Pebble Beach, Calif.-----San Jose State golf greats Ken Venturi and Jack Bariteau were two of the four inaugural inductees into the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Hall of Fame.
The two Spartans and local golf legends Sandy Tatum and Grant Speath formed the historic first Hall of Fame class for the 160,000-member NCGA.
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Venturi, a San Francisco native, played for the Spartans in the early 1950's and went to win 14 PGA Tour events topped by the 1964 U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Following his playing career, he was CBS Sports' lead commentator for its professional golf coverage from 1967 through 2002.
Bariteau (Class of 1943), a golfer on the 1940 through 1942 teams, was one of Northern California's outstanding amateur golfers for nearly 50 years. His first amateur victory came in 1937 and capped his career with five tournament wins in 1983.
San Jose State alumna Lyn Nelson, a member of the 1980 Spartans' women's golf team and the NCGA's executive director since 2008, welcomed the four distinguished Bay Area gentlemen of the game.
The Spartans were very well represented at the event hosted by the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association. Athletics director Tom Bowen, senior associate athletics directors John Poch and Marie Tuite, assistant athletics director Michael Beaubien, men's golf coach John Kennaday, alums Jerry Hamilton, Gary Plato and Pat Quinn attended the gala festivities.