Rudolph "Hubby" Habjan, a PGA Hall of Famer and mainstay of Illinois golf, passed away peacefully July 5th at the age of 84.
Habjan dedicated his life to growing the game of golf, spending 42 years at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois where he was named the 1965 PGA Golf Professional of the Year and the 1989 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year. After serving in a variety of leadership roles for the Illinois PGA, Habjan was the Vice President of the PGA of America from 1974-1976 and later was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2005.
In addition to his teaching abilities, Habjan was a gifted golfer and talented club maker. He competed in three major championship, including two PGA Championships and a British Open, and operated a custom golf club business from his small workshop at the Onwentsia Club. His club-making skills gained so much notoriety, Habjan also earned a place in the Professional Club Makers Hall of Fame in 1998.
We wish all the best to his wife, Lynn, children Tim, Bruce, Cindy, and to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.