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Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

June 1, 2016

The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame has announced the 2016 Class of inductees: William D., “Bill,” Clark, Lisa (Kluver) Grimes, Frank Taylor and Anne Zahn.  Members of the group will be inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame at various allied golf association events throughout the year.

The MGA-PGA Minnesota Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize Minnesotans for their outstanding contributions to the game of golf. A selection committee meets annually to review nominations and select inductees.

William D., “Bill,” Clark
Clark, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was the first golf professional hired at both the Minneapolis Golf Club and Oak Ridge Country Club, while later serving as the golf professional at Superior Golf Course (renamed Brookview). Clark’s greatest contribution to Minnesota golf is his golf course design work: he designed Oak Ridge, and Gross (originally called Armour), Columbia, Meadowbrook and Theodore Wirth golf courses for the Minneapolis Park Board; he contributed to the Willie Park Jr. design at Minneapolis GC, and redesigned the University Golf Club, prior to its expansion to 18 holes.

Lisa (Kluver) Grimes
Grimes, of Alexandria, Minn., established the 36-hole tournament record as the 1978 State Girls’ High School champion, a score unsurpassed for 26 years. She won the Minnesota Women’s Match Play (1980), the Minnesota Women’s State Amateur (1982), and the Minnesota Women’s State Open (four times: 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2014).

Frank Taylor
Taylor served on the Minnesota Section Board of Directors from 1974-1982, including as section president in 1979-1980. He was instrumental in forming the section’s Junior Golf Academy and Junior Golf Tour, and conceived the idea of a Senior State Open and Women’s Open championships. Taylor participated in the hiring of the section’s first executive director, and the establishment of a section reserve fund. After retiring from Rochester’s Eastwood Golf Course, he was named director of public golf courses for the city of Rochester.

Anne Zahn
Zahn, of Nevis, Minn., coached the University of Minnesota women’s golf team from 1982 to 1987, contending for the Big Ten championship during her tenure and eventually reaching a national ranking of 18th. She was named Big Ten Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. As a competitive player, Zahn won six individual Minnesota state titles, including two Women’s State Amateurs (stroke play), in 1976 and 1981; three Women’s State Match Play titles, 1976, 1979 and 1986; and a Senior Women’s State Amateur, in 2006; she nearly won six more times, finishing runner-up in these tournaments during a run from 1977 to 1983. Zahn also qualified for four USGA amateur championships: the U.S. Women’s Amateur (1982), and the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (2005-2007).

About the MGA-PGA Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame
The MGA-PGA Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize Minnesotans for their outstanding contributions to the game of golf. A task force meets annually to determine nominations. The MGA-PGA Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame is housed at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids and is operated and supported by the Minnesota Golf Association and the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. For more information, contact MGA Executive Director, Tom Ryan at 952-345-3971 or Minnesota Section PGA Executive Director, Jon Tollette at 763-754-0820.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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