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Olive Artz

In 1926, at the age of nine, Olive Hinkle started to play golf under the tutelage of her father, Robert Hinkle. Six years later, Ollie, as her many friends call her, won her first championship, the (first of five) Akron District Public Links Tourney. This past summer, Ollie, 76 years young, captured her fifth Akron District Women's Seniors title. In between that 61-year span, Ollie won close to 90 championships. For many years she held a monopoly on club honors at Firestone, Maplecrest and Breathnach. At one point, Ollie held the course records at all three courses with rounds of 70. Included among her championships are back-to-back wins of the Ohio State Women's Seniors Championships in 1973 and '74. Although she thought, "winning all those championships was really nice," the even that remains most memorable in her mind was her loss to one of her best friends, Betty Kirby, in the championship match of the 1958 Ohio Women's Championship Tournament. To this day, Ollie is very humble, attributing her success to luck and the strong support of friends and her husband, Harold Artz, now deceased. Ollie becomes only the second woman golfer to be inducted, preceded by her friend and adversary, Betty Kirby Peppard in 1970. Ollie's son, Gary, was a 1979 inductee and he and she become the first mother-son combination in the SCSHOF.

Inducted 1993 | Golf