Despite a bout with polio as a six year old, Gary showed an amazing amount of prowess-winning his first titles as a Pee-Wee golfer in 1956,1958, and 1959. At age 16 Gary captured the Akron Boys championship at Good Park and repeated a year later in 1964. In 1967, and again in '68 and 70', Artz won the Beacon Journal ADGA match play championship. He entered Ohio State and lettered from 1966-69 on the Buckeye golf team - earning All-Big Ten honors as a senior. From 1969-72 he won the Ohio State Men's Amateur Championship (1969), qualified for the U.S. Amateur (1971-72), qualified for the U.S. Open (1969) and captured the Akron District Medal Play Championship (1970 and '72). At the age of 32, Gary Artz became one of the youngest inductees into the Hall of Fame.