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Phil Donohue - Inducted 1999

Sioux City (Trinity High School 1936). Notre Dame 1940. Born July 11, 1918. Donohue has been one of the state's finest golfers since his first tourney in South Dakota, in 1949, when he won the state match-play at age 30. He was also state champ in 1960 and '61 and was runner-up in '51 and '52. From 1949-61 was medalist six times and finalist five times, winning three times. From 1968-86 he was first or second in the state seniors tourney nine times. Was a finalist in the Norfolk (Neb.) Amateur in 1934 at age 16. Shot 5-under-par to set Notre Dame course record, one of six course records he set in five states. In 1940 was an All-American at Notre Dame. In 1943, at the Texas Open he had the second-best amateur score and beat all the pros in the long drive contest. Qualified for the National Amateur five times and for the National Seniors once. Won gold medal in 75-over division at the national Senior Games in 1995. An original inductee to the South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame in 1977, Donohue helped organize the SDGA during the mid-1960s. Represented South Dakota on the USGA from 1954-84. Was all-state in football in high school.

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

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