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Jim Ahern - Inducted 2019

Jim Ahern was born in Duluth, MN. He was a 1967 graduate of Yankton High School. He attended Oklahoma State and graduated in 1971.

Ahern was one of the surprise stories on the Senior PGA (now Champions) Tour in 1999, his first year on the Tour. Despite playing in only 16 tournaments, he won more than $450,000, including the Canada Senior Open where he defeated Hale Irwin in a playoff. Ahern tied for third in the Kaanapali Classic in 1999. In 2003, he won the Music City Championship on the Champions Tour. He was a member of the PGA Tour from 1973-75, playing in 60 events. Ahern’s best finish was a tie for ninth in the 1973 Quad Cities Open. His biggest check was for $2,400 when he tied for 13th at the 1975 Phoenix Open. H played in the 1971 U.S. Amateur and finished in the top 20. In played in the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach but missed the cut.

Ahern was the state high school champion as a junior in 1966. He was state amateur champion in 1971 and 1972. He was the head teaching pro at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club from 1980-85.

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