Texas honors its own with first new Texas Golf Hall of Fame class in 13 years
SAN ANTONIO – Monday was a special day in Texas golf. After years of dormancy, the Texas Golf of Hall of Fame came back to life with a new class of nine inductees at San Antonio Country Club.
Generally, I lean to the side of those who believe we have too many of these halls, too many historical buildings and we just generally hang on to too many things for too long. But one thing is for certain: in terms of golf history, Texas is a hard state to beat, and its golf heritage should certainly be preserved.
The day’s festivities started with an outing at the nearby Brackenridge Park golf course, the original home of the Texas Open. The old A.W. Tillinghast muni was recently renovated and is a treat to play these days, as several members of the 2010 Hall class, including 1996 PGA Champion Mark Brooks and World Golf Hall of Fame member Carol Mann, found out today. (You can read my review of Brackenridge Park here.)
The induction dinner culminated Monday night at San Antonio Country Club. The new class is the first since a 1997 group that included former PGA Tour player Lee Elder. The new Hall will be located at Brackenridge Park in a separate building that is currently being restored.
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