CEO's Report

The Big "Mo"

Frank Talarico

Sunday, like most of America, I was debating the teams selected to play in the NCAA Tournament.  Arguing with my four sons is always fun, especially since they are ages 9, 10, 12, and 12 but they act and think like they’re all in their fifties.  No matter how much they pretend, one thing they can’t fake is a lived life.  Experience teaches us lessons books cannot and my sons will each lose a dollar to their dad this year because they failed to show respect to this immutable fact. 

Outside the wins and losses of each of the teams competing in March Madness, there are intangibles which the more experienced wager considers.  Chemistry, coaching, and, especially, momentum always get my attention. The “Big Mo,” momentum, always plays a part in handicapping the tournament. Who has been building on successive and recent wins, who is getting hot at the right time, matters. 

Momentum plays a part in how we live our lives matters, too.  Setting up the small wins personally and professionally, so that the bigger victories come more frequently and more impactfully, is often an overlooked tool for our success.  So how do we create our own form of momentum?  How can we best start a successive trend of achievements so that our ultimate purpose and vision becomes a reality?  Here are a few ideas for you to consider putting into play, today.

1. Find a mentor who is two steps ahead of you.

Everyone needs a mentor. It doesn’t matter how big you get; you will always need a mentor to keep you on the right path. Less is more.

You only need one mentor at a time, so long as that person is at least two steps ahead of you.

2. Forget about normal.

Forget about what everyone else has done to become successful, because chances are it may not work for you. You are unique, and the situations, obstacles and opportunities you face are, too.  Discover what you have that no one else has, and then use this to create your own version of “normal.”

3. Forget about your purpose.

It’s not that having a purpose or vision is a problem. However, that vision of yours is often well in the future and you’re nowhere near achieving it right now. It can scare you and keep you stranded where you are and inaction will result in complete failure.

So, forget about your purpose, and instead focus on what you need to do over the next 30 and 90 days. Build momentum and keep it going, and trust your purpose and vision is out there. It’s about the journey, remember—not the destination.

3. Double down on what works and don’t be afraid to fail.

You cannot fear failure, and you cannot let it hold you back from experimenting and trying something new.

Try everything at least two to three times. Just because it may not work the first time doesn’t mean it can’t work at all. You need to iterate and innovate and accept that not all of your ideas will work the way you want them to. But, persistence does pays off, so long as you’re willing to experiment your way to success.

4. Spend four hours each day on these four key investments.

There are four investments that that have always improved my life:

Success (in business and life) rarely comes down to marketing, sales and operations. They play a part, sure, but you build the real foundations by focusing on your health, knowledge, audience and character.

No matter where you are right now on your journey, you get to choose what happens next. It’s never too early or too late, so take charge of your business (and life) today before it takes charge of you.

There are many role models around us, each of whom have likely deliberately or subconsciously mastered these five points.  Many of these role models will be honored, March 20, 2022, during the Special Awards Ceremony at Inglewood Golf Club.  I invite you to join me, now maskless if you should choose, in celebrating these outstanding examples of success across our Section.

A reminder that the PNWPGA will again be hosting some of the country’s best destination pro-ams this year.  My personal thanks to the members who are currently in Las Vegas, making the 2022 Holcomb-in-One Las Vegas Pro-Am an amazing success.  I am proud to report that we have added the Mexican Fiesta Pro-Am back to our schedule.  Entries are now available, and space is going quickly so get your entry in now.  Back by popular demand, the Arizona Sun Pro-Am returns to We-Ko-Pa Resort in December.  Please look for entries to be released in April. 

The PNWPGA runs one of the nation’s largest tournament programs.  The first of our Section majors this year is the Northwest Open Invitational. This is our oldest Section Championship, and, for the first time, it will be contested at The Home Course, the “home of golf.”  Our tournament program is the extraordinary member program it is in large part due to the generosity of our Section Partners.  My special thanks this month to 2022 Pro-Assistant sponsors: Jared Bouchey/Farmers Insurance, Sally Schmitz with Bushnell Golf, Bryan Dickson with Sterling Cut Glass, Matt Pollitt with PTE Golf, and Darrell Livingston with GT Golf Supplies.  Additionally, my sincere appreciation to Jason Ford and Antigua.  Antigua is the Official 2022 Tournament Apparel sponsor and is providing additional support in celebration of our Section Centennial celebration.

As always, if I or our phenomenal Section Staff be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.

Frank Talarico, CEO

District 14 Director's Report

Doug Doxsie, PGA

Recruiting, retention, compensation, and work-life balance are the hot topics at every PGA meeting I have attended over the last year, and they should be. The National Committees, Board of Directors and staff are hyper-focused on the essential asset that makes our association strong, the PGA Members and Associates. We simply must strengthen the employment opportunities and find talent to lead our industry for the next decades.

As you know, with the resurgence of golf during this pandemic, facilities are struggling to find talent to run their businesses. Projections show that in the next 5-10 years, nearly half of our PGA Members will “age out” of the workforce to retirement. In 2004, we saw a high mark of over 9,000 Associates in the PGA, contrast that with approximately 4,800 today, a decrease of 47% of PGA Members “in training”. We could debate for hours the many factors that have caused this, but the simple truth is we will need to replace those leaving our industry over the next decade.

On the positive side, studies are showing compensation is rising significantly because of the short supply of workforce. Work-life balance is improving to make a career in our industry more attractive. Retention numbers seem to be improving indicating that those entering the PGA as a career are completing their education, work experience, and attaining membership.

In my opinion, recruitment is at the core of the solution. The Association has implemented many changes to ease the barriers to entering our profession while finding the delicate balance of maintaining standards. You have probably heard that the PGA of America has added four regional recruitment staff positions. More ideas are being vetted to foster recruiting and retention at all of our meetings but we have a long way to go.

I feel strongly that our best recruiters should be our PGA Members and Associates themselves. I would suggest that we have been our own worst recruiters by focusing on the negatives that every job has to some degree.  Have you fallen into the trap as I have of providing commentary on the challenges our profession has as a career, rather than the unique positives of why we love this profession?  I know my conscious narrative has changed when I talk to golfers about a career in our industry. My narrative is now why I love my chosen career. For instance:

These are my narratives, what are yours? If we want to attract the next generation of PGA Members, it is up to us to do it. Talk about why you chose this profession and what you enjoy about it. I think we will be surprised over time how much impact that could have.

Doug Doxsie, PGA
Seattle Golf Club
PGA District 14 Director

PGA Jr. League

Branden Thompson, PGA - Regional League Manager

Registration is rolling and we are forming leagues.  You can still get involved though, just do it quickly. 

Coach Registration

(Formerly Captain Registration, yes we’ve changed the terminology going forward!)

Visit the new PGA Jr. League website to get registered for 2022.  There will be a "carousel" on your dashboard that walks you through all the new processes. Please take a moment to go through it as it gives you a brief overview of some of the new terminology and will point you in the right direction to get your programs registered.


PGA Jr. League Resources and Tech Support

The site below has a ton of great information and has been overhauled to be easier to navigate for Coaches and Consumers.  There are step-by-step instructions and videos to help you with almost any technology-relatedt task regarding PGA Jr. League. Visit this site and bookmark it for quick reference:

#Gamechanger Club

Take advantage of the new annual membership model for PGA Jr. League.  This is a great video that shows the impact it can have on your programs. 



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Branden Thompson, PGA

Candidate for Secretary: John Grothe

Hello my fellow PGA Professional. Thank you for reviewing my bio and qualifications.  My name is John Grothe, and I was born and raised in Carmel, California. Although my high school played matches at Pebble Beach Golf Links, I did not begin to golf until after I graduated. I was able to catch up on that missed opportunity when I played my first round of golf at age of 18 at Pebble Beach (I shot 114 with 17 lost golf balls). After graduating from the University of California, Davis (’94 Political Science) I entered the PGA program in 1998 while at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

My career quickly brought me back to Pebble Beach Golf Links where I was an Assistant Professional at the fabled golf links for 5 years. While at Pebble Beach, I was elected to PGA membership in 2001. I returned to Oregon for good when Bandon Dunes was searching for a Head Professional in 2002. A few years later I was promoted to the Director of Golf a position I held until 2009. I have also worked for the Oregon Golf Association at the OGA Golf Course as the Head Professional, a position I held for 5 years. Currently I serve as the Head PGA Professional for Willamette Valley Country Club south of Portland, Oregon.

As your Section Secretary I will draw upon has an extensive work history of high-end resort, public and private facilities. Throughout my 20 years as a PGA member, I have been passionately supporting the efforts of the PGA as well as supporting and mentoring my fellow PGA Professionals.  For these efforts I have been awarded 4 Pacific Northwest PGA Section awards as well as 6 Oregon PGA Chapter Awards including Golf Professional of the Year (’20), Merchandiser of the Year (’04), Junior Golf Leader (’06), and Player Development (’15). I currently am honored to serve as the President for the Oregon PGA Chapter Board of Directors as well as on the OPGA Mentoring Committee.

I am passionate about giving back to my community.  I enjoy serving on the Ambassador Board for the Children’ Cancer Association and I support the Evans Scholar Foundation which provides college scholarships to caddies. I am surrounded by a great family including my fiancée Kayla, as well as Lauren (18) and Colton (17). We are very active in the West Linn community where we reside.

My “why” for raising my hand to serve as Section Secretary has many answers.  First, I am passionate about improving the lives of each individual PGA member.  I feel the need to support our members through opportunities for advancement, compensation, mentorship, education, or work life balance.  Second, I am proud to be a PGA Member.  My efforts have been focused to continue to “polish the shine” of our Association. Third, I feel it is my responsibility to give back to the game as well as the numerous PGA Professionals who have helped me in my career.  And finally, selfishly, I truly enjoy being involved in my community.  After having joined the Oregon PGA Chapter Board of Directors in 2015 it has been a personal honor to have a seat at the table these past 7 years and can’t imagine not continuing.

Over my past 20 years I have seen our Association improve greatly and will work tirelessly to continue our advancement especially for the individual PGA Member.

Thank you again for your time. If there is ever any question or service I can be please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Grothe, PGA | Head Professional
Oregon PGA Chapter President
Willamette Valley Country Club 
900 Country Club Place • Canby, Oregon 97013
Golf Shop: 503-266-2102 • Direct: 503-266-0140      

Candidate for Secretary: Chas Holmes

Hello fellow PGA Professionals. My name is Chas Holmes and I am delighted and honored to be running for Section Secretary in 2022 in hopes of serving you for the next 8 years of another 100 years of success. I certainly look forward to the campaigning and I would like to wish my running mate John Grothe the best of luck as we make this journey together. I know we will both learn a great deal from each other and that our Section will be in good hands regardless of the outcome. I hope you will take a few minutes of your time to learn more about us in the coming months.

Let me start by telling you a bit about myself in hopes of sparking a future conversation with many of you when we cross paths. I grew up in Normandy Park, WA located a few miles west of the SeaTac airport. My grandfather started me in golf at a par 3 course in Federal Way called Belmore Park where I made my first par at 4 years old… Driver, 3 iron, putter. I played most of my golf at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club growing up. I am a proud graduate of O’Dea High School and Seattle University. Fast-forward a bit… I now serve as the Head Golf Professional at Yakima Country Club in Yakima, WA and was previously the Head Golf Professional at Tam o’Shanter Golf and Country Club in Bellevue, WA.

I am a blessed father of two, husband of one, friend of many, enemy to none, mentor to some, listener to all, and servant to you. My life is full yet balanced and I’m humbled everyday with the opportunities I’ve been given. I’m driven by helping those around me and making others better and am passionate about governance and professional development within the Pacific Northwest Section PGA. Recently, I was one of ten PGA Professionals chosen for the PGA LEAD program that was established to identify and develop future leaders within the PGA. I have served on the board of the Western WA Chapter as the Professional Development Committee Chair and on numerous committees within the Western WA Chapter. I currently serve on the Section Board as the Vice President of the Central WA Chapter, sit on several Central WA Chapter Committees, am certified in golf operations, specialized in executive management, and am the 2021 Section Professional Development Award winner.

I also enjoy giving back to my community through volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission, serving as a Rotarian, starting my birdie journey to golf in schools (which raised over $5,000 in 2021), receiving a 2021 PNW Section Youth Player Development Grant, and am the current Treasurer of the First Tee Central WA. Lastly, I serve on the Section Tournament Committee and have competed (I use that term lightly) in 25 section majors and over 100 pro-member tournaments over the last 8 years. I enjoy the company of you all at these events and supporting our tournament program because I know it drives operations at both section and chapter levels.

My experiences and opportunities make me a great candidate for your Section Secretary because I understand the business operations, challenges, successes, and needs of PGA Members and Associates at the Section level, small chapter level, and large chapter level.

Our mission in the Pacific Northwest PGA is simply stated but takes careful planning, feedback, and thoughtful execution to succeed – to serve the member and grow the game. My goal as your Section Secretary follows right in line with this mission with a simple addition – to serve, PROMOTE, AND DEVELOP the member and grow the game. I want our Pacific Northwest community to know how valuable we are as PGA Professionals and understand the importance of our jobs and what we do for them and our local communities. This, and everything our officers will do under my leadership, aligns with our Section strategic plan. You may have seen examples of this via social media or emails promoting our Section PGA Professionals. With your vote, I will stand up for each of you, promote you, and lead our board of directors into making educated decisions that better your lives as PGA Professionals.

There are too many open Assistant Professional jobs in our Section and we currently don’t have enough qualified talent to fill these positions. It’s a supply and demand issue – there is much higher demand for golf professionals but not enough supply. I believe that most of us got into this business because someone, likely a PGA Professional, invited and inspired us to consider it. There is only one way to change the current situation and it will take a collaborative, intentional effort from each of us to educate the community about what we do, how we impact our communities and more. This will inspire more of our young people, especially those who love golf already, to be like us and be part of the meaningful mission to make golf better for those we serve, teach, and coach. With this positive message, we can flip the supply and demand curve. As an officer of your Section, I will make sure you are supported by our Section Board AND with talented Professional staff at your facilities.


Chas Holmes, Certified PGA
Head Golf Professional
Yakima Country Club
Office – (509) 452-2266 | mobile – (206) 550-5135
CWC PGA Vice President

The Talent/Labor Gap Opportunity

Part I: Recruiting

This last “offseason employment/recruiting cycle” has been very busy for the PGA Career Services department. Here in the PNWPGA and throughout the entire country, many management level positions have been posted and filled since last October. On top of this, there have been times when we’ve had more than 40 assistant golf professional or similar positions posted on our Section’s part of the Job Board. Clearly, this is a real problem for our industry and it has been exacerbated by the challenges many outside of the PNWPGA face if they want to relocate here to work (including higher costs for housing, political trends and policies, inflation, etc.).

We also know that the golf industry is not the only industry facing a labor shortage. Recent estimates say there are approximately 11M+ open jobs in the US right now, (per the US Labor Bureau on the last business day of January 2022.) And, as we have all seen, there seems to be far less (perhaps 40% less) people who are actively looking for work. Again, this is a threat to our service models, to our plans for the coming peak golf season and… as I’ve been saying and writing in emails, “there are no silver bullets here.” Are there any solutions? Here are some thoughts and ideas.

Stop Your Employee Turnover Issues

The “cost of replacing an employee” is one of the hidden in plain sight costs of poor employee retention. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (, it “costs a company 6 to 9 months of an employee’s salary to replace him or her. For an employee making $60,000 per year, that comes out to $30,000 – $45,000 in recruiting and training costs.”

In the golf business, employees leave organizations for a multitude of reasons. Some of them are the usual and we can’t do much about them, especially with our hourly and entry-level employees that we count so heavily in our seasonal operations. Of course, our budgets generally plan for this turnover, but it’s now becoming harder to fill them than key “backbone” positions. Some employees find better paying jobs while others go back to school. And now, as we hit mid-March, this one-two punch of employee turnover and a very competitive “recruitment market” is hitting our business pretty hard.

Let’s cover the basics of employee recruiting and retention – Create a Culture of Equipping, Engagement and Excellence.

PGA Affiliate Program

What other ideas or solutions have you seen or would like to see that might apply in the narrative above? I would love to hear from you. Thank you for reading this during this issue of the Foreword Press. Looking forward to seeing many of you at Section tournaments and Chapter pro-ams.

Employment Opportunities

Click here to access the PNW PGA job postings

Monte Koch, PGA Certified Professional, CEIP
PGA Career Services | PGA of America
Business, Operations & Career Coach in the Pacific NW and Rocky Mountain PGA Sections
Email: | Cell: 206-335-5260

Career Planning and Coaching

Long Jim Barnes

Bob Denney, PGA Historian Emeritus

Jim Barnes' impact upon American Golf and the Pacific Northwest

The migration of golf professionals from the United Kingdom and Ireland to America at the turn of the 20th century defined the landscape of American golf and the early PGA of America.

At its founding on April 10, 1916, there were 28 of 35 PGA Charter Members born outside the United States. Jim Barnes, one of the earliest PGA Members, left an indelible mark in the PGA and just ahead of the birth of the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.

Born April 8, 1886, in Lelant, Cornwall, England, Barnes caddied at the former Lelant Golf Links (today’s West Cornwall Golf Club), where he was later hired as a clubmaker’s apprentice and assistant professional. Barnes worked at the club from 1902-06.

Barnes, who stood 6-foot-4 and one of the tallest professional golfers of his era, began his journey in professional golf via the sea, crossing the Atlantic in December 1906. He sailed on the SS Carmania from Liverpool to New York City.

He then bought a train ticket to San Francisco, where he had accepted a job as a professional at the Claremont Country Club, across the Bay in Oakland. That was the first of 14 golf facilities covering eight states and Canada where Barnes left an imprint first as an instructor and opportunistic club professional. After two seasons in Claremont, Barnes moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to land a position at the Jericho Golf and Country Club. After a short stay in Canada, he accepted similar posts in the state of Washington – first at the Spokane Golf Club in Spokane and then at the Tacoma Golf Club. He would later move to the Broadmoor Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, followed by an opportunity back east at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Philadelphia. As the years passed by, Barnes was also employed at a number of golf clubs in New York, Missouri, and Florida.

From 1907-1914, Barnes combined his quest for the next best club professional job with his prowess on the course. He won four Pacific Northwest Opens between 1909-13; was runner-up in the 1912 Canadian Open, and had a top-20 finish in his U.S. Open debut in 1912.

The 1913 U.S. Open, in which amateur Francis Ouimet defeated professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff, was rightfully a groundbreaking event for American golf.

If you check further down the leaderboard at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, you’ll find Barnes tied for fourth with Walter Hagen, Macdonald Smith, and Louis Tellier – three strokes from the playoff.

In 1916, the PGA of America organized in January and formed a constitution on April 10, all in New York City. The first U.S. all-professional national golf association held two championships that year, and Barnes won them both. The story about each PGA-sanctioned championship is a significant one, with Barnes in the middle of each.

On July 20, Barnes was playing out of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club near Philadelphia, and captured the PGA Championship at VanCortlandt Park. It was a medal play event, and Barnes posted a 72-hole total of 276.

The event did not have a national qualifying system in place, and PGA benefactor Rodman Wanamaker outlined that the PGA Championship he was envisioning and funding would be a match-play event. It featured a national qualifying plan among the existing seven Sections. Barnes posted a 36-hole qualifying score of 147 in Delaware. Meanwhile, Wanamaker covered the travel expenses for the 32 players who competed Oct. 10-14, at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York.

In the first round, Barnes defeated George Fotheringham, 8-and-7, and in the second round, by the same score, he dispatched 2-time major winner Alex Smith. In the quarterfinals, Barnes beat Tom Kerrigan, 3 and 1, and in the semifinals he defeated Willie Macfarlane, 6 and 5.

That led to a championship match against Jock Hutchison, the man with whom Barnes had tied for medalist in the stroke-play qualifier. Barnes was down four after eight holes, but rallied to be 1 down after the morning 18. In the afternoon, Barnes took his first lead after the 25th hole, but after the 33rd was one down again.

Barnes squared it on the 35th hole, and on the final hole of the match made a four-foot putt to win the hole, the match, and the first PGA Championship. He was the first to be presented the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy.

Barnes often played golf with a sprig of clover hanging from his mouth. The New York Times picked up on his habit in 1916:

"All that Barnes needs to win a golf tournament is a golf course, a putter, and a liberal supply of the clover leaves that he carries in the corner of his mouth."

Barnes won multiple professional events that are not credited by the PGA Tour as official tour victories. Those include the 1921 California State Open and, at age 53, the 1939 New Jersey State Open. He also won the Pacific Northwest Open four times (1909, 1911-13).

The PGA Championship paused for World War I, and resumed in 1919. Barnes joined many of his contemporaries in supporting the wartime efforts of the U.S., England and France, playing exhibition matches which served as fundraisers for the Red Cross. The PGA earmarked that the match proceeds would help buy ambulances.

At war’s end, Barnes was working at the Sunset Hills Golf Club in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1919, Barnes was the world’s finest player. He won the North and South Open, the Shawnee Open, the Western Open - then considered a major – and successfully defended his PGA Championship.

Barnes went on to win the 1921 U.S. Open by nine strokes at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland. President Warren Harding was awaiting Barnes, who would become the only men’s major champion to receive a trophy by a sitting U.S. president.

With a victory in the 1925 Open Championship at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, Barnes became the only English-born golf professional to win three different modern major championships.

Barnes posted 20 top-10 finishes in 34 majors. His stellar career also includes victories in three Western Opens (1914, ’17, ’19) and two North and South Opens (1916, ’19), both considered of major status at the time.

Barnes was 48 years old when The Masters began in 1934, and never competed.

Barnes was not necessarily well-liked by all of his peers due to a sometimes brusque or curt manner. He rarely spoke to his fellow-competitors or opponents during competitive rounds. But Barnes was respected by all. Gene Sarazen, who didn't care for Barnes at all personally, rated him "the finest 5-iron player he had ever seen," according to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Many years later, Sarazen revealed that Barnes’ financial advice saved him. Barnes advised Sarazen to pull his funds from the bank prior to the 1929 Wall Street crash that led to the Great Depression.

Barnes is one of 17 golfers who have won at least three of golf’s four professional majors. The honored list includes: Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy.

When legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice charged the PGA of America to create its Hall of Fame, the Association responded in 1940. Barnes was among the inaugural class of inductees and would be later given his berth (1989) in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Barnes competed in his last professional major at the 1932 U.S. Open where he finished 55th. He won the 1939 New Jersey State Open at age 53.

Though a U.S. citizen, Barnes was not eligible to compete in the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America required its players to be born in the U.S. and the British PGA mandated that its players be affiliated with clubs in Great Britain.

By 1931, four years after the inaugural Ryder Cup, it was discovered that U.S. Team member Johnny Golden, who was unbeaten (3-0-0) through the first two Ryder Cups, was born in Austria-Hungary.

On June 16,1964, a number of American tour professionals presented Barnes with an illuminated address, honoring him "for elevating the standards of golf as Open Champion of the United States and Great Britain and as the First American Professional Champion."

It was signed by then USGA President Clarence W. Benedict and 31 tour professionals that included Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, and Julius Boros. This address is now on display at the West Cornwall Golf Club.

Barnes had what many of today’s PGA instructors deem "a modern-era golf swing." He was known as a long hitter with a strong but compact swing. His size, lanky frame, and length earned him his nicknames of Long Jim and Big Jim.

In his 1919 book, Picture Analysis of Golf Strokes: A Complete Book of Instruction, Barnes listed his set makeup (he carried 10 clubs) at that time:

That book's use of photos is considered a watershed moment for golf instructional writing, pairing Barnes' clear descriptions with lots of large photos picturing his swing in various positions with various clubs.

Barnes also wrote the 1925 instructional, A Good Guide to Golf.

Jim Barnes died of a heart attack at age 80 on May 24, 1966, in East Orange, New Jersey. One of the headlines of his obituary: "Barnes Was Giant in His Day."

JAMES MARTIN "JIM" BARNES Birth Date: April 8, 1886 Birthplace: Lelant, Cornwall, England Nickname: Long Jim or Big Jim Barnes 22 official PGA Tour victories:

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