Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Golf Hall of Fame - 2010
William "Bill" Knox
Contributor to the Game
For more than 30 years, Bill Knox of Salina has been involved in golf in Kansas as a tireless volunteer for organizations in the state. He is a past President of the Kansas Golf Association and remains an Emeritus Director, and is a past President of the Kansas Golf Foundation, currently serving as an Advisory Director to the Foundation.
Knox spearheaded an effort to provide accessible, affordable golf facilities for young people in Saline County, leading to the establishment of The First Tee of Salina. He served as its President for five years and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
An authority on the Rules of Golf, Knox has served as a Rules official at all levels. He officiates at Kansas Golf Association events, Big XII Championships, and at all levels of competition for the United States Golf Association, including the U.S. Open.
Contributor to the Game
Ron Whitten of Topeka enters the Hall of Fame as a Contributor to the Game. He has devoted his professional career to studying, critiquing and writing about golf course architecture. After a stint as a city prosecutor in Topeka and as a writer for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, in 1984 Whitten went to work for Golf Digest. Whitten has written over 800 articles about golf course architecture and is co-author of the first (and still only) history of golf course design, “The Golf Course.”
At Golf Digest, Whitten helped shape the concept of national golf course rankings. He was responsible for the present scoring system used by the magazine for rating golf courses and for coordinating the panelist evaluations. Whitten has handled all of Golf Digest’s features relating to architecture, including the biennial survey of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” In 1996, Whitten was honored with the prestigious Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, given in recognition of his contributions to the public understanding of golf course design.
Whitten has also been involved in designing golf courses, notably Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin, which he co-designed along with Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Erin Hills was voted “Best New Course” in 2007 by Golf Magazine and was selected to host the 2011 United States Amateur Championship and the 2017 U.S. Open.