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Riverside Golf and Country Club History

While it seems like men dominated early Riverside history, women's golf was always strong.
Charity Stepp won her first Women's Championship here in 1949 and went on to win ten more. June Leitgeb won an impressive 20 women's titles, including 11 in a row.

Chandler Egan, a leading golf course architect of that time, was retained to design the second nine - which is now the first nine.
From a Riverside history by longtime member Marshall Turner: "Let me tell you a little about this man. In 1904 he was a student at Harvard University when golf in the U.S. was a game for the wealthy only. Egan won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1904 and successfully defended it by winning again in 1905. By doing so he encouraged the adoption of golf by college boys, which helped to spotlight the sport as one to be enjoyed by vigorous young men... Egan moved to Medford in 1910 and became a fruit grower and golf course designer." Egan went on to redesign Pebble Beach. His work included many other Oregon courses: Eastmoreland, Eugene C.C., Oswego Lake, Tualatin, and Indian Canyon in Spokane.

HOGAN'S JUNIORS

Eddie Hogan and his Juniors. He started the strong tradition of Junior Golf at Riverside.

Eddie Hogan

Eddie Hogan was head professional at Riverside from 1939 to 1968. He possessed a flawless golf swing, abundant Irish charm and great joy for his chosen work. His flair for merchandising was legendary, and Riverside's pro shop ranked as one of the best. Hogan's dedication to Riverside was total, as was his interest in junior golf. Many fine golfers emerged from his junior program. Eddie Hogan's memory lives through the Hogan Junior Cup Matches held at Riverside every summer. They are a tribute to the inspiration he provided for many young people.

Top high school golfers from the Northwest and California compete annually at Riverside in the Hogan Cup matches. These star teenagers played in 1990 and 1976.
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