August “Augie” Nordone

August “Augie” Nordone

Golf

Enshrined: 1989

Before becoming a respected golf professional and instructor, Augie Nordone’s first major achievement came at the tender age of 15 when he qualified for his first U.S. Open Golf Championship. It marked the start of a solid career in which Nordone would make many contributions to the sport of golf.

Nordone, the head pro at Lafayette Country Club for 40 years, won three consecutive Central New York Opens in the early 1930s and captured 15 CNYPGA crowns. He also played in 15 U.S. Opens and 25 PGA Championships.

One of Nordone’s lasting legacies is he designed the back nine of the former Lafayette Country Club, which was founded in 1922 on the scenic hills south of Syracuse. The club rose to national prominence in the 1930s under Nordone, who remained with the club until his death at age 68 in April of 1974.

Career highlights:

1920: Qualified for his first Unites States Open Golf Championship at age of 15.

1922: Won Liberty Club Open at age of 17

1929: Won Northeastern PGA title

1931-1933: Won Central New York Open; Won Genesee Valley Open (1933)

1934: Head pro at Tuscarora Country Club

1935-1974: Head pro at Lafayette Country Club

1935-1962: Winter pro at Hollywood Country Club, Florida

Other achievements:

15-time Central New York P.G.A. champion

Won CNYPGA crown 11 years

Won the Daily News Pro Driving Contest

Won more than 250 one-day tournaments

Past President of CNYPGA chapter and member of Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America

 

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