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Joe Ungvary Sr.

Winning the 1993 United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship was the crowning sports achievement for Joe Ungvary, who 's 7-and-6 victory in the finals over Jerry Nelson at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., still stands as the record for largest margin of victory. At one time he was notching victories as a basketball coach but, golf was Joe's first love! He began playing as a youngster, nurturing his game as a caddy and watching watching good golfers while growing up in the Cleveland suburbs. Although Ungvary earned a basketball scholarship at Bowling Green State as an All-Ohio cager at Orange High School, he gave it up to earn three letters in golf before earning his degree in 1959. He spent the next 13 years coaching basketball, 11 in high school, including five as head coach at Cleveland John Adams, and two as an assistant at The University of Akron. Three of his John Adams teams reached the regional finals and he compiled a highly successful record of 89-23 for a .785 winning percentage. The 1970-72 UA teams were even more successful, going 46-11 to earn two NCAA Tournament berths and finished national runnerup in 1971-72. Meanwhile, Ungvary was becoming one of the state's top amateur golfers. He was a five-time winner of both the Cleveland Metropolitan and the Northeast Ohio Amateur. He was a two-time winner of the Stark County Amateur, was the Ohio Mid-Amateur Champion, Ohio Publinks Champion in 1986 and the 1995 Ohio Hall of Fame Senior Champion. Also one of his most memorable moments was winning a team event in Canton by firing a hole-in-one on the final hole of the tournament.

Inducted 1996 | Golf