Tom Watson will be among the inaugural members inducted into the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Watson will join Stan Thirsk, his teacher and former PGA professional; Bob Reid, former Kansas City Golf Association executive director; Opal Hill, a founding member of the LPGA who taught golf at Hillcrest and Blue Hills; Leland “Duke” Gibson, a head professional at Blue Hills for 25 years; Miriam Burns (Horn) Tyson, who won seven Kansas City Women’s Match Play championships; and Chester “Chet” Mendenhall, a course designer who was a charter member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
There will be a private induction ceremony following the Kansas City Golf Association board of directors meeting at noon Saturday.
“The creation of the Kansas City Golf Hall of Fame is a key to our goal of preserving our past and honoring the accomplishments and contributions of individuals who have made golf and golfers in this area great,” association president Dick Sauer said in a statement announcing the Hall of Fame class.
“Our hope is to build a Hall of Fame that will become a coveted honor, one that will recognize a wide range of individuals who have distinguished themselves through their competitive records or their contributions to the great history and growth of golf in the Kansas City area.”
Watson, who will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2014, won Kansas City match play titles in 1964 and 1967 before becoming a 39-time winner on the PGA Tour and eight-time major champion, including five British Open titles.