1999 Inductee Biographies

Alice Bauer USGA smALICE BAUER – Along with sister Marlene, moved to Long Beach at an early age and became one of the elite golfers of her time. Before leaving her native South Dakota, she won the state’s Womens’ Amateur Championship at age 14, and was named the state’s Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year.

Alice won the Long Beach City Women’s Championship two times (1943 and 1949) as well as several other amateur events including the WSCGA Championship at Riviera. She turned professional in 1950 and along with her sister Marlene and 11 others, founded the LPGA. She never won on the LPGA Tour, coming closest when she lost a play off for the 1955 Heart of America Tournament, which was one of her 6 career runner-up finishes on Tour.  Photo credit: USGA Museum

 

John_Clock_thumbJOHN CLOCK – John Clock was a member of the Virginia CC who through his volunteer activities served as President of the Virginia CC, the Southern California Golf Association (1946), the California Golf Association (1947) and the United States Golf Association (1960-61). John was one of only four Californians to serve as President of the USGA in its 120 year history.

 

 

 

Pinky_Stevenson_thumbHARLAN “PINKY” STEVENSON – Pinky grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Wilson HS in 1958.  He played college golf at Long Beach City, University of Texas at Houston and Long Beach State. His greatest golfing achievement was winning the 1956 US Junior Amateur Championship at the Taconic CC, in Williams, Massachusetts.  Among the competitors in the Junior that year was Jack Nicklaus who lost in the semi-finals, which meant the US Junior was the one USGA Championship for which Jack was eligible that he did not win. Pinky won the 1960 SoCal Publinks Championship before a stint in the US Army, and after his enlistment, he returned to Long Beach and turned pro, winning the California State Open and being named the Press Telegram’s Golfer of the Year in 1966.

When his daughter was born, he chose family life over competitive golf and from 1969-1976 Pinky settled down as the Head Golf Professional at the Virginia CC. While a club pro, he won numerous SoCal PGA Section golf tournaments and he qualified to play in the US Open Championship. Pinky retired to Coeur d’Alene in 1981 to spend time with family and his horses, and spent a brief time as the Head Golf Professional at San Luis Rey Downs CC, before finally retiring again to Las Vegas, where he passed away in January of 2007 at the age of 67, after battling cancer.