Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Golf Hall of Fame - 1991

D.W.

D.W. "Bill" Adams

Golf Course Superintendent

1991

An accomplished golf course superintendent for 10 years at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita, and Topeka Country Club for 20 years, Adams played a vital role in bringing the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to its current home in Lawrence, Kan. He also served as a charter member of the Kansas Turfgrass Association as well as President of the Heart of America GCSA. His remarkable impact was made quietly and efficiently. D.W. Adams died November 17, 1984, in Topeka.

Judy Bell

Judy Bell

Contributor to the Game

1991

Judy Bell perhaps epitomizes more about amateur golf than any woman who has ever graced the golf courses of America. A three-time Kansas Women's Amateur, Bell won numerous major amateur championships across the country in her early ages. She served as a non-playing captain of the U.S. Curtis Cup teams in 1986 & '88. Her tenure recently expired as the first ever woman president of the United States Golf Association. Bell is a successful businesswoman in Colorado Springs.

Howard J.

Howard J. "Jake" Carey

Contributor to the Game

1991

"Jake" as he is fondly known by friends, directed the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association beginning in 1950. He has been a charter member of Prairie Dunes Country Club since its opening in 1937. In 1975, he was elected to the USGA Executive Committee. As president of one of the United States largest "salt" companies, he received his law degree in 1941 from the University of Michigan. Hutchinson is home for Jake Carey until he passed away in April 2007 at the age of 89.

Harold

Harold "Jug" McSpaden

Professional Player

1991

Twice named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team and one of the "Gold Dust Twins" duo along with Byron Nelson, McSpaden won 17 professional tour events in his career. He helped develop Dub's Dread Golf Course located in Piper in the 1960's after his professional days were over. A successful New York business man as well, McSpaden remained an active golfer until his death.

Dick Metz

Dick Metz

Professional Player

1991

The Arkansas City native logged 14 professional victories. Author of the book How to Play Par Golf, Metz recovered from a near fatal automobile accident in 1936 only to then highlight his career by winning six professional championships in 1939 alone. Metz participated in the first ever Masters at Augusta National.

Mike Murra

Mike Murra

Club Professional

1991

Legendary head golf professional who put Wichita on the golf map. Murra was an outstanding teacher and player. Murra serviced the members of Wichita C.C. for over half his life with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in others. A great trait was his ability to train his assistants to become head professionals. Mike Murra succumbed to Parkinson's disease on October 26, 1966.

Marilynn Smith

Marilynn Smith

Professional Player

1991

Smith was a 22-time LPGA Tour champion and remains one of the most recognizable and famous names in women's golf. Smith served as president of the LPGA, the organization she helped found in 1950. Smith conducted exhibitions in all 50 states and 34 countries. "Miss Personality" as she is known by those close to her, currently resides in Richardson, Texas.

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Professional Player

1991

One of the all-time greats in the history of golf, Watson dominated the game for many years. From 1977 to 1984, he won the PGA Player-of-the-Year award a record six times. He has won the British Open five times and the Masters twice. In addition, he has appeared on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams. Watson has generated over $3 million for hospital research and equipment in Kansas City and annually hosts the Children's Mercy Golf Classic. Elected in 1988 to the World PGA Golf Hall of Fame, Watson is still active on the PGA Tour.