Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Texas Golf Hall of Fame Missing Some Pieces

San Antonio's Brackenridge Park Golf Course is open again following a multimillion-dollar renovation designed to restore the historic track to its former glory. But the work at Brackenridge doesn't end with the course; renovations and upgrades will continue to restore the historic buildings that house the course's pro shop and clubhouse.

The Brack clubhouse is supposed to be the new home of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, which has been without a home for years. In fact, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Golf Hall of Fame ceased to exist as a business entity in 2001. Since then, its displays and memorabilia have been in storage.

And, unfortunately, some of those items have gone missing. The Star-Telegram reports:

Among the items he cannot locate, said Hall of Fame chairman Joe Black, are two Ben Hogan-related pieces donated by individuals outside the Hogan family. Also missing, according to Black’s inventory list, are antique clubs and golf books autographed by Hall of Fame inductees, including Hogan and Byron Nelson.

Black, 75, is leading a group that seeks to reopen the Hall of Fame in 2009 at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio, the state’s first public course. When the hall ceased operations at its former location in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb, donors were given the choice of having items returned or storing them until the hall reopened.

At issue is what happened to the stored items that are missing and who should attempt to find them. The Woodlands Operating Co., which owned the building where the hall was located, and the Houston Golf Association, which shared office space with the hall, were involved in the early stages of the storage process.

In the interim, however, the HGA has moved to a new location and The Woodlands Operating Co. has undergone multiple ownership changes. Black acknowledged receiving a file cabinet with photos and documents from the HGA.

But he said he expected to receive more memorabilia items, including a vintage sand wedge designed by Hogan, as well as a golf bag Hogan once used. Other missing items from his inventory list, Black said, include trophies, antique clubs and vintage golf books dating to the 1890s. One missing book came from the late Harvey Penick, the renowned Austin instructor whose pupils included Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.

"It would be a great loss if we can’t find all these things that were in the Hall of Fame," Black said. "Because they’re irreplaceable."

Read the full article.

(As an aside, in case anyone is wondering, yes - the Joe Black mentioned in the article is the same guy the Texas Joe Black Cup Matches are named after.)

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