Class of 1993

Jackson Bradley

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Jackson Bradley was a 57-year member of the PGA. He was an accomplished player on the PGA Tour from the 1940s to the 1960s, qualifying for and playing in 26 U.S. Opens and PGA Championships. He also played in two U.S. Senior Opens; the last one in 1987 at the age of 65. He taught golf for 60 years and was one of the most knowledgeable, accomplished instructors in the United States. He was an innovator in communications skills, being one of the first instructors in the early 1960s to use movie, sequence, and Polaroid cameras; then video cameras in subsequent years. He starred in a live TV show originating in Chicago for three years, from 1950 to 1953.

He was one of the first writers for Golf Digest from 1950 to 1957. He served on the National Tournament Committee of the PGA for seven years, from 1953 to 1962, and also served on the Rules and Teaching Committees. He worked with others on the layout, design, and construction of nine golf courses in the Houston area. He designed and held patents in one of the first metal woods in the early 1960’s.

Birthplace: Tipton, Indiana

Born: October 26, 1921

Died: February 26, 2010

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