On this day October 24th 2016 The Northeastern New York PGA inducts Ben Lord. into our Hall of Fame. The NENY Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those PGA Members who through their lives, careers, service and support have represented the highest essence of PGA membership.
Lord was a member of the PGA of America since its founding year in 1916. He was devoted to serving his professional association and ascended to extremely high positions within the PGA both locally and nationally. He served as President of the NENY PGA Section for an unprecedented 9 years from 1940-1948. He served as the first Executive Vice President (currently known as District Director) to the PGA and was a delegate to the PGA of America National Meeting 14 times.
He served as the Head Golf Professional at Glens Falls Country Club for 39 years from 1917-1956. Lord was also an outstanding player and set the Glens Falls Country Club course record in 1925 with a 64. He competed in the PGA Championship a total of four times during his career. He also competed in the U.S. Open four times making the cut three of those. In his first appearance in 1912 he finished his highest ranking at 41st at The Country Club of Buffalo where the purse was $300. He played the next year in 1913 in Brookline missing the cut and after a hiatus and following the war, played again in 1922 at Skokie Country Club in Illinois which was the first win for a young Gene Sarazen and Lord finished 69th. His last Open Championship was in 1924 when he finished 55th at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan.
Entrance into this Hall of Fame is the highest honor that Northeastern New York Professional Golfers Association can bestow Ben Lord. This faithful PGA Professional will be forever remembered for his significant and enduring contributions to the game of golf and the PGA of America