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SCGA Inducts John Cook, Roger Kelly And Paul Runyan Into Hall Of Fame

Slammin' Sammy stroked it 260 yards down the center of the fairway. Kelly stumbled up and after a few attempts, managed to tee up his ball. He then stroked a monstrous drive 270 yards dead center, looked at Snead and said: "You're away." Kelly and Snead would go on to win the tournament. Vernon shared the story with the crowd Tuesday, and despite not being there, Kelly was able to win over the crowd.

"I'll tell you, Roger Kelly sounds like someone I would have enjoyed spending time with," said Cook after hearing the narrative.

Accepting the award for her father was Gina Kosmo, who spoke on behalf of her siblings Tom and Kim who were also in attendance.

"We miss our dad so much, but golf is always such a loving reminder of his life and legacy," said Kosmo. "He embodied a total love and respect for the game, and he would have been so honored to be recognized by the SCGA like this."

Nicknamed "Little Poison" due to his slender 5'7" 125-pound frame, and because he often bested those who out drove him with his superb putting and chipping, Paul Runyan was the third inductee in the Hall of Fame class. After a dominant career on the PGA TOUR, which included 28 wins, Runyan went on to be one of the most influential instructors in the game's history. He taught at Southland staples Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena as well as La Jolla Country Club in San Diego.

"Much of what we do in teaching golf is plagiarizing," said Mulligan. "But Paul didn't plagiarize, he blazed trails. When I think of the short game, and especially teaching the short game, I think of Paul Runyan."

Former PGA President Pat Reilly inducted Runyan, and spoke of his integrity and sportsmanship in addition to his golf accolades.

"Paul believed it was nice to be important, but far more important to be nice," said Reilly. "A quote that embodies vintage Paul Runyan has to be 'it's not what you can do for me, but what I can do for you.'"

Accepting the honor on his father's behalf was Jeff Runyan.

All three inductees were honored with sepia-toned pieces painted by Scott Medlock, one of America's foremost artists who has been commissioned as the official artist of the SCGA Hall of Fame since its inception in 2007. With each piece, Medlock captures the emotion and significance of each inductee's contributions to the game of golf in Southern California.

SOURCE Southern California Golf Association

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