Joplin Golf Foundation

Est. 1981

Joplin Golf Hall of Fame Members

Kevin RollerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Twin Hills Invitational Champion 1989
  • Cassville Open Champion 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989
  • Cassville Club Champion 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2011
  • Missouri State Amateur Runner-Up Medalist and Quarter Finalist 1989
  • Missouri State Amateur Semi-Finalist 1991
  • Cassville Golf Course Record “59”-13 | June 27, 1990
  • 25 Long Drive Titles 1986 Thru 1990
  • Horton Smith Cup Team Member 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Hall of Fame Champions 1988
Mike WheelerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Chairman Twin Hills Invitational 2000-2010
  • Chairman Twin Hills Pro Am 2000-Present
  • Director Joplin Golf Foundation 2002-2009
  • Chairman Joplin Junior Golf 2002-2009
  • Captained 3 Winning Ky Laffoon Teams
  • Captained 2 Winning Horton Smith Teams
  • Director Missouri Golf Association 2005-2010
  • Rules Official Missouri Golf Association 2005-2010
  • Assistant Coach Joplin High School Lady’s Golf 2007-2009
  • Head Coach Missouri Southern Men’s Golf 2010-Present

Dick MossJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • As a member of the Joplin Golf Foundation Board for many years, Dick has worked to improve Junior Golf in the Joplin area
  • His participation in the Joplin Junior Golf Program, including registration of juniors, assisting instructors, and advancing ideas to improve the experience for junior golfers, has been instrumental to the program
  • As a member of the Ditto Sapp Memorial Pro Am Committee for over a decade, the primary source of funding for Joplin Junior Golf, Dick has given endlessly of his time and resource
  • An avid golfer, Dick has played in many fundraising tournaments over the years and has enjoyed his share of victories in those events while promoting their causes
  • Dick scored an ace on #8 at Twin Hills in 2002, witnessed by friends John Sapp, Daryl Deel, Jim Weaver, and Ben Southwick
Gary “Butch” VernonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Briarbrook Club Champion 1973
  • Horton Smith Team Captain 1975
  • Director Joplin Golf Foundation 1985-Present
  • Joplin Junior Golf Director 2008-Present
  • 4 Holes in One at Twin Hills, #5, #14, #18, #5
  • Briarbrook Member Guest Champion with Charles Doolin 1975
  • Horton Smith Team Member 8 Years
  • President Joplin Golf Foundation 2000-Present
  • Assistant Coach Missouri Southern Men’s Golf 2010-Present
  • 4 Double Eagles “Albatross,” #1, #3, #18 Schifferdecker, #7 Briarbrook

Pam Loyd BorlandJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Missouri Stae Junior Golf Championships 3rd place, 1st place, 2nd place
  • Missouri Womens Amateur 2 time Quarter finals
  • Carthage City Women’s Champion 1965, 1966
  • Tri-State Womens Champion 1969
  • Joplin Womens Golf Association 2004 Player of the Year
  • Schifferdecker Women’s Club Champion 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Horton Smith Team Qualifier 1960s, 2011 to 2013

Joe BorlandJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Member Carthage Tiger Big 9 Conference Champions 1957, 1958, 1959
  • 1st place Jaycee Junior Championship 1962
  • Missouri Amateur Low Qualifier, 71 in 1977
  • Carthage Pro-Am Amateur Champion 4 times
  • 1st place Center Creek Open 1979, 1980, 1981
  • 1st place Lamar Open 1987
  • 1st place Dick Mansfield Championship 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • CMGA Player of the Year 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • 1st place CMGA Stroke Play 2004, 2005, 2008
  • 1st place CMGA Senior Stroke Play 2011, 2013
  • Carthage Course Record “59” 1998

Jimmy WeaverJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Twin Hills Invitational Senior Champion 2 times
  • Twin Hills Club Champion 8 times
  • Center Creek Club Champion 3 times
  • Missouri Amateur 1996, 1997 and advanced to match play
  • Missouri Senior Championship- finished 3rd 3 times
  • Twin Hills Invitational finished 3rd 3 times
  • Ozark Amateur, Loma Linda Invitational- 2nd place finishes in each
  • Best Ball Championship, Twin Hills with Tom Lasseter
  • Show-Me Classic with Bob Schultz
  • Country Western with Bob Belmonte
  • Center Creek Open, 2nd place. Lost in playoff to Robert Russell
  • Multiple year member of the Joplin Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon teams
  • Certified golf course superintendent for 32 years at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club and Center Creek Golf Course
  • Ozark Turf Association, Former President

Jo PoyzerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Joplin Golfer of the Year- 1st 2008, 2011 and 2nd 2002, 2005
  • 4 Club Scratch Champion 2004, 2011
  • Net Champion 2007
  • City Championship 2nd 2006
  • Schifferdecker Club Champion 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Horton Smith Team 2011
  • 4 Club Team Champion 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Tri-State Team Champion 2003, 2004, 2005

Sonnie DooleyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Twin Hills Ladies Club Champion 1992, 1995, 1998, 2002
  • Horton Smith Ladies Team 1980 through 1990
  • Horton Smith Ladies Team Captain 1988
  • Winner in many area tournaments including:
  • Nutcracker with Rilla Miller
  • Neosho with Donna Hicks
  • Womens Tri-State, B flight
  • 7 time champion Mary Jane Landreth Tournament at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club
  • Dedicated instructor, official, sponsor, and friend of area junior golfing

Danny Langerot JuniorJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • 50th Anniversary Twin Hills Invitational Champion 2002. 1st Twin Hills Member to win the championship
  • Joplin Globe Individual City Champion 2002, 2004 and runner-up 2005, 2009
  • Michelob Player of the Year 2002
  • Joplin Globe “Best of the Best” 2002
  • Twin Hills Club Champion 2003
  • Ozark Amateur Runner Up 2002
  • 4 College Championships
  • MIAA Player of the Week Honors at Pittsburgh State University 1989-1992
  • Kansas/Nebraska Junior Cup Member 1986
  • Won SE Kansas League 1985 HS Championship. 1st Freshman to win dating to 1927
  • All SEK Golf Team 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Two time Kansas 4A Regional Champion 1986, 1987
  • 11 time Columbus Country Club Champion 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003
  • 8 time member Twin Hills City Team and multiple year member of the Joplin Horton Smith Team

Glen BorlandJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Member of Carthage Tiger Big 9 Conference Champions, 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Big 9 Conference Tournament Champion 1959
  • Member Joplin Junior College Lions 1960, 1961
  • Member JJC Lion State Juco Golf Champions 1961
  • 8th place finish Juco National Championship
  • Carthage Open 1st place
  • 10th Annual Lamar Open 1st place
  • United Missouri Bank Championship, Match Play Champion, CMGA Championship, 1st place

Les TaylorJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Two Ottawa Country Club Open Championships
  • Two Neosho Fall Festival Championships
  • Joplin Golf Club – Club Champion
  • Runner up W.D. Jackson Invitational
  • 2001 Senior Michelob Golfer of the Year
  • 24 time Horton Smith Ky Laffoon Cup Team Member
  • Undefeated in Ky Laffoon Cup Matches

Kyle LongJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Twin Hills Invitational Champion 2001, 2003, 2011, 2012
  • MIAA Conference Tournament Champion 2003
  • Dennis Ditto Memorial Pro-Am Champion 2004, 2005
  • Midwest PGA District 6 Stroke Play Champion 2005
  • Joplin City Championship Champion 2008, 2009
  • Twin Hill Member/Guest Championship with Andy Koehler 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Harvest Moon Couples Invitational with wife Jana Long 2011

Gary BorlandJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Member Carthage Tiger Big 9 Conference Champions Medalist, 1964
  • Member Carthage Tiger State Qualifiers 1964, 1965
  • Member MSC Junior College National Qualifiers 1968
  • Carthage Pro-Am Champion 1968, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1983
  • 22nd Annual Joplin Globe City Championship 1st place
  • Nevada Senior Championship 2003
  • CMGA Championship 2006, 2007, 2010
  • 1st place Dick Mansfield Championship 2003, 2010, 2011
  • 1st place CMGA Stroke Play 2010
  • 1st place CMGA Senior Stroke Play 2012

Deb McFarlandJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Women’s Tri-State Champion 2003, 2006, 2007
  • Women’s 4 Club Champion 2006, 2007
  • Briarbrook Womens Club Champion 2006, 2007
  • Island Green Women’s Club Champion 2002, 2003
  • Greater Joplin Womens Golf Association Player of the year 2006, 2007
  • 9 time Horton Smith Ladies Team Member. Record 12, 5, 1
  • Joplin Women’s City Championship. 4 top 5 finishes
  • Carthage Municipal Golf Course Women’s Course Record, 71 in 2007
  • Greater Joplin Women’s Golf Association Co-Chair 2010, 2011

Todd PeffermanJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Joplin Globe City Championship 2000
  • Cassville Invitational Finished 1st
  • Joplin Horton Smith Cup. Played on 9 of the teams
  • Member of Missouri Souther Golf Team 1994-1998 13 year letterman
  • Twin Hills Invitational 2007
  • Twin Hills Club Championship 2007
  • Twin Hills Championship 1st place 2009
  • Supporter of multiple non-profit tournaments

Missy LittleJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Joplin City Ladies Champion 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Twin Hills Ladies Club Champion 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Horton Smith Ladies Team for four years
  • Edison HS Girls Team in Tulsa, OK -1980 OK State Champions

Jim LucasJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Katy Golf Club Champion, Parson, KS 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • City Champion Parsons, KS 1989, 1990, 1995
  • 9 Kansas Area Championships 1985 to 1996
  • 10 Kansas Area Senior Championships 1997 to 1999
  • Briarbrook Invitational Champion 2002, 2005 and 2nd place in 1992, 1999
  • Joplin City Championship 2nd place 2003 and 4 top finishes
  • 9 time member of Ky Laffoon Team with a combined record of 14-3-1
  • National record holder 2 man scramble with Lou Rapalino of 17 under par
  • Long time instructor and coach in junior golf

Boyd DowneyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the Twin Hills Invitational in 1990 and 1991
  • Winner of the Joplin Globe City Championship in 1987
  • Winner of Briarbrook Invitational in 1990
  • Runner up in Ozark Amateur in 1987
  • Captain of Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team
  • Played Hooters and Prairie Tours and Top 10 Money Winner on Prairie Tour

Lou RapalinoJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won four Ozark Amateur Championships
  • Four Briarbrook Invitationals
  • Marshall Smith Invitational
  • And Kansas State Mid-Am Champion
  • Runner up at Kansas State Mid-Am and Kansas Golf Association Senior Championship
  • Multiple time Ky Laffoon Cup member

Charles SchifferdeckerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Donated 150 acres to the City of Joplin in 1913 for a park that later included Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course
  • Thanks to his generous gift, tens of thousands of golfers, including Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, and Hale Irwin, have played the course
  • The golf course is the site of the oldest tournament, the Ozark Amateur (previously Tri-State Amateur) west of the Mississippi River

Leigh Ann HackneyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Michelob Golfer of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1998, and 1999
  • Runner up in 1995 and 1996
  • Women’s City Champion in 195 and 1999
  • Runner up in 1996 and 1998
  • Won Briarbrook Club Championship in 1993 and 1998
  • Second in Women’s Tri-State Championship at Independence, KS
  • Represented Joplin regularly in Horton Smith Cup matches
  • Second with Linda Powers in Nutcracker Scramble at Briarbrook

Regina TownesJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of Briarbrook Country Club Women’s Championship six straight times
  • President of the Missouri Women’s Golf Association in 1993
  • Director of the State Women’s Golf Association
  • Co-Medalist of the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Championship in 1992
  • Member of the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team for 10 straight years

Jim HatfieldJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of Ozark Amateur 1960-1961
  • Eight time winner of the Carthage  Pro-Am
  • Regular on Joplin’s Horton Smith Cup Team in 1950s and 1960s
  • Played in three U.S. Senior Opens and one U.S. Open
  • Had four top 12 finished on the PGA Seniors Tour in 1991
  • Qualified for 12 of 15 PGA seniors events in 1991 and was low qualifier eight times
  • Shot 59 on the old course at Schifferdecker Municipal Course and twice had 60s

Paul AsheJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Ozark Amateur in 1988
  • Won Briarbrook Invitational in 1988, second in 1985, 1987, and 1990
  • Second in Loma Linda Invitational in 1991
  • Second in Twin Hills Invitational in 1988
  • Winner Of Joplin Globe City Championship in 1988 and 1990
  • Michelob Player of the Year in 1989, and runner up in 1990 and 1991
  • Won Howard Childress Memorial Invitational at Baxter Springs, KS in 1983, 1989, and 1991, and won second in 1982, 1984, and 1988
  • Loma Linda Club Champion in 1989 and 1990
  • Many time member of the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team and Captain of the team in 1988

Woodson OldhamJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Finished third in the 1951 Tri-State Amateur
  • Fore runner of the Ozark Amateur by winning a playoff over Bob Smith, Eddie Fowks, and Kenny Childress
  • As judge of the Jasper County Juvenile court, he helped many youngsters get into golf by giving them golf clubs and getting them interested in caddying
  • Provided trophy for the Harold Kirk Junior Golf Championship
  • Tied the Sand-Greens Course record of 30 at Lamar Country Club
  • Served as President of the Webb City Golf Association at Hatten Farms Golf Course

George Leonard OttJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Assistant Pro in Miami at age 12
  • Assisted at Oak Hill Country Club (now Twin Hills)
  • Only Pro at Redings Mill Golf Course
  • Served as Head Pro at Green Gables Country Club in Denver and at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables, FL
  • Won Tri-State Amateur Championship in 1929
  • Won Colorado Open during pro career

Clair GoodwinJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Revived interest in Joplin Horton Smith Club Team
  • Director of the Joplin Globe City Championship
  • First President of the Joplin Golf Foundation which supervises Hall of Fame
  • Recognized as area’s leading authority on golf through his chip shot’s column in the Joplin Globe
  • Played on the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team in 1985
  • Scored a hole in one on the 15th hole on old Schifferdecker Municipal Course layout

Harold ThompsonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Taught golf as director of city’s summer recreational programs for 20 years beginning in 1955
  • Introduced many of city’s top players to fundamentals of game
  • Play on Joplin High School Golf Team in 1940s, on Joplin Junior college Team in 1946-47, and on Southwest Missouri State Team in 1948-49

Jonne LasterJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Club Champion at Schifferdecker Golf Course
  • Club Champion at Hatten Farms Golf Course in Webb City
  • Horton Smith Cup Team member since 1946
  • Strong supporter of Junior Horton Smith Cup matches
  • President, Tri-State Women’s Golf Association
  • Three time member of MWGA Board

Robert (Bob) E. SmithJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • 2 time Ozark Amateur winner
  • Twin Hills Champion 1960
  • Briarbrook invitational Champion
  • Won Joplin City championship 4 times
  • Held record of 8 under par 27 at Schifferdecker
  • Had consecutive 9 under par 62s at Schifferdecker

Jimmy ThomasJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Member Webb City State Championship team ,1944
  • Member Joplin Junior College National Tournament team 1946
  • Qualified for PGA Texas Open, 1954
  • Organizer and chairman of Art Wadkins Memorial Tournament
  • Chairman, Twin Hill Invitational for seven years

Bob TurnerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the 1978 Briarbrook Invitational
  • Won Missouri Senior 4 ball with Ed Spencer in 1997
  • Won Missouri Senior 4 ball with Spencer in 1999
  • Member of Joplin Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon cup teams 16 times since 1977
  • Member of 22 City Championship teams
  • Made two Ky Laffoon teams and two city championship teams after age 65
  • On winning city teams 10 times
  • Briarbrook Club Champion in 1978, Loma Linda in 1994, and Twin Hills Senior in 2001
  • Eight time member of Loma Linda “team of the decade” which won Joplin Globe City Championship from 1980 to 1990

Mary Jane Landreth

  • Championship contender in area tournaments since 1950
  • Qualified for WMGA Championship 5 times
  • Member WMGA Board of Directors
  • Installed card filing system at local area tournaments
  • Designed tournament format book for WMGA
  • Helped organize senior WMGA 1975

Mike MaierJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Briarbrook Invitational 1992, 1997
  • Carthage Open 1996
  • WD Jackson Invitational 1999
  • Neosho Fall Festival 1997, 1999
  • Michelob Golfer of the Year 1996
  • Ozark Amateur 2003
  • 20 years local golf course superintendent Katy Parson. Coffeyville Hillcrest. Neosho Municipal. Loma Linda
  • Oversaw the reconstruction of 18 holes and addition of 9 holes at Neosho Municipal

Mel IpockJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Has been instrumental in the success of the Joplin Golf Foundation’s Junior golf Program as an instructor and a club maker
  • Qualified for Joplin’s Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon Cup teams 25 of 28 years he entered
  • Has competed in hundreds of tournaments nationwide
  • Cuts down clubs, puts on grips, and repairs heads on more than 1200 woods, irons, and putters for the junior golf program

Gary PhillipsJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the Briarbrook Invitational in 1976 and 1978
  • Winner of the 1978 Joplin Globe City Championship
  • Finished in second place in the 1976 Globe City Championship
  • Won the Baxter Springs Invitational in 1976
  • Won the Lamar Open in 1975
  • Winner of the Briarbrook Club Championship six times
  • Frequent member of the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team in the 1970s

Ron JohnstonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Joplin Globe City Championship in 1985
  • Won Briarbrook Invitational in 1986
  • Third in Twin Hills Invitational in 1986
  • Second in 1986 Michelob Golfer of the Year Competition
  • Won 1987 four-state open at Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Twice captain of victorious Joplin Horton Smith Cup Teams
  • Second twice in Miami Invitational and once in Cassville Open
  • Club Champion at Loma Linda in 1987 and 1988 and at Briarbrook in 1997

Mike HammondJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Ozark Amateur Champion 1979 and 1980
  • His score of 130 in 1979 remains the tournament record
  • Set amateur course records in 1979 at Twin Hills and Briarbrook with 64s
  • Won Joplin Globe City Championship in 1979
  • As a professional, won Saskatchewan Open on the PGA Tour
  • As an assistant pro at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, AR won the 1990 Arkansas PGA Championship, and was third in the tournament in 1990 and 1991

Dave PawlusJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the 1994 Twin Hills Invitational
  • Runner up in the 1994 Michelob Golfer of the Year Competition
  • Winner of the 1988 and 1994 Miami Invitational
  • Winner of the 1988 Four-State Open at Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Winner of the 1994 Sarcoxie Open
  • First-Round medalist in the Missouri Men’s Amateur in 1989
  • Originator of the golfer of the competition
  • Director of the Michelob Golfer of the Year series and the Joplin globe City Championship

Eddie McKayJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Twin Hill Club Championship 1957, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1977
  • Runner Up Twin Hills Invitational 1964, 1973, 1975
  • Second in Tri-State Amateur 1953
  • Runner up in Joplin Globe City Championship in 1976
  • Regular on Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon Cup Teams

Frankie JacobsJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won 1988 Loma Linda Invitational and got second in 1989
  • Tied for second 1973 Briarbrook Invitational
  • Second in1976 Twin Hills Invitational
  • Tied for second in 1978 and 1981 Globe City Championship
  • Third twice in Ozark Amateur
  • Runner up in 1973 Twin Hills club Championship and 1990 Loma Linda Club Championship
  • Devised format for Globe City Championship

Terry KeyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Twin Hills Invitational 1977, 1979, 1987
  • Won Briarbrook Invitational 1980, 1982, 1987
  • Won Joplin Golf Club Championship 1977, 1978, 1979
  • Runner-up Ozark Amateur 1979
  • Member Joplin Horton Smith Cup Teams

Ethel MattesJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Charter Member of Oak Hill Country Club (now Twin Hills)
  • Instrumental in starting Ladies Day at Club Oak Hill Women’s Championship 1923 and 1924
  • Runner up 1927, 1928, 1929
  • Secretary of Schifferdecker Women’s Golf Association 1932
  • Semi-Finalist in 1927 Women’s Tri-State
  • Member Women’s Horton Smith Cup Team 1941 and 1942

Joan ThomasJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Medalist and runner up, WMGA twice
  • Champion Women’s Tri-State 8 times and medalist 12 times
  • Medalist in Horton Smith Cup matches 26 times
  • Puerto Rico Women’s Champion 1955
  • Low amateur in LPGA Southgate Open
  • Qualified for championship flight three in Trans-Miss
  • Qualified and played in Women’s U.S. Amateur

Harry RobersonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Member of Joplin’s Horton Smith-Ky Laffoon Cup Teams in six decades 1930s through 1980s
  • 1976 Kansas Seniors Champion
  • 10th in Bicentennial Tournament of Champions at Williamsport, VA for state seniors titles
  • Regular player in Missouri Seniors and six year member of Board of Directors

Ky LaffoonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Finished second 62 times in 23 year PGA career
  • Led PGA in money winnings in 1933-34
  • Top 10 in earnings, PGA tours 1930-1047
  • Third in U.S. Open three times
  • Won 10 matches in PGA Championship
  • Preceded Horton Smith as golf professional at Oak Hill Country Club (now Twin Hills)

Hugh RaineyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • President, Missouri Men’s Golf Association
  • President, Missouri Seniors Golf Association
  • Missouri Men’s Golf Association Scholarship Committee
  • Evans Scholars Foundation sponsor
  • Participant in the World Seniors Invitational Tournament
  • Best Round- A 72 at Twin Hills
  • Hole in one 5th Hole, Twin Hills

Hale IrwinJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won the U.S.  Open in 1974 at Winged Foot., 1979 at Iverness, and 1990 at Medinah
  • Winner of three PGA Senior Championships, 1996, 1997, and 1998
  • Has a record of 29 senior tour wins
  • Winner of more than $15 million combined on the two tours
  • Won NCAA Golf Title in 1967
  • Learned to play golf at Schifferdecker Municipal Course and Baxter Springs Country Club

Ben PellJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Head Professional at Loma Linda Country Club from late 1970s
  • Assistant professional at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club for 8 years
  • Working with low-handicap amateurs, high-handicappers, and beginners, he was one of the area’s most popular and sought after pros for lessons
  • Gave many free lessons to those whose games were in trouble
  • Was a founding member of the Joplin Golf Foundation and instrumental in the foundations golf program
  • Held a variety of club positions in Oklahoma and Las Vegas after turning pro in 1958
  • Qualified to play in the Tucson and Phoenix Opens in the early 1960s but didn’t make the cut
  • Won the Southwest Section’s PGA’s Assistant Pro Championship in 1961 and was a runner up in 1962
  • Runner up in the senior division of the Midwest Section PGA Championship

Ed SpencerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Southwest Missouri Sands Greens Medalist 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
  • Won Twin Hills Invitational 1986
  • Won Springdale, Arkansas Chic-A-Tee twice and second eight times
  • Second in Ozark Amateur in 1964 and in Briarbrook Invitational
  • Runner up in Missouri Golf Association Senior Championship in 1991
  • won  age division in MGA Senior Championship 1994 and 1995
  • Won Carthage Invitational in 1962

Dennis GoettelJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • 1997 Missouri Amateur Champion
  • Played in Amateur four times, winning once
  • Reaching semifinals twice and quarterfinals once
  • Played in 1980 U.S. Open
  • Winner of the Twin Hills Invitational in 1976
  • Low amateur in 1976 Missouri Open
  • PGA Gateway section champion
  • Twice Runner up in Ozark Amateur
  • Amateur winner of the Carthage Pro-Am

Lee LarimoreJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Four Missouri State Left-Handed Championships
  • Third place in National Left-Handed tournaments
  • Three straight Michelob Golfer of the Year awards
  • Two Briarbrook Invitational titles
  • Two Ozark Amateur championships
  • Loma Linda Invitational Championship
  • Cassville open championship
  • Howard Childress Memorial Championship
  • Joplin City Championship Individual Title
  • City Match Play Championship

Rilla MillerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the Briarbrook Club Championship 7 times
  • Tied for Medalist and Low Gross seniors in the 1982 Tri-State
  • Regular on the Women’s Horton Smith Cup Teams
  • Won Joplin Lady Elks Championship 3 times
  • Helped Briarbrook win two Tri-State low gross team championships
  • Runner up several times in the Nutcracker Scramble at Briarbrook
  • Served as the Tri-State Amateur President and chaired Nutcracker Scramble three times
  • Chaired organizational meeting of the Joplin Women’s Golf Association
  • Won three Grandmother’s tournaments at Briarbrook

Eddie FowksJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • In 1924, at age 16, won a Tri-State tournament championship
  • Medalist on Joplin’s first Horton Smith Cup Team in 1930, shooting 72-72-143
  • Finished second in the tri-state amateur with a 9 under par 204, losing by one shot
  • Teamed with Cy Perkings to beat Springfield’s No. 1 doubles team in 1940 Horton Smith Cup matches
  • Playing on a handicap, he finished second in the Webb City Amateur at Hatten Farms Course in 1940
  • Won the Twin Hill Country Club Championship in 1947
  • Played on his 20th Horton Smith Cup Team in 1953

Larry HickeyJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Sponsor of Michelob Golfer of the Year competition in which points are awarded at selected tournaments throughout the year to recognize the area’s top golfers
  • Sponsor for two years of the Michelob Art Wadkins golf scholarships at Missouri Southern State College and the University of Missouri
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Missouri State Golf Association
  • Tournament director for Twin Hills Invitational and Show-Me Classic
  • Member of the World Seniors Golf Association and Southern Seniors Golf Association

Danny TourletotJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Globe City Championship 1982, 1984
  • Won Briarbrook Invitational 1985
  • Runner Up Twin Hills Invitational 1977 and Ozark Amateur 1985
  • Twin Hills Champion 4 times
  • Loma Linda Champion
  • Won Hall of Fame Scramble 1985, 1986

Homer HatfieldJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Shot a 4 under par 67 to lead the qualifying in the 1963 Ozark Amateur
  • Two time medalist of the Joplin Elks tournament and a three time winner of the tournament
  • Has won six Seniors Tournament Champions
  • Has shot his age more than 70 times

Jack JamesJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • 1968 Ozark Americas Champion 68-65-133
  • 1966-67 Ozark American runner up
  • Co-Medalist in 1958 Missouri State Amateur
  • Joplin Golf Club Champion 1967
  • Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team regular in the 1960s
  • Twice had seven consecutive birdies
  • Winner of several Arca Golf Championships

Barry FranksJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Globe City Championship 1977, 1983, 1986
  • Won Briarbrook Invitation 1987
  • Won Joplin Centennial 1976
  • Won Hall of Fame Scramble 1985, 1986
  • Loma Linda Club Champion 1983, 1984
  • Member Horton Smith Teams

Jimmy PorterJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Runner-up First Tri-State Amateur 1922
  • Winner, Tri-State Amateur 1926
  • Winner, Secretary’s Flight in Trans – Mississippi 1926
  • Once held front nine record of 6-under par 29, Schifferdecker
  • Hole in one Twin Hills at March 4, 1959
  • Qualified for Seniors National Championship, 1964
  • Charter member of Horton Smith Cup team

Derril TateJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Joplin City Championship in 5 decades
  • Runner-up seven times in Ozark Amateur, Tri State Amateur
  • Runner-up twice in Twin Hills Invitational
  • Member, Horton Smith and Ky Laffoon teams
  • Had an 8-under, par 63, with four bogeys, at Schifferdecker

Marshall SmithJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner of the 1987 and 1989 Ozark Amateur Championship
  • His 131 total in 1989 was only a shot off the Ozark Tournament Record
  • Winner of the 1993 Briarbrook Invitational.Twice winner of Howard Childress Memorial at Baxter Springs, KS
  • Won three straight W.D. Jackson Invitational Titles at Miami, OK Country Club

Harold KirkJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Managed Elks Country Club in Pittsburgh
  • Former Professional at Schifferdecker Municipal Course
  • Helped resurrect Ozark Amateur Tournament
  • Active in Joplin’s Junior and Adult golf programs
  • Best competitive round – 63 at Schifferdecker

Marshall SmithJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Provided free golf instruction for hundreds of boys and girls in the tri-state area since 1954
  • Golfing guru to professional and amateur stars Craig Stadler, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Wal Zembriski, and others
  • Managed highly successful fundraising tournaments for children’s charities at Shangri-La Resort near Grove
  • Writes a regular column in Golf Tips Magazine and is author of the book, “Hit Your Second Shot First”
  • Conducts national golf clinics and a golf school at Shangri-La

Bob McCayJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Joplin City Champion 1989
  • 12 time member of the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team with 10-1-1 record in singles against Springfield
  • Twice qualifier for Missouri State Amateur
  • Championship Member of the 1975-1980 MSSC Golf team
  • Active for many years as an instructor in junior golf
  • Member of the Joplin Golf Foundation

Joe McKenzieJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Active in giving lessons to hundreds of junior golfers in city programs and at Briarbrook Golf and Country Club
  • Served as Head Professional at Briarbrook from 1969 to 1982
  • Was assistant pro at Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course from 1964 to 1969
  • Member of the team winning the 7th Army Championship in Frankfurt, Germany in 1959
  • Frequent member of the Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team in the 1950s

Robert RussellJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Joplin Globe City Championship 1991, 1992, 1994
  • Ozark Amateur 1994, 1995
  • Twin Hills Invitational 1995, 1996
  • Briarbrook Invitational 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Michelob Golfer of the Year 1994
  • National Junior Golfer Champion, 1995
  • Kansas City Community College record 13 wins and national title
  • University of Missouri Kansas City 4 wins including Drake relays and Bradley Invitational
  • Invitation to NCAA Division 1 Regional

Bill CoxJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Named golf coach at Missouri Southern State College in May of 1965
  • A self-taught player, he was a scratch player in Seattle, Washington and his best round was a 5 under par 68 at Inglewood Country Club in Seattle
  • Has had two holes in one, both on the same hole at Inglewood
  • A student of the golf swing, he has imparted his knowledge to his player and others
  • He says there are four keys to the swing: the grip, alignment, head, and takeaway
  • Designs, constructs, and repairs golf clubs

Bob CoxJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Has qualified the Joplin Horton-Smith and Ky Laffoon Cup teams 21 times in the 23 years
  • Served as captain of the Joplin KY Laffoons teams
  • Twice was among the final round leaders of the Joplin Globe City Championship and Ozark Amateur Championship
  • In the 1960s, assisted in teaching golf to hundreds of youngsters over the years in the Joplin Recreation Departments Junior Golf Program
  • Has recorded five holes in one

Marvin PorterJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Twin Hills Club Championship 5 times
  • Set back 9 record of 30 at Loma Linda
  • Posted 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s at Twin Hills
  • Twice shot 8 under par, 64s, from the blue tees at Twin Hills
  • Shot 66 at age 65 in 1982 Twin Hills Invitational
  • Won Carthage Pro-Am Medalist Honors with a 64

Gingy LassJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Won Women’s Tri-State 1973 and 1975, won second in 1976, and third in 1971
  • Won Twin Hills Jenny Classic in 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1979
  • Competed in the LPGA Southgate Open in 1975
  • Quarterfinalist in WMGA Amateur in 1975
  • WMGA Medalist in 1977
  • Tied Twin Hills course record in 1980 with a 71
  • Many-time member of the Horton Smith Cup Team

Art WadkinsJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Professional at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club for 22 years, 1947 to 1969
  • Renowned teacher selected to conduct golf clinics for U.S. Air Force personnel in Europe in 1965. Honored with Art Wadkins Memorial Pro-Am and Wadkins Scholarships at Missouri Southern and University of Missouri

Bill ParkerJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Selected PGA Midwest section’s “Professional of the Year” in 1984
  • Head Professional at Twin Hills Country Club 1969 to 1986
  • Active in Junior Golf and developed clubs for kids programs
  • Helped originate Art Wadkins Memorial Pro-Am which provides golf scholarships at Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri

Horton SmithJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner, First Masters Championship, 1934
  • Winner, Master Championship, 1936
  • Winner of Nine Pro Tournaments, 1928-29
  • President of the Professional Golf Association, 1952
  • Elected to the PGA Hall of Fame, 1956
  • Elected to the Missouri Hall of Fame, 1964
  • Former Pro Oak Hills Country Club (Now Twin Hills)

Clarence “Doc” HoustonJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Secretary-Treasurer of the Joplin Golf Club for 19 years
  • Devised and developed, with the assistance of his wife Dixie, a simplified system of reminder cards that were sent to the Ozark Amateur participants each year to speed up the flow of entries and permit early pairings

Kenneth ChildressJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Winner Joplin City Championship
  • 4 time Club Champion Hatten Farms Webb City
  • Afton 50 Championship, Rolla
  • Winner Trans-Miss Junior-Senior 1965
  • Winner Trans-Miss Senior 1966
  • Winner of Seniors title at Dawn Hill Country Club at Siloam Springs, Hard Scrabble in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and American Mining Congress 1955 Desert Inn Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 5 time Club Champion at Twin Hills
  • Helped organize the Twin Hills invitational
  • 2 time President of the Missouri Golf Association

John InmanJoplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Champion, Missouri Men’s Amateur 1961 at Twin Hills
  • Defeated Walter Cash in finals, 4 and 3
  • Member of U.S. Naval Academy Golf Team
  • Won Twin Hills Club Championship, 1964
  • Winner Joplin Horton Smith Cup Team
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