Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Golf Hall of Fame - 1994
Contributor to the Game
Harrison has served as the President and Vice-President of the Wichita Women's City Golf Association as well as President of the Women's Trans Mississippi Golf Association. In addition, she was appointed to the important Women's Committee of the USGA. She has served as a Rules Official at the U.S. Women's Open and Curtis Cup. In 1958, she received the Mike Murra Achievement award for her work with junior golf and general promotion of golf in Wichita. She also received the Heritage Award in 1993. Nadine Harrison was a true "contributor to the game of golf."
Known as the "great communicator" for his sense of humor and ability to effectively teach the game, O'Brien first served as the head golf professional at Westlinks Public Golf Course in Wichita in 1944. He was instrumental in the creation of Rolling Hills Country Club and became its head pro until 1965. He was the innovator of new methods to teach the game of golf. Author of Aim High and Hang Loose, Wichitans remember his entertaining TV show produced locally by Jack Miller. Thousands were enlighten ed by his frequent seminar presentation, clinics, and after-dinner speeches. Gene has been a member of the PGA of America for over 50 years, he has served as President of the South Central Section of the PGA.
Mr. O'Brien passed away in 1997 at age 79.
Truffelli has been teaching the game of golf on the same grounds in Wichita since 1923. At age 92, he is one of only a few nonagenarian members of the PGA of America and probably the oldest teaching pro. He spent 33 years as head pro at Crestview, putting in the first grass greens and developing its existing layout. At age 22, he finished 47th at the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills. Known as one of the longest hitters despite only weighing 145 pounds, Truffelli qualified for the 1935 PGA Championship. He was an excellent golfer and teacher, but making golf clubs is the trade he enjoyed most.
Mr. Truffelli passed at age 94 in July 1997.