Maxwell courses a treasure for all Oklahoma golfers

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By John Klein
The Tulsa World

Jerry Cozby spent 41 years as the pro at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, one of the gems of Perry Maxwell design.“

It is true here and it is true on all Perry Maxwell courses and that is how he used the natural terrain,” Cozby said. “You can always tell a Perry Maxwell course. What you see is what you get.

“Perry Maxwell knew how to take a piece of land, not change it, and turn it into a golf course.”

Maxwell may be best known as the designer of Southern Hills Country Club, which has played host to seven major championships.

But Maxwell’s impact on golf course design worldwide is tied to a career that spread the game to all corners of Oklahoma.

“I think it says a lot about Perry Maxwell that we have done very little to this course in the 80 years since he built it,” Southern Hills general manager Nick Sidorakis said.

Maxwell will be among six people inducted as the first class of the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma Women’s Golf Hall of Fame, with 21 members including University of Tulsa coaching legend Dale McNamara, is being merged into the new Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame.

The six will be inducted at a ceremony Sunday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Other inductees are Mike Holder, winner of eight national titles as Oklahoma State’s men’s golf coach; Gil Morgan, winner of 25 Champions Tour events; Bob Dickson, a legendary golf amateur, professional and administrator; Charlie Coe, one of the top all-time amateur players; and Bill Spiller, a civil rights pioneer in the game.

Read the complete story at the Tulsa World here.

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