Nelson WhitneyGolf, 1905-20

Inducted: 1981

  • Established himself as a golf pioneer in the early 1900s.
  • The only player to win the Southern Amateur Championships (which was a match play event from 1902-63) five times.
  • He took the title in 1907 (Atlanta), 1908 (Memphis), 1913 (Montgomery), 1914 (Memphis) and 1919 in New Orleans.
  • Also was the runner-up three times in the Southern Championships.
  • His greatest individual feat was likely defeating the legendary Bobby Jones head-to-head in the semifinals of the 1907 Southern Championships. 
  • In his only US Open appearance, he tied for 40th place in the event at Columbia Country Club in Maryland.
  • Inducted into the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1974.