Oscar Miles

Inducted: 2003

At the young age of 17, Oscar Miles, was given the position of “greenkeeper” at Cedar Crest Country Club in Quincy, Illinois. Since that day, he has dedicated his life to golf as a Golf Course Superintendent. Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, Miles graduated from Penn State University's Turf Grass Management Program in 1962. He has held superintendent positions at such notable clubs as Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois and currently at the Merit Club in Libertyville, Illinois. While at Butler National, Miles earned the Distinguished Service Award as the 1985 PGA TOUR's Course of the Year. At the 1997 Western Open at Butler National, Miles was faced with the responsibility of saving the tournament after rain left 4 million gallons of water on the course and two inches of silt. Miles had the honor of preparing the Merit Club for the 2000 Women's United States Open Championship. Over 70 of his past employees have graduated to head superintendent positions.