1939 US Open at Philadelphia CC
The 1939 US Open, hosted by the Philadelphia CC, ended in a triple tie. From L to R: defending champion Ralph Guldahl, Craig Wood, Denny Shute and Byron Nelson. An 18-hole playoff was held that eliminated Shute. In a second 18-hole playoff Nelson was victorious. The video was made by a man who worked for Eastman Kodak and was visiting a friend. The man had to return to work, missing the Monday playoff. The pictures for that round were stills dubbed in by Bill Orr’s Telra Productions.
1958 PGA Championship at Llanerch CC
The 40th PGA Championship was held at Llanerch CC in July 1958. For the first time the tournament was played at stroke play. With the change from match play television was now interested. On Saturday and Sunday CBS televised the last three holes and the trophy presentation for a total of two and one half hours. The tournament turned a profit for the first time in recent years.
1962 PGA Championship at Aronimink GC
The 44th PGA Championship was played at the Aronimink GC in July 1962. Gary Player nipped Bob Goalby by one stroke. In the scene to the left Player and Goalby are putting on out on the 72nd hole.
1962 All Star Golf at Philadelphia CC 1962
After having lost the 1939 US Open at the Philadelphia CC, by making a triple bogey on the 72nd hole, Sam Snead returned to PCC in 1962. The occasion for his return was an exhibition made for TV match on a program called All Star Golf. His opponent that day was Bob Goalby, who would go on to win the 1968 Masters Tournament.
1927 Aronimink Golf Course Construction
In the mid 1920s Donald J. Ross designed and constructed a new golf course for the Aronimink GC in Newtown Square, PA. Ross later said “I intended to make this my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize I built better than I knew”. Aronimink would go on to host the 1962 PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship and several other PGA Tour tournaments.
Ben Hogan’s Life Story
Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of golf, survived a near fatal auto accident and made a dramatic return to championship golf. This video about Hogan’s life story was created by Bill Orr’s Telra Productions and narrated by Philadelphia PGA member, Clark Luis.
Johnny McDermott US Open Champion
Philadelphia’s Johnny McDermott won the 1911 and 1912 US Open. In 1914 he won the Western Open, but later that year he suffered a nervous breakdown. The rest of his life was spent in mental hospitals. Not long before his death he was in attendance at the 1971 US Open. This video, created by Bill Orr’s Telra Productions and narrated by Jack Whitaker, is about McDermott’s life story and playing accomplishments.
Philadelphia PGA Celebrating 90 Years
The Philadelphia PGA, founded on December 2, 1921, celebrated its 90th year in 2011. Bill Orr’s Telra Productions created this video highlighting the accomplishments of the Philadelphia PGA’s leaders and legends. The video is narrated by Section member Clark Luis.