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New 'The Traditions of Oak Hill Museum' to open
James Condon, President of Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., announced recently the establishment of a golf museum at Oak Hill Country Club to be named "The Traditions of Oak Hill." The Traditions of Oak Hill Golf Museum will be located in the Oak Hill clubhouse and will be dedicated on Fri., May 23, 2008, during the playing of the 69th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill May 22-25.
Oak Hill will be the first golf club in the history of United States to host:
The Ryder Cup
U.S. Open Championship
U.S. Senior Open Championship
Senior PGA Championship
U.S. Amateur Championship
"To commemorate this accomplishment, Oak Hill is proud to announce the establishment of The Traditions of Oak Hill Golf Museum," Condon said. "Oak Hill Country Club will be the first place in the world to have replicas of all six Championship trophies. The Traditions of Oak Hill will also feature an 'Oak Hill Timeline' commemorating important golfing events that have occurred at Oak Hill during its 107-year history."
Condon acknowledged the invaluable assistance Eastman Kodak Company provided to Oak Hill for the establishment of The Traditions of Oak Hill. Kodak contributed its products, services, and expertise for digitizing and archiving photographs, films and historical documents.
"Kodak and Oak Hill Country Club share a rich history in Rochester and the values of quality and tradition," said Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. "Like the Kodak brand, golf is synonymous with both heritage and innovation. Kodak is pleased to provide our support to help make The Traditions of Oak Hill a point of pride for the Rochester area and all those who enjoy the game."
"We believe that the establishment of The Traditions of Oak Hill, coupled with access to many of the valuable assets, photographs and information available in Oak Hill's archives, will be of interest not only to Oak Hill members, but to golfers everywhere," Condon said. Condon also noted that one of Oak Hill's own professionals, Charles F. McKenna, was the winner of the 1948 Senior PGA Championship. "We are very proud to be able to host a Senior PGA Championship on the 60th anniversary of the year that one of Oak Hill's own professionals won that same Championship," Condon said.
2008 is also the 40th anniversary of Lee Trevino's first Major Championship victory in the 1968 U.S. Open at Oak Hill. Additionally, 2008 is the 20th anniversary of Oak Hill member Jeff Sluman's PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Oklahoma.
The winners of the nine Championship Tournaments at Oak Hill are:
1949 United States Amateur Championship -- Charles Coe
1956 United States Open Championship -- Cary Middlecoff
1968 United States Open Championship -- Lee Trevino
1980 PGA Championship -- Jack Nicklaus
1984 U.S. Senior Open Championship -- Miller Barber
1989 United States Open Championship -- Curtis Strange
1995 Ryder Cup -- European Team
1998 United States Amateur Championship -- Hank Kuehne
2003 PGA Championship -- Shaun Micheel
In addition to hosting this year's 69th Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill will also be the site of the 95th PGA Championship to be held in 2013.
There have been numerous other outstanding tournaments and events that have been held at Oak Hill including the 1934 Walter Hagen Centennial Tournament (won by Leo Diegel), two professional Tour tournaments, the 1941 Times Union Open (won by Sam Snead, with Ben Hogan the runner-up), the 1942 Times Union Open (won by Ben Hogan), and the first "Grand Slam of Golf" (participants were Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Andy North and John Mahaffey) which was held in 1979, one year before Jack Nicklaus returned to Oak Hill to win the 1980 PGA Championship.
The competitive course record for Oak Hill's Championship East Course is 64, held jointly by Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange during their winning years.
On behalf of Oak Hill, Condon also expressed appreciation to the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association for the privilege of Oak Hill having the unique distinction of being the first club to host all six of these Major events.
Since Oak Hill is a private club, The Traditions of Oak Hill Golf Museum will not be open to the public. However, during the 69th Senior PGA Championship, ticket holders who have Clubhouse passes will be able to visit The Traditions of Oak Hill during the Championship.