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Golf Association of Philadelphia and the
Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia
•    Golfers' Record 1903    •

The game of golf in Philadelphia dates back to 1893. One of the first publications that chronicles early golf in the Quaker City is the 1903 Golfers’ Record. This 208 page book details the history of the first seven years of the Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia. It also includes information and complete membership lists of more than 20 golf clubs from Philadelphia to the New Jersey shore.

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    The History of Cobb's Creek Golf Course.

    Majors Contestants
            Golf Professionals from the Philadelphia PGA Region who have played in a Major.

Picture Stories

    Harry Vardon Exhibition, Philadelphia Country Club, April 21, 1900.
    Valley Forge Army Hospital Golf Course, Built by the PGA for WWII Wounded Veterans.
    Birth of the Birdie, The 1st 100 years of golf at Atlantic City Country Club.
    The Fire at Cedarbrook Hill Clubhouse, May 6, 2012.
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - The Philadelphia Area's Lost Golf Courses, GAP Magazine, Spring, 2011.

Video Stories

    The PGA Philadelphia Section, celebrating 90 years.
    The Ben Hogan Story, a True American Legend, Hershey Country Club Professional 1941 to 1951.
    The 1958 PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club.
    Aronimink Golf Course Construction 1925.
    The 1962 PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club.
    The 1939 US Open Championship at Philadelphia Country Club.
    All Star Golf 1962 Snead vs. Goalby at Philadelphia Country Club.
    Johnny McDermott inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Tournament Program Books

    1942 PGA Championship, Seaview Country Club May 25-31, 1942.
    1936 Philadelphia PGA Invitational, Woodcrest Country Club May 24, 25, 1936.
    1937 Philadelphia PGA Invitational, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club June 24, 25, 26, 1937.
    1949 3rd Reading Open, Reading Country Club July 7, 8, 9, 10, 1949.
    1950 4th Reading Open, Berkshire Country Club September 7, 8, 9, 1950.
    1962 PGA Championship Program Booklet at Aronimink Golf Club.


Harry Vardon Exhibition, Philadelphia Country Club, April 21, 1900.
       
Harry Vardon played 80+ exhibitions throughout the USA in 1900. On April 21 Vardon played the better-ball of Philadelphia Cricket Club professional Harry Gullane and Huntingdon Valley Country Club professional Willie Thomson at the Philadelphia Country Club.
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Valley Forge Army Hospital Golf Course, Built by the PGA for WWII Wounded Verterans.
   
(left) Marty Lyons (visor) & his brother Jimmy (cap) riding around the
construction grounds of the new golf course at Valley Forge Army Hospital.
(right) The 1943 Charity match for the Red Cross at the Bala Golf Club.
In 1943 the Philadelphia PGA raised money and constructed a golf course for the wounded veterans that were being rehabilitated at the Valley Forge General Hospital. The most famous result of their efforts was Charley Boswell who went on to win the National Blind Golfers’ Championship 16 times.

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Birth of the Birdie, the first 100 years of golf at Atlantic City Country Club.
   
"The Birth of the Birdie" is the 100 year history of the Atlantic City Country Club. In 1903 a golfer made a three on the par-four 12th hole at Atlantic City CC and a member of the threesome called it “a bird of a shot”. From that the word “birdie” was coined for a score of one under par on a hole.

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The 1942 PGA Championship, Seaview Country Club, May 25-31, 1942.

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(left) The 1936 Philadelphia PGA Invitational, Woodcrest Country Club, May 24, 25, 1936.
(right) The 1937 Philadelphia PGA Invitational, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, June 24, 25, 26, 1937.    
From 1935 to 1937 the Philadelphia Section PGA held an invitation tournament. The first one was held at the Llanerch Country Club and won by South Africa’s Sid Brews. In 1936 (left) the tournament was won by Vic Ghezzi at the Woodcrest Country Club.

The Philadelphia Section PGA held an invitation tournament from 1935 to 1937. The 1937 (right) tournament was held at the Whitemarsh Valley Country and won by Harry Cooper who shot a 30 on the last nine. Babe Zaharias and Helen Hicks played in the tournament.

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(left) The 1949 3rd Reading Open, Reading Country Club, July 7, 8, 9, 10, 1949.
(right) The 1950 4th Reading Open, Berkshire Country Club, September 7, 8, 9, 1950.    
From 1947 to 1951 there were five PGA Tour Reading Opens hosted by clubs in the Reading area. The leading players on the PGA Tour all played there. The five winners; Dutch Harrison (Berkshire CC 1947), Ben Hogan (Berkshire CC 1948), Cary Middlecoff (Reading CC 1949), Sam Snead (Berkshire CC 1950) and Jim Turnesa (Berkleigh CC 1951) were all memorable names from that era. These programs from two of the tournaments contain some interesting pictures and information.

   Click here to view the 1949 Official Program (pages 1-25).
   Click here to view the 1949 Official Program (pages 26-50).
   Click here to view the 1949 Official Program (pages 51-75).
   Click here to view the 1949 Official Program (pages 76-92).

   Click here to view the 1950 Official Program in Digital Magazine format.
   Click here to view the 1950 Official Program in Adobe Reader format (for Mac users).

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The Fire at Cedarbrook Hill Clubhouse, May 6, 2012
     
Fire photos by Harris & Leach

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - The Philadelphia Area's Lost Golf Courses

Tredyffrin Country Club - Paoli, PA

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The PGA Philadelphia Section, celebrating 90 years.
   
On December 2, 1921 the Philadelphia Section of the PGA was formed. The Section created a ten minute video in 2011 to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The voice on the video is Section member Clark Luis.

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The Ben Hogan Story, a True American Legend, Hershey Country Club Professional 1941 to 1951.
       
Ben Hogan, the professional at the Hershey Country Club from 1941 to 1951, was an American Legend. While employed as Hershey’s professional Hogan won 47 PGA Tour events and six majors.

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The 1958 PGA Champioinship at Llanerch Country Club.
   
In 1958 the Llanerch Country Club hosted the first PGA Championship contested under a stroke-play format. This short video shows some of the golf shots played by the winner Dow Finsterwald along with the contenders, Sam Snead and Billy Casper.

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Aronimink Golf Course Construction 1925.
   
While the Aronimink Golf Club was being built during 1925 some of the work was captured on film by a club member. Famed golf course architect Donald Ross is pictured along with some of the workmen and construction equipment of that time.

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The 1962 PGA Champioinship at Aronimink Golf Club.
   
The 1962 PGA Championship was played at the Aronimink Golf Club. This 25-minute video narrated by Chris Schenkel shows golf shots played by the winner Gary Player along with rookie professional Jack Nicklaus and other contenders.

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The 1962 PGA Program Booklet

Fifty years ago the 44th PGA Championship was played at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Through the efforts of Aronimink Golf Club and Bill Orr, a longtime Aronimink member, we are able to now have the program book from that championship on our website. The winner was Gary Player, the first non-resident of the United States to win what is one of golf’s four major championships. First prize was $13,000.

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The 1939 US Open Champioinship at Philadelphia Country Club.
   
The Philadelphia Country Club hosted 1939 U.S. Open which ended in a three-way tie between Byron Nelson, Craig Wood and Denny Shute. Two 18-hole playoffs were needed to determine the winner. This 25-minute video without sound was filmed by a spectator.

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All Star Golf 1962 - Snead vs. Goalby at Philadelphia Country Club.
   
All-Star Golf, a weekly syndicated television show in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, featured the greatest golf professionals of that time. On back to back days in the summer of 1962 the Philadelphia Country Club hosted two of those events. On the first day the Hebert brothers, Jay and Lionel, opposed each other and on the second day it was Sam Snead vs. Bob Goalby. A point of interest for the Snead-Goalby match was that it was the first time that Snead had been to the Country Club since 1939 when he made a triple-bogey eight on the last hole to lose the U.S. Open. The 52-minute video of the Snead-Goalby match can be viewed here.

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Johnny McDermott inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Philadelphia’s own Johnny McDermott is featured in this video tribute narrated by long time sportscaster, Jack Whitaker.  Born in 1891, McDermott learned to play golf as a caddy at the old Aronimink Golf Club in West Philadelphia.  In 1910 he lost a three- way playoff for the U.S. Open at the Philadelphia Cricket Club but the next year he was victorious in Chicago, becoming the first American born golfer to win the U.S. Open.  In 1912 he successfully defended his title in Buffalo.  100 years after winning two U.S. Opens back-to-back, McDermott is being recognized in his hometown with his induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

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