PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The PGA Museum of Golf will unveiled a special exhibit in conjunction with PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which honored the eight members of the Class of 2013 - Jimmie DeVoe, Chip Essig, Michael Hebron, Jim Mrva, Bill Ogden, William "Bill" Powell, Bob Toski and PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski.
In addition, the artistry of renowned sports artist Karl Jaeger is now on display on the back portico in two giant murals paying tribute to the eight inductees and other legendary PGA members in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame including: Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Harvey Penick, 34th PGA President Horton Smith (who won the inaugural Masters in 1934), Bill "Coach" Strausbaugh and inaugural PGA President Robert White.
Golf enthusiasts are able to enjoy iconic photos, historical books and memorabilia of the new inductees, highlighted by:
A copy of a letter from then President George W. Bush to William "Bill" Powell congratulating him on the 60th Anniversary of Clearview Golf Club, the first in the country to be owned by an African American
2009 PGA Distinguished Award presented to Powell
Bob Toski-signature persimmon club heads and putter
An authentic Tam O'Shanter hat worn regularly by Toski
A 1932 photo of Toski putting at the age of 6 with his brother Tom, who would also become a PGA Professional
37th PGA President Allen Wronwoski's gavel from his presidency
An authentic handwritten note by Jimmie DeVoe in 1962 requesting membership into The PGA of America following the elimination of the Caucasian-only clause in the PGA bylaws
Bill Ogden-signature golf clubs
Golf instruction books written by Michael Hebron, including "See and Feel the Inside…Move the Outside," which sold more than 100,000 copies
2010 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award presented to Jim Mrva
2011 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award presented to Chip Essig
The PGA Museum of Golf is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Easter; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday from Easter through Christmas. The Museum is open to the public and features the Probst Library, which is the second largest collection of golf periodicals in the world and the four major Championship trophies in golf. Admission is complimentary year round. For more information, please visit www.pga.com/museum or call 800-800-GOLF (4653).
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Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.