Notable golfers at Mohawk
Among the notable men’s golf champions at Mohawk during the past 100 years have been:
Bob Farrell (11), Don Bland and Troy Felter (7 each), Robert Kennedy Sr. and Wayne Moore (6 each) and Joe Lucius (5).
Ferrell and Lucius also served as club pros.
In addition, Lucius held the Guinness Book of World Records for most holes-in-one on one hole – which was Mohawk’s No. 15 – for 13 years. He claimed 10 on hole No. 10 as well, and died not knowing if he had a total of 30, 31 or 32 holes-in-one.
Notable women’s 18-hole golf champions include Carol Diringer (9), Freda Whitlow and Isabelle Wade Garcia (8 each), Maude Bloom (6) and Iretha Haefling and Deb Zienau (5 each).
Diringer was a leading amateur golfer in the United States. She won the Toledo District Golf Association Championship five times, Women’s Ohio State Championship twice and was runner-up four additional times. She also was runner-up in the 1947 Western Junior Championship, won the Women’s South Atlantic in 1948 and the Women’s Amateur Division of the 1948 Tam O’Shanter World Championship.
Notable male touring professionals who have played Mohawk include:
Bryon Nelson, who played an exhibition match in 1939. He was paid $200, and he had 52 tour wins including four major championships.
Denny Shute, of Akron, who had 16 tour wins including three major championships.
Dave and Mike Hill played Mohawk quite a few times in the 1970s. Dave was the most accomplished of the brothers with 13 PGA wins, and he and was on three Ryder Cup teams. Dave also frequently led the tour in fines for violations such as swearing and breaking clubs.
Many more lady touring professionals than men have played the course due to their friendship with Mohawk’s most notable amateur member, Carol Diringer.
The most famous was Mildred “Babe” Dedrikson Zaharias. An All-American in basketball, she won two gold and one silver medal in track and field in the 1932 Olympics. By 1935 she began to play golf and her greatest golf year was in 1950 when she won the women’s Grand Slam. She won a total of 82 tournaments.
Other women notables frequently playing at Mohawk were Peggy Kirk Bell, Louise Suggs, Patty Roe, Mary Agnes Wall and Patty Berg.