HISTORY OF WESTERN STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION 1954-present
Western States Golf Association was founded in 1954 with a small group of golf clubs. The charter member clubs were:
Bay Area Golf Club, San Francisco California
Cosmopolitan Golf Club, Los Angeles California
Los Angeles Postal Golf Club, Los Angeles California
Paramount Golf Club, San Diego California
Vernondale Golf Club, Los Angeles California (subsequently changed to Vernoncrest)
Desert Mashie Golf Club, Phoenix Arizona
Fir State Golf Club, Seattle Washington
Leisure Hour Golf Club, Portland Oregon
WSGA’s Genesis for Recognition of individual performances of duties beyond expectation:
2005 & 2008 Hall of Fame
Alan Bennett, June 2005, member of Cosmopolitan Golf Club
George Colebrook, Jr., June 2005, member of Desert Mashie Golf Club
Henry Marshall, June 2005, member of Golden Gaters
Dock Matthews, June 2008, member of Cosmopolitan Golf Club
Albert Mayfield, June 2008, member of Cosmopolitan Golf Club
James Redwine, June 2008, member of Sacramento Area Black Golf Club
On December 10, 1978, WSGA reached a milestone when the first Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the Broadway Federal Savings and Loan Association in Los Angeles, California.
Recognizing their loyal and dedicated services the Association over the years, the following members were inducted by President Pearl Carey into WSGA’s Hall of Fame:
J. Cullen Fentress, WSGA President Emeritus
Vernon Gaskin, WSGA Honorary Vice President
Captain Morris Henderson, President of Bay Area Golf Club (deceased at the time of induction)
Mary Woodard, (deceased at the time of induction)
James Stratten WSGA’s first General Tournament Chairman
Mae Crowder, WSGA Honorary Vice President
Clifton Walker, WSGA’s first General Handicap Chairman (deceased at the time of induction)
Felbert Cobbs, WSGA’s first Northern California Area Vice President
In complying with tradition as established by the Association, over 20 worthy members of long-standing and meritorious service have been inducted into WSGA’s Hall of Fame.
In complying with tradition as established by the Association, 5 worthy members of long-standing and meritorious service have been inducted into WSGA’s Hall of Honor in 2013.
Advancement in WSGA has extended to many golf clubs located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. WSGA is proud of the role it has played in golf since inception in 1954.
Bill Wright of Fir State Golf Club for becoming the first African-American National Champion when he won the USGA National Public Links title.
The financial assistance extended to Charlie Sifford prior to his joining the PGA Tour, as the Professional Golfers Association lifted its Caucasian-only clause in 1960.
Ashley Smith (deceased) of Bay Area Golf Club, a perennial WSGA champion, also distinguished himself by winning the San Francisco, Hayward, and Oakland City Championships, and the Alameda Commuters Championships.
Alton Duhon of Cosmopolitan Golf Club became the second African-American to win a National Championship when he won the 1982 USGA National Seniors Amateur Championship.