Hall of Fame/George Bertz

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Inducted: 1996

George Bertz was the sports editor of the Oregon Journal from 1919 until 1957. During that extensive period of time, he covered golf among other sports. He played a major role in the development of sports news coverage, particularly of golf, and was instrumental in the formation of golf associations in the Pacific Northwest. He retired from the Journal in 1957 and served as the Executive Secretary of the Oregon PGA and the Oregon Golf Association until his death in 1960. He wrote about golf extensively, covering the 1913 exhibition at Waverley Country Club of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray up to the modern era. He covered a number of major championships, including the 1946 PGA Championship and the 1947 Ryder Cup, both at Portland Golf Club. He was a founding member of the Golf Writers Association of America.