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Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Gets Quartet of New Inductees
There will be four new members of the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. The 2012 class includes former University of Iowa golfers Gene Elliott and Dave Rummels, who both became touring pros, Ken Schall and Ted Lockie. The scheduling for the induction ceremony this spring will be announced at a later date.
Elliott was a letter-winner at Iowa from 1981-84, and he won the 1983 Drake Relays Invitational Golf Tournament. He turned pro in 1985 and won the Iowa and Missouri Opens. In 1989, Elliott earned his European Tour card.
After returning to Iowa and the family business, he was reinstated as an amateur in 1995 and went on to victories in the Iowa Open and Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla. He won the Porter Cup in 1998 and was medalist at the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in 1999.
Elliott has played in 20 USGA Championships, including seven U.S. Amateurs and 10 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He has advanced to Sectional Qualifying for the U. S. Open 14 times, and was named IGA Player of the Year in 2002 and 2011. Elliott has also served as a volunteer on the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee for seven years (1999-2006) and as an IGA board member since 2004.
Rummels lettered at Iowa from 1977-78 and 1980-81, winning the Iowa Invitational in 1981. After college, he became a full-time member of the PGA Tour and enjoyed a successful career between 1986 and '98. Rummels made 192 cuts in 337 career starts and recorded 23 top-10 finishes.
He finished second at the Buick Invitational of California, sixth at the 1988 PGA Championship, tied for fifth at the 1989 PGA Championship, and tied for 31st at the 1989 Masters en route to finishing his career with over $1.9 million in earnings.
Rummels' career was derailed by a herniated disc in his back. "After the herniated disc, it took me five years to get back to where I was competitive again," Rummells told reporter Ryan Suchomel of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. "I didn't really have what it took to play full-time anymore."
Ken Schall of West Des Moines played on the PGA Tour in 1991, where his best finish was 11th in the Chattanooga Open. Before turning pro, he won the 1981 Iowa Amateur. He received his PGA Class A Membership in 1987 and has won the Iowa PGA Section Player of the Year award a record seven times. He has also competed in seven PGA Championships and two U.S. Opens.
After departing the tour and returning home, Schall held the head professional job at Sunnyside Country Club (1998-2004) and Glen Oaks (2005 to present). While in those positions he won four Iowa Section Championships, four Section Match Play Championships, two Iowa Opens, two Herman Sani Invitational titles and the 1998 PGA Northern Regional Championship. He served as President of the Iowa Section PGA from 2005 until 2007 and was named PGA Professional of the Year in 2007. Schall has also played a vital role in leading the Iowa PGA to develop and activate the GIVE Foundation (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere).
Lockie was elected under the "historical category." The former Iowa farmer who was born in Riceville, Iowa in 1905, gained fame as a golf course architect, professional and golf equipment inventor.
Lockie's golf career began in the late 1940s when he built the first driving range in the Quad Cities with famed instructor Jack Fleck. He went on to build and/or renovate nearly 50 golf courses throughout the Midwest; among his original designs are Golfmohr Golf Club in East Moline, Ill., and Highland Park Golf Course 20 miles north of Chicago.
Lockie, who died in 1998, created several inventions that eased the work at driving ranges. One of his most notable creations was the "Lockie Rubber Tired Range Picker," which revolutionized the way range balls were gathered. It's now known as the "Wittek Picker," named after the Chicago company that distributes golf equipment. He also worked with Gary Adams and TaylorMade on their early metal wood designs. Some people credit Lockie with creating the technique known as "splining" for golf club shafts so that the performance of a shaft could be optimized.
He was nominated by Robert Wittek, Sr. of the Wittek Golf Supply Company, who said: "[Lockie] touched most every aspect of golf, from manufacturing golf equipment to building golf courses. Not to mention, he was one heck of a player. His love of and commitment to golf allowed him to be a major contributor to the well-being of the game."
For more information, visit http://www.iowagolf.org/HTML/News/2012News/2012_HallofFamePressRelease.html.
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