Hall of Fame/Frank Rodia

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Inducted: 1982

Junior golf bracketed a 63-year career as a golf professional for Frank Rodia. He caddied at the Seattle Golf Club in the early 1920’s, and organized a match between Ballard and Franklin High that led to competitive golf in the Seattle school system. His first head professional job was at Alderwood in Portland, and he returned to Seattle in 1926 as the first professional at the Broadmoor Golf Club. Frank was a fine player, winning the Washington PGA Match Play championship in 1931 the Washington Open in 1929 and ‘31. Following a move to San Diego in 1934, he became the first head professional at the Torrey Pines course in 1954, retiring in 1970. He returned to Washington the next year, becoming active at the Alderbrook Yacht and Golf Club on Hood Canal.