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The votes are in and the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame class of 2015 has been announced.
From the list of 10 finalists, three of them were slected to join the hall this fall. The induction night will be held in October but the date has not yet been selected.
The three new members are, H. Chandler Egan, Leon McNair, and Jim Sobb.
“It’s an overachieving class,” said Tim Cronin, chairman of the selection committee. “Chandler Egan’s amateur playing record was outstanding, and his architectural resume has until now been largely unheralded. Leon McNair has done it all in golf,from construction to running a first-class shop to innovating programs to bring peopleinto the game and keep them there. Jim Sobb’s been the player you didn’t want to play against in IPGA section events for decades.”
H. CHANDLER EGAN was raised in Highland Park and had one of the greatest amateur careers in golf. Egan not only won the U.S. Amateur twice (1904-05), but won the Western Amateur four times (1902-04-05-07), as well as the Intercollegiate Individual title in 1902. Egan had runner up finishes in the Western Amateur in 1903, the 1904 Olympic Games, and the 1909 U.S. Amateur.
After relocation from Chicago to oregon he entered the golf course design business and his work includes a remodeling of Pebble Beach in 1928 along with Robert Hunter. Egan designed 18 courses and won the Pacific Northwest Amateur five-times.
LEON MCNAIR: Is the co-founder of the Illinois PGA Foundation. McNair has worked hard on the charitible side of golf, and been the head professional at Fox Bend Golf Course, a course he built with architect-builder Brent Wadsworth. Today McNair now retired from Fox Bend is a board member of the First-Tee program of Aurora and Fox River Valley. McNair sevred as IPGA Section President in 1991-92. In College he was part of the 1964 NCAA Championship team from Southern Illinois University.
JIM SOBB: A native of Palatine and NCAA Division II All-American at Western Illinois University. Sobb won three Illinois PGA Section Championships (1995-1999-2000). Sobb has won four IPGA Match Play titles (1990-1993-1995-2011). In 2011 Sobb won both the Match Play Championship and the IPGA Senior Match Play Championship, becomes the first and only player to accomplish the feat in the same year. In 2000 Sobb was named the IPGA Player of the Year, and is a five-time winner of that award in the IPGA Senior Division. Sobb has played in 22 Radix Cup Matches, more than any other professional with a record of 13-5-4. Only Joel Hirsch has played in more matches (23), Hirsch on the amateur side. Sobb was award the IPGA Senior Masters Award in 2012.
THE VOTE COUNT: To be inducted, nominee’s needed 12 of the 18 votes possible. Egan had 16, McNair 14 and Sobb 13.
Just missing out was Jerry Rich and Francis Peabody each with 10. Gary Hallberg with 9, Harry Radix 7, Emil Esposito and Phil Kosin had 3 each and William Langford with 2. The selection committee did cast 87 of the 90 possible votes. Members could vote for 5 of the 10 finalists.
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