William C. Fownes, Jr.

William C. Fownes, Jr.Inaugural Class: Inducted September 26, 2013

Henry C. Fownes, Jr., the son of Oakmont Country Club’s founder Henry C. Fownes, exceeded his father’s standards with his many golf accomplishments. He won eight West Penn Amateurs, a record that stands today, two West Penn Opens and four Pennsylvania Amateurs. His U.S. Amateur record includes qualifying for match play 21 times and reaching the semi-finals or better four times. He won the 1910 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Fownes’ 1910 season was legendary. He won the West Penn, Pennsylvania and U.S. Amateur Championships. He also played on the first two Walker Cup teams in 1922 and 1924.

Fownes was instrumental in the design and maintenance of Oakmont, including the famed furrowed bunker raking technique, while working with his father. He also helped bring many major championships to Oakmont including the U.S. Amateur in 1919, the 1922 PGA Championship and the 1927 U.S. Open. He served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1924 to 1927, and as the 18th USGA president in 1926-27. Only he, Bill Campbell and Fred Ridley were both US. Amateur champions and USGA presidents. His engineering background served him well as he served for decades on the USGA Implements & Ball Committee.

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