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Two Named to Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame
The Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA will honor its 2012 Hall of Fame class on March 3 at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The two new members include J. Wayne Holley of Big Lick Learning Center and Driving Range in Roanoke and the late Carroll T. MacMaster, the former head professional at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md.
Born in Roanoke to Richard and Virginia Holley, Wayne's introduction to golf came at age 12 when his older brother Ray allowed Wayne to caddie for him at Monterey Golf Course. He loved the experience so much that he went on to loop at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Va., where he worked the outside operations throughout high school and later became caddie master. After high school Wayne turned professional and went to work as an assistant under Clyde Johnson at Hidden Valley.
In 1963 Holley began working for head professional Max Elbin at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Md. Of his experience at Burning Tree, Wayne says: "Any success that I have had and have now, I attribute to three things: Max, Max and Max. Max Elbin taught me the importance of maintaining a professional attitude concerning every aspect of my life and to always do my best." That attitude would take him to the head pro position at Roanoke Country Club in Roanoke in 1967, where he would remain for 25 years.
Wayne won several awards during his career, including the Middle Atlantic Section's Professional of the Year in 1993. He also won the Bill Strausbaugh Award in 1981 and the Horton Smith Award (for Education) in 1984. In 1988, the Southern Chapter recognized Holley as its Chapter Professional of the Year. Additionally, he was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame and the Dewars Hall of Fame for Virginia Golf Professionals in 1990. As president of the section (from 1992-93, he was instrumental in the growth of the Section's Handicap Program by supporting, promoting and overseeing the administrative development between the MAPGA and state golf associations in both Maryland and Virginia.
Wayne and his wife Barbara of 49 years reside in Roanoke, where Wayne was able to make his vision of a complete golf learning center a reality. He is now the owner/operator of Big Lick Golf Learning Center and Driving Range, where he offers full-service golf instruction.
Carroll T. MacMaster
MacMaster's rise to prominence in the MAPGA and the PGA of America included serving as president of the MAPGA in 1948-49 and president of the PGA of America Seniors' Association in 1956-57. In his book "The PGA," Herb Graffis credits MacMaster and a number of others, including the late Ralph Beach of Baltimore, for reviving the PGA of America Seniors' Association in the early 1950s. As Carroll's tenure at the head of the seniors' association concluded, the MAPGA recognized him as the section's 1958 Professional of the Year.
Originally from White Plains, N.Y., MacMaster started as a caddie in 1909 at Scarsdale Golf and Country Club in Westchester County and then moved on to caddie at Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., in 1915. When the United States entered World War I, Carroll enlisted in the New York National Guard's Tenth Regiment, which became part of the Fourth Army Corps, 51st Pioneer Infantry.
After the war, Carroll returned to Century Country Club as an assistant professional under Dan Mackie, from 1919-22. At the time, Mackie, one of the 35 charter members of the PGA in 1916, held the distinction of being a master teacher. In 1923, Carroll relocated to the Catoctin Club in Frederick, Md., as both the head pro and greenkeeper. A local golf writer in 1948 credited Carroll with laying out the Catoctin course. Three years later he accepted the head pro position at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, Md., then moved on to Hillendale Country Club in Baltimore in 1932, and finally to Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md. in 1935, where he remained until his death in 1961.
MacMaster first appeared in golf-related newspaper articles in 1923 when he played in the 3rd Annual Maryland Open at Baltimore Country Club - Roland Park, and also in the 2nd Annual Maryland State Professional Championship at the same venue. Between 1924 and 1927 he regularly competed in the Maryland State Professional Golfers' Association events, the PGA Championship qualifiers and the Middle Atlantic Opens. Successful qualification for national events came in 1932 when MacMaster made the field for both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. He also qualified for the U.S. Open a second time in 1937. Carroll won the MAPGA Senior title in 1951 and the Section Teacher's Trophy title in 1953.
Merrell Whittlesey and Jim Wild, prominent local golf scribes, praised Carroll for his MacMaster's leadership of the section for many years after golf resumed following World War II. He managed to bring the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. area constituency groups into a more workable and cohesive body.
The above report is courtesy of the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America. For more information, visit www.mapga.com.