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Ev Comstock - Inducted 1979

Born in Kansas in 1909. Known as "Mr. Golf" in South Dakota, he was the first South Dakotan in the PGA Half Century Club, for those who have been pros for 50 years or longer. First encounter with golf came as a 10-year-old caddie in 1922 after his family moved to a farm right beside Aberdeen Country Club. Later he became a caddie and then an assistant pro at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls before becoming a pro at Aberdeen in 1928. He was the pro at Huron, Yankton and Scottsbluff, Neb., before becoming the pro at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls in 1947, a position he held for 28 years, until he retired in 1975. At Elmwood, he was the first to introduce pull carts to area golfers. Won his age division (60-64) at the National PGA senior championships in 1973. Shot 9-under 64 for a course record at the old Elmwood course. All seven of Ev and Eileen Comstock's children took up golf and the Elmwood operation became a family affair. Both of the Comstock daughters (Jeanne and Carol) won state amateur titles as did sons Byron, Terry and David. All five sons were golf pros.

Second photo is (from left) Al Cooke, Byron Comstock, Terry Comstock, Ev Comstock and Kevin Comstock.

Bottom photo is (from left) SD golf legends John Rachetto, Phil Donohue, Marlene Hagge, Ev Comstock and Ralph Porter.

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