Carl Kauffmann (1899-1951), nicknamed “The Schenley Sphinx,” first qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 1923 and won three straight titles from 1927-29, and was medalist in 1929.
This accomplishment in USGA championships has only been matched by Willie Anderson and Tiger Woods. Anderson won the U.S. Open from 1903-05 while Woods won the U.S. Junior Amateur from 1991-93 and the U.S. Amateur from 1994-96.
He qualified for match play in the U.S. APL eleven times from 1923-40 and was runner-up in 1926. As a three-time champion, he was disqualified in 1930 for signing an incorrect scorecard after the first round.
Locally, he won the 1925 West Penn Amateur at Pittsburgh Field Club after he received a special invitation as a public golfer, and ten Pittsburgh City Amateur titles.
He is part of an exclusive group of area golfers with three or more USGA Championships, joining Dorothy Campbell Hurd, Arnold Palmer, Nathan Smith and Carol Semple Thompson. He learned the game while caddying at Pittsburgh Golf Club.