a solid reputation within the women's golf community, but it was what she did in 1959 that cemented her legacy.
With a brilliant short game, the daughter of a club professional marched through the field at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, posting a 7 and 6 triumph in the semifinal match over previous event winner Dot Porter. In the final match, Goodwin hung tough against the reigning queen of the women's game, Barbara McIntire, and trailed by just one hole after the morning 18. McIntire added to the lead early in the afternoon and eventually held off Goodwin, 5 and 4.
Goodwin was rewarded for her fine effort with a spot on the U.S. Team in the 1959 Curtis Cup Match. At the biennial competition, which was held at the Lindrick Golf Club in Worksop, England, Goodwin teamed with Ann Casey Johnstone for a 3 and 2 foursomes win, but lost in singles, 1 up, to Ruth Porter. Her efforts helped the U.S. Team to victory, 6 1Ž2 - 2 1Ž2.
It was the exclamation point to her career, but certainly not the only highlight as Goodwin was second- low amateur at the 1959 U.S. Women's Open Championship and was named winner of the 1960 DJ Manice Trophy as the country's outstanding amateur golfer. Four times she won the WGAM Amateur Championship and her resume includes a WGAM Grace Keyes Cup, five straight WGAM Baker Trophys and two wins in the New England Women's Golf Championship.
Voted "Best Male Golf Professional of the 20th Century in Massachusetts" in 1999 by the readership of MassGolfer magazine, Worcester native Paul Harney arguably developed into the best part-time player the PGA Tour ever saw. The former Holy Cross College golf team captain won six PGA Tour events, the most of any Massachusetts-bred player. The last three came as a husband and father after, in 1963, he kept a promise to wife Patti and 'retired' as a full-time PGA Tour player once their first child began school.
After losing a playoff to Arnold Palmer at the Thunderbird Classic and missing out in a playoff by one stroke at the 1963 U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club in his home state, Harney accepted a club professional position in California. He won the inaugural 1964 CBS Golf Classic with Don January and back-to-back Los Angeles Opens in 1964 and 1965 (he missed a three-peat by one shot to Palmer in 1966). In this era, he also chalked up four top-10 finishes in the Masters.
Harney came home for good in 1965 when he took over as head professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, limiting his PGA Tour appearances to winter events. He played in his first Massachusetts Open in 1967 and began his string of four victories in four consecutive years.
He enjoyed another 'hurrah' on the PGA Tour in 1972 when he won the Andy Williams San Diego Open and the largest purse of his career — $30,000. His last noteworthy competitive performance was his second-place finish at the 1980 PGA Senior Championship, where he lost by one shot to Palmer.
Harney served as president of the New England section of the PGA from 1970-73, was named National PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1974, was an inaugural inductee into the New England PGA Hall of Fame in 1996 and was elected to the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005.
A renowned player and now instructor, Toski became a professional golfer with a mix of talent and doggedness. In 1954, he won the World Championship of Golf and its $50,000 first-place prize and led the PGA Tour's money list. Yet it was a victory four years later that still resonates. With family members in his gallery, Toski birdied the par-4 18th at Hyannisport Club to win the 1958 Massachusetts Open Championship.
Still at the prime of his career, Toski walked away from the PGA Tour in 1958. He had won five times would also play in five Masters, six U.S. Opens, and nine PGA Championships. But he wanted to be a club professional and be at his home with his family.
He seamlessly moved into the world of teaching. His students have included some of the game's best — Tom Kite, Bruce Crampton, Judy Rankin, Jane Blalock — and thousands of amateurs who wanted to learn from one of the best minds the game has ever known.
Toski, who was elected to PGA membership in 1947, was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1990 and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fred Wright stands as the only seven-time winner of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship. After starting his golf life as a caddie at Oakley Country Club, he won his first Amateur crown in 1920 at The Country Club in Brookline, followed by victories at Brae Burn Country Club (1926), Essex County Club (1928), Belmont Spring Country Club (1929), Salem Country Club (1930), Winchester Country Club (1931) and, again, at Essex County Club (1938).
As proud as he was of his unprecedented domination of the Massachusetts Amateur, including his lofty status as the only player to win over four successive years (no player has won more than two titles in a row since), he was equally proud to become the oldest finalist in championship's history in 1956. That year, at the age of 58, he lost in the final match at The Country Club, 6 and 5, to 19-year-old Charles Volpone.
As a popular golfing ambassador for the Bay State, Wright, a two-time Massachusetts Junior Amateur champion (1916, 1917), shared qualifying medal honors with Bobby Jones at the 1920 U.S. Amateur Championship, was a quarterfinalist at the 1921 British Amateur Championship, won the 1922 Hawaiian Amateur Championship, tied for 24th place at the 1922 U.S. Open Championship, won the clinching point for the United States at the 1923 Walker Cup Match at St. Andrews, captured the 1927 New England Amateur Championship at Winchester Country Club, annexed the 1951 Bermuda Amateur Championship and, in 1956, was a local qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship while he also won the USGA Senior Amateur Championship.