IMPORTANT NAMES IN DAYTON'S GOLF HISTORY
Janet Schock Beardsley
Janet and her brother Don, retired head professional at Columbus Country Club, grew up surronded by golf at Community Country Club in Dayton, Ohio, where their father was manager for 38 years. Janet was five-time Dayton City Champion, five-time Dayton Women's District Champion, Western Junior quarter finalist and USGA Womens's Amateur quarter finalist. She was also Women's Club Champion numerous times at Community Golf Club, Miami Valley Golf Club, Brown's Run Country Club and Sugar Valley Country Club. She is past president of the Ohio Senior Women's Golf Association and was Ohio Senior Women's Champion in 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1981. Janet also participated in the first Senior Women's Olympics held in St. Louis, Missouri.
An Oakwood resident, Rodney Boren has played golf at every course where one of the four major championships--the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA--have been held. He also has played the top 100 U.S. courses on the current list of Golf magazine and Golf Digest, and every course that has hosted the Ryder Cup and the Walker Cup. At 90 years old in early 2007, Boren said “I’m still playing but trying not to find any new ones….” Since his retirement from “collecting golf courses,” he has played at a number of courses where championships have been played and where future tournaments will be played.
Alex "Nipper" Campbell
A native of Scotland, where he won his first golf tournament at age 15, Campbell came to the United States in 1896 and was professional at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., for almost two decades. He finished third in the 1907 US Open. He came to Dayton in 1925 where he played a major role in the design of area golf courses, including The Moraine Country Club, the Meadowbrook Country Club, and the Miamisburg Golf Club golf courses.
Robert (Bob) Kuntz
Bob Kuntz was co-founder of the international 2000-member Golf Collectors Society. He was an authority on the history of golf in Dayton and traced it from the manufacture of shoe lasts by Edward Canby’s company, later the MacGregor Company. (The manufacture of golf heads was an easy transition from shoe lasts.) Bob was also an avid collector of golf memorabilia.
Bob won the Ohio State Amateur Championship in 1933, 1936, 1939, 1940, and again in 1947, after returning from military service.
Diana served as a teacher and coach throughout the Dayton area while garnering many golf honors, including: Ohio Senior Women's Invitational Stroke Play Champion 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001; Women's Ohio State Golf Association-State Match Play Championship 1989 and 1990; Ohio Women's Golf Association-Senior Stroke Champion—seven years; Dayton City Women's amateur titles–14 years; Dayton District Women's Golf Association Stroke Play Champion—ten years. She maintained a 3 handicap or less for over 30 years.
Schwab National Golf Family of the Year 1971
The Schwab family was honored as the National Golf Family of the Year at the annual Metropolitan Golf Association’s banquet. Honored were Pat, Harry, Eunice, Tim and Red Hoffman, golf sportswriter. Harry won the 1953 PGA Seniors Championship, earning $750.
Bogie Busters was a two-day celebrity golf outing held annually between 1967 and 1991, sponsored by the Laughter Corporation and headed by Cy Laughter. Throughout the life of the event, it brought national personalities to Dayton, including President Gerald Ford, Vice President George Bush, Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, Bob Hope, Henry Ford II, and Byron Nelson. With hundreds of volunteer workers given the opportunity to mix with celebrities, there was an air of excitement in our town during these events, and no doubt Bogie Busters made many friends for Dayton. In this photo Cy Laughter is in the center, to his left is Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, and to his right, Gene Cernan, last man on the moon.