PGA of America History - 1940-1949

  • 1940:
    • The Benevolent and Relief Fund pays $4,662 to members unable to work.
    • The Unemployment Fund pays $1,085 to members unable to find jobs.
    • PGA Sections conduct a successful public relations campaign to stop large corporations from buying golf equipment and re-selling it to their employees at cost.
  • 1941:
    • The PGA of America celebrates its 25th anniversary with 2,041 members, and also establishes the Golf Hall of Fame. First inductees are Willie Anderson, Tommy Armour, Jim Barnes, Chick Evans, Walter Hagen, Bob Jones, John McDermott, Francis Ouimet, Gene Sarazen, Alex Smith, Jerry Travers and Walter Travis.
  • 1942:
    • The PGA buys two ambulances for the Red Cross and distributes clubs and balls at military bases.
    • The Association raises more than $25,000 for USO, Red Cross, Navy and Army Relief.
    • The PGA Championship consists of 32 players, the majority of whom are servicemen on leave.
  • 1943:
    • The PGA Championship is cancelled due to World War II.
    • Bob Hope and Bing Crosby play six weeks of exhibition matches with pros and amateurs to help sell war bonds.
    • Thomas W. Crane joins Association as executive secretary.
  • 1944:
    • Publication offices of The Professional Golfer magazine are moved to Chicago.
    • P.C. Pulver, editor of The Professional Golfer magazine for 25 years, passes away after long illness.
    • The PGA signs a lease with the city of Dunedin, Fla. to turn the city course into the PGA National Golf Club.
    • Golf bag tag introduced at PGA annual meeting.
  • 1945:
    • The PGA starts rebuilding after the war with 1,565 members.
    • The PGA Seniors Championship moves to Dunedin, Fla.
  • 1946:
    • Membership in The PGA of America reaches 2,236.
    • Golf Writers Association of America is organized at Portland (Ore.) Golf Club during PGA Championship.
    • Tournament players reach agreement with The PGA to operate in complete autonomy.
  • 1947:
    • The Ryder Cup Matches resume at the Portland (Ore.) Golf Club when Robert Hudson, an Oregon fruit packer, finances the British team's expense.
    • The PGA Championship at Plum Hollow Country Club in Detroit attracts 53,000 people, a new attendance record.
  • 1948:
    • Jim Ferrier, a native Australian, becomes the fourth internationally born PGA Champion.
  • 1949:
    • George S. May Company, a business-management engineering company, conducts a survey of PGA operations.
    • USGA asks the Tournament Bureau to do something about slow play.
    • Quarter Century Club formed for members with 25 years or more in professional golf.