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Encyclopedia > Bob Harlow

Bob Harlow (born October 21, 1899 in Newburyport, Massachusetts; died November 15, 1954) was an important figure in the development of professional golf in the United States. He began his working life as a journalist, before becoming manager of Walter Hagen, then the biggest draw in golf, in 1921. In 1930 he was hired as tournaments manager by the PGA of America and he played a key role in establishing a full time PGA Tour. (The precise date this happened is a matter of interpretation, but money lists are available from 1934 onwards.) October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... Seal of Newburyport, MA Newburyport is a small coastal city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Walter Hagen (born December 21, 1892 in Rochester, New York; died October 6, 1969) was a major figure in golf in the first half of the 20th century. ... Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States and claims to be the largest working sports organization in the world with more than 27,000 members. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ...

Harlow was a born salesman who went from city to city persuading local clubs and businesses to support or create tournaments. He introduced ideas such as a year-round schedule, the tournament volunteer system and the PGA's merchandise show. He kept the show on the road through the Great Depression. He also managed players such as Paul Runyan, Horton Smith and Ed Dudley. In 1936 he was replaced was tournament manager by Fred Corcoran as the PGA felt he had a conflict of interest, acting as agent for certain players while he was running a tour which was expected to treat all its members equally. He went on to found Golf World magazine in 1947. In 1988 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn, starting in 1929 and lasting through most of the 1930s. ... Paul Runyan was born July 12, 1908 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. ... Horton Smith (b. ... Ed Dudley (February 19, 1901 - October 25, 1963) -- Leading tour golfer of the late 1920s and 1930s, Dudley was a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour. ... The World Golf Hall of Fame [1] is located in St. ...

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