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Frank Wharton

During the 1950's, Frank Wharton 's trophy collection grew by leaps and bounds as the golfer from Dallas, Texas, won a number of titles and championships. In 1954 he won the Texas state high school individual title and then entered the University of Houston. Beginning in his sophomore year, the Cougar golf team won three consecutive NCAA golf crowns. Add to this, the Texas PGA title and you can see that the '50's were extremely rewarding for Wharton. His golf prowess then took him to the next logical step, the pro tour. During the '60's, Wharton competed on the tour but found his niche when he served as an assistant golf pro at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, while working under the legendary teacher, Claude Harmon. Wharton quickly learned the area of pro golf he wanted his career to take and in 1967 accepted the head professional's position at Fairlawn Country Club where he has become a fixture. After taking over at Fairlawn, Wharton became very active as a member of the Northern Ohio PGA. He captured the Ohio Open in 1968 and won the 1981 NOPGA Match-Play tournament, an event he went on to win two more times. He was named the Northern Ohio Player of the Year in 1971 and captured the Senior Player of the Year title in 1999. In addition to his teaching duties at Fairlawn, Wharton has been active in various community groups, serving as President of the Dapper Dan Club in 1986.The crowning achievement in his long and distinguished career was being inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame in 2001. In a Beacon Journal interview, Wharton had this to say about his induction. "There are a lot of great players in there and I am proud to be in there with them." At age 67, Wharton has no plans for retiring and would like to continue his teaching as long as the members will have him.

Inducted 2003 | Golf