Texas Golf Hall of Fame Expands Board
The Texas Golf Hall of Fame recently announced the expansion of their Board of Directors. The expansion adds a total of four board seats. It also greatly expands the depth of industry knowledge at the Board level for the Hall.
Newly appointed Board Members are:
- Sam Brewster – Managing Director of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Club Management Association of America, and owner of Brewster Association Services.
- Curtis Kelley, CCM – General Manager Preston Trail Golf Club located in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Kelley is also the past President of the Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Club Management Association of America
- Mike Epps – Past President, Lone Star Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and the current Golf Course Superintendent of the Mira Vista Country Club in Ft. Worth, Texas
- Johnny Walker – South Central Regional Representative, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and former past President of the South Texas Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
“We are delighted to have representatives from the CMAA and GCSAA join our Board. Their members and organizations will provide us with reach and bandwidth to enhance our future plans. The size, strength and professionalism of both organizations are great additions to our Board,” said Board Chairman Reid Meyers.
In addition to the newly added Board members, one board member, Marc DeWall, PGA – General Manager of Cordillera Ranch, reached the end of his term and has been replaced by Doug DeSive, PGA, a past President of the Southern Texas PGA.
In August 2020, the Hall announced the postponement of the festivities to honor the 2020 class of Inductees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions ease, the Hall will soon be announcing the events planned for 2021 in future press releases.
2020 Texas Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Professional Player: Angela Stanford
- Amateur Player: Hank Kuehne
- Lifetime Achievement: Verne Lundquist
- Golf Professional / Teacher: Mike Wright
- Golf Professional / Teacher: Dow Finsterwald, Jr.
- Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses: Oak Hills Country Club
Texas Golf Hall of Fame Reveals Inductee Class of 2020
San Antonio, Texas – The Texas Golf Hall of Fame today announced the 2020 Class of
Inductees. The Hall announced its 2020 class will be honored with a formal induction ceremony
at The Houston Country Club on Tuesday, October 6th. Each of the Inductees of the 2020 class
has an illustrious history of achievement that will be commemorated on granite markers on the
prestigious Texas Golf Walk of Fame at historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course, along with the
evening’s festivities that are open to the public.
2020 Texas Hall of Fame Inductees:
• Professional Player: Angela Stanford
• Amateur Player: Hank Kuehne
• Lifetime Achievement: Verne Lundquist
• Golf Professional / Teacher: Mike Wright
• Golf Professional / Teacher: Dow Finsterwald, Jr.
• Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses: Oak Hills Country Club
“We are delighted with this year’s class!” said Texas Golf Hall of Fame Board Chairman, Reid
Meyers. “Ms. Stanford is the first female selected into the Tour Professional class in ten years.
The Kuehne family now has the Triple Crown with Hank joining his sister Kelli and brother Trip
as an Inductee. To have ‘Oh, Wow! In your life have you seen anything like that!’ Verne
Lundquist elected is wonderful. There are no truer gentlemen than Mike Wright and Dow
Finsterwald. Jr., and the venerable Oak Hills is a great addition to our Registry. We could not be
more pleased not only with this class but, also, the depth of the list of nominees.”
Upon hearing of their induction into the Hall, Angela Stanford responded, “Oh wow!” and “I am
speechless right now!”. Inductee Henry “Hank” Kuehne stated “I don’t know what to say, thank
you very much, it’s a little bit shocking actually” and added “I’m speechless. It’s amazing, I’m
grateful, thank you very much!”
The 2020 Hall Inductee in the Professional Player Category, Angela Stanford born and raised in
Fort Worth, Texas, Angela Stanford won numerous junior Women’s Championships. Following
graduation from Boswell High School in 1996, Angela enrolled at TCU. She won nine collegiate
tournaments for the Horned Frogs, was a four-time All American, and a four-time All Western
Athletic selection. She was named Western Athletic Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year
in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Angela was also a member of the 2000 U.S. Curtis Cup Team.
Angela turned professional in 2000, earning a victory on the Futures Tour at the season-ending
event, and finished 4th at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status on the LPGA
in 2001. Angela has 95 Top-10 finishes on the LPGA, including six Championships and one
Major (2018 Evian Championship). She has played in six Solheim Cups and ranks 11th on the
LPGA Career Money List. Angela created the Angela Stanford Foundation in 2009 to give
scholarships to students who have been affected by cancer.
The 2020 Hall Inductee in the Amateur Player Category, Henry “Hank” Kuehne II is a former
U.S. Amateur Champion and a professional golfer who enjoyed some success on the PGA Tour.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Hank’s father started him playing golf at a young age. Hank began his
college career at Oklahoma State University but transferred to SMU. He earned All American
honors three times, won the 1998 U.S. Amateur, and played on the U.S. Eisenhower Trophy
Team in 1998. He has been inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame, was ranked Golf
Digest’s #1 World Amateur in 1999, and received numerous other Amateur titles and
distinctions. Kuehne’s best finish on the PGA TOUR was a T-2 at both the 2003 Shell Houston
Open and the 2005 John Deere Classic. In 2003, Hank won the TOUR’S Driving Distance title,
unseating John Daly, who had won eight consecutive titles. Hank joins his sister Kelli, a former
U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and brother Trip, winner of the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur in
the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Lingering back problems have prevented Hank from playing, but
he remains involved in the game as an instructor.
The first of two 2020 Hall Inductees in the Golf Professional/Teacher category is Mike Wright.
At just 23 years old, Mike Wright was appointed as the Head Golf Professional at Shady Oaks, a
Hall of Fame course. He had the unwavering support and emphatic endorsement of Ben Hogan.
Now as the Shady Oaks Director of Golf, Mike has served the club for 36 years. Eleven of
Mike’s assistants have been promoted to Head Professionals/General Manager positions. He cofounded
the Ben Hogan Foundation, which has awarded over $835,000 in scholarships to
deserving students and children of soldiers and is now breaking ground on a new learning center.
Mike has received the highest honors as a merchandiser, teacher, and player. As an instructor, he
has an enviable reputation from both the professional and amateur rank. He counts Angela
Stanford, Gerina Piller, Chad Campbell, and Mark Brooks among his students. He has been a
thoughtful, graceful representative of Ben Hogan’s legacy and his service to the PGA of America
at both the section and national levels is admirable.
The second of two 2020 Hall Inductees in the Golf Professional/Teacher category is Dow
Finsterwald, Jr. Finsterwald Jr. is the son of PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald Sr., who won 11
PGA Titles and played on four Ryder Cup teams. Dow Jr. grew up working for his father at the
Broadmoor Country Club caddying, working the driving range, and helping guests. After
graduating from Arizona State in 1981, Dow was hired by Oak Tree Country Club in Oklahoma
City as an Assistant Golf Professional. In 1987, his life changed dramatically when he was hired
by Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas as its Head Golf Professional. Dow Jr. has been
the host of 33 PGA TOUR events and a Women’s U.S. Open. He has won the Metro Chapter
Championship (1990) and the Club Pro Championship (1991); he’s played in four Joe Black Cup
Matches and has qualified for the Byron Nelson Championship and Colonial National
Invitationals. Daily, Dow Jr. keeps busy with the 700 golf members at Colonial Country Club.
Dow and his wife Mary Lou have two children, Dow the third and Katy, and two grandchildren.
The 2020 Hall Inductee in the Lifetime Achievement Category, Verne Lundquist graduated from
Austin High School and Texas Lutheran University. Verne now serves on TLU’s Board of
Regents and has also given much of his time to various charities. After beginning his career in
Austin, Verne went to Dallas as a sports anchor. He was an immediate success and it wasn’t long
before he was courted for the national stage. His career rocketed with ABC Sports, then CBS.
From the NFL and the Olympics to SEC Football and PGA Golf, Verne’s achievements in
broadcasting are legendary. Notably, it was Verne’s voice that richly illustrated, beautifully and
timely, The Masters. The honors he has amassed during his career are numerous.
The 2020 Hall Inductee in the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses, Oak Hills Country Club
is one of the oldest and most respected private member-owned country clubs in the country.
Originally founded in 1922 as the Alamo Country Club, Oak Hills was designed by premier
architect A.W. Tillinghast – perhaps the most prolific golf course designer of his time, with a
course portfolio including Winged Foot, Baltusrol, and San Francisco Golf Club. Tillinghast
brought his vision of beauty and challenging play to life on the course, now regularly enjoyed by
PGA, collegiate, and amateur players. Oak Hills has hosted 32 PGA TOUR events, including the
inaugural PGA TOUR Championship, the USGA Jr. Amateur Championship, TGA
Tournaments, and USGA Qualifiers.
This will be the Texas Golf Hall of Fame’s eleventh class to be inducted since the Hall’s
reconstitution in 2009. Public nominations made online were voted on by living Hall members,
the Texas Golf Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and designated Texas golf media members. The
Induction Dinner will take place at the historic Houston Country Club on Tuesday, October 6th.