Lou Strong

Inducted: 1993

Lou Strong was the 13th president of the PGA of America serving from 1961 to 1963.

Strong rose up through the ranks of Illinois PGA professionals to become the 13th president of the PGA of America from 1961-1963. Strong was a leader among his peers in elevating the status of the club pro from clubmaker-teacher-player to respected businessman. Born in Urbana, Strong worked as an assistant and head professional at Urbana Country Club before a five-year stay at Tam O'Shanter. He left for Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. in 1961. From 1956 to 1957 Strong was the Illinois PGA's vice president, and became national secretary of the PGA of America in 1958, in advance of becoming president, only the second Illinois native to do so. He was made Honorary President of the PGA of America from 1964-1965.