The West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame enshrined its first members in 2009 with William C. Campbell and Sam Snead. Since then, one new member has been added each year, and we will continue to recognized those who have made such a profound impact on the game of golf in the Mountain State.
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Berridge Long Copen – Born in Huntington, W. Va. in 1936, Berridge completed in numerous West Virginia Women’s Amateur Championship tournaments and won 7 times with 5 consecutive wins in1952-1956 and single wins in 1958 and 1961, all before the age of 24.
At the early age of 7, Berridge was introduced to golf by her parents. With their encouragement and her enthusiasm, by age 12 Berridge had a 14 handicap and won the fourth flight in the W. Va. Women’s Amateur Championship at The Greenbrier.
Three years later Berridge’s game had improved dramatically and at age 15 she won the first of her 7 Women’s Championships. Her record of 5 straight championships from 1952 through 1956 matched the mark set by Fritzi Stifel Quarrier some years earlier.
Previously at age 14, Berridge had won the first of several Women’s Championships at her home course, Guyan Golf & Country Club. She also set the women’s course record of 67 at Guyan while playing with fellow Hall of Fame Inductee and Guyan member William C. Campbell.
Berridge also competed at the USGA and national level. Twice she advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Western Amateur. Berridge also played in the finals of the Women’s Western Junior Championship two consecutive years. At age 16 she was the co-medalist and reached the quarterfinal matches in the U S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Berridge played in the 1958 quarter-final matches of the U. S. Women’s Amateur Championship, an event in which she competed a total of 5 times. That same year she was the fifth low amateur in the U. S. Women’s Open and the second low amateur in the Women’s Western Open.
While in college, Berridge played twice in the Women’s Intercollegiate. She lost in the 1955 finals. Berridge was one of only two women receiving a W. Va. Centennial Sports Great Award in 1963. Subsequently, she was inducted into the W. Va. Sports Hall of Fame, the third woman to be so honored.
Throughout her competitive golfing career, Berridge competed in many prestigious amateur tournaments and invitationals across the country, from Brookline, MA to Sacramento, CA. She competed or played with some of the notable women amateur golfers of her era—e.g., Anne Quast, Barbara McIntire, Judy Bell (later first female president of the USGA), Joanne Gunderson Carner, Alice Dye (wife of golf course architect Pete Dye) and Mickey Wright (probably the greatest female player of all time).
Since her retirement from competitive golf, Berridge has continued to play recreational golf on a weekly basis and has been a dedicated supporter of women’s golf at the intercollegiate level.
Slugger White – Slugger White, has been one of the most influential Rules of Golf leaders in the world. As Vice-President of Rules and Competitions for The PGA TOUR, Slugger has been an integral part in the development as well as delivery of the Rules of Golf for over 30 years. In 1982, White became a Tournament Official for The PGA TOUR and then in 1999 was promoted to Tournament Director. In 2007, he was promoted once again to his current position of Vice President of Rules and Competitions.
Aside from Slugger’s administrative career, he also spent eleven years as a playing member of The PGA TOUR. During his playing years, White had many wins on the Florida Winter Tour and multiple victories as a New Jersey Section Assistant Professional. In 1975 he was the Metropolitan Open Champion, the 1977 Waterloo Open Champion, fourth place finisher in the Texas Open in 1980. Prior to his professional career, Slugger was a member of the Ohio University Bobcat Golf Team where he contributed to multiple team victories. White was on the team that claimed victory in the inaugural Marshall Invitational in 1968 and again in 1969 where he also earned medalist honors with a 54-hole stroke total of 217.
White was born in Beckley, West Virginia and currently resides in Ormond Beach, Florida. Regardless of the golf course or country Slugger may be working in, he never forgets his home of West Virginia. On a regular basis White can be heard talking about his native state, speaking of the wonderful people, scenic beauty, and his pride as a West Virginian.
Brad Westfall – Born in Buckhannon, WV in 1964, Westfall was a five-time West Virginia Open Champion (1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003) which is the third most behind Sam Snead and David Bradshaw. He was the owner of Tygart Lake Golf Course in Grafton, WV where he resided during the latter part of his life with his wife Jody and two daughters, Jenna Beth and Sydney.
Westfall began playing golf regularly in high school where he was the WV High School Individual Champion in 1981 and 1982, his team was the WV High School Team Champion in 1980-1982 and he was named to the All State High School Golf in 1980-1982.
He became a Professional Golfer and was a member of the PGA of America and the Tri-State PGA. He competed on the NGA Hooters Tour and Nationwide Tour and in 2004 was the Tri-State Frank Fuhrer Champion at Oakmont Country Club. Brad competed in the West Virginia Open since 1990 and aside from his five winnings, placed in the top 10 seven times, placed in the top 5 three times and was runner-up twice (1993, 2001).
Brad Westfall was honored by the PGA Presidential Council in 2006 by being awarded the Growing the Game Initiative. He passed away on March 12, 2016 at the age of 52.
Members (listed alphabetically):
Stuart Bloch (2014)
William C. Campbell (2009)
Sally Carrol (2015)
Patrick D. Carter (2013)
Berridge Long Copen (2016)
Steve Fox (2015)
Larry Martin (2015)
Harold Payne (2011)
Julius Pollock (2013)
Fritzi Stifel Quarrier (2014)
Sam Snead (2009)
Denny Shute (2012)
Ed Tutwiler, Jr. (2010)
Brad Westfall (2016)
Slugger White (2016)