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Karl H. Schmidt

Golf was the game for Karl Schmidt. It was where he competed as an outstanding amateur player and worked as a volunteer organized of Akron professional tournaments. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur three times and seven time for the United States Golf Association Senior Amateur where he was a semi-finalist in competitor in 1976. He was a finalist in the Ohio Amateur twice and was low amateur in the Ohio Open. Locally, Schmidt captured the Fairlawn Country Club championship 12 times, at least once in each of five decades. He also captured the Sharon Golf Club championship twice and won the Lujan’s Championship of Champions in 1967. He won the Akron District Golf Association medal championship twice and was a finalist in Akron district match play three times. A life insurance and estate planning executive, Schmidt was a 1941 graduate of Ohio University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five and one-half years. He was one of the Akron area’s pioneer volunteers in organizing professional golf tournaments, including the Rubber City Open. He was tournament chairman of the 1962 American Golf Class at Firestone Country Club, an annual stop on the PGA Tour before the NEC World Series of Golf. He also served as president of the Akron District Golf Association. Mr. Schmidt died July 6, 1994 at the age of 76.

Inducted 1995 | Golf