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MONDAY 11-19-2012 guests include Steve the Marine, Dr. Dennis Powers, and actress/author/passionate "foodie" Linda Evans!

Nov 19, 2012 -- 1:32pm

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GUEST INFORMATION 11-19-2012

7:10 Dr. Steven Greenleaf (Steve The Marine) gives a great talk on history and legal principles of secession, given the amazing amount of talk sweeping the country.

7:35 Dr. Dennis Powers "Visiting Past and Present", and today it's the history of Chandler Egan, Medford's famous golfer! (Post is below)

8:10 What a treat speaking with actrees Linda Evans, (her official website) and her very informative (and FUN) book is a combination memoir and collection of her favorite recipes: Linda Evans, Recipes for Life.


GREAT LOOK BACK AT MEDFORD'S GOLF HISTORY!

Medford's Famous Golfer and Course Designer--Chandler Egan

By Dennis Powers

Born into a wealthy, Chicago family, 12-year-old Chandler Egan began playing golf during a family vacation. Building a home-made course on the family's cow pasture with friends, he honed his skills. Six years later in 1902, Chandler was at Harvard and captain of the golf team. As a sophomore he won individual honors that year, and the team won three straight national intercollegiate championships. In 1902, he also won the first of four Western Amateur titles, and captured two U.S. Amateur titles in 1904 and 1905 (placing second, four years later). In 1904, his golf team won Olympic gold and he won a silver medal.

Selling insurance and looking into other businesses after graduation, he and his newly-wed wife in 1910 took a train to Medford, Oregon; they were among the numerous Mid-Westerners seduced by the city’s effective promotion to invest in the area’s orchard industry. Strictly an amateur player and desiring to preserve this--as his later friend, Bobby Jones--Chandler wanted to start a successful business in an exciting new place, cash in on the “orchard boom,” and provide for himself and his family. 

In 1911, he bought the 117-acre, apple and pear Bates Orchard for $67,000 in East Medford in the oak-forested foothills and built a 1-1/2 story house for $2,600 on what is now Foothill Drive. He designed the arts and crafts-style house (with low-pitched, extended gabled roofs) to be both a residence and the offices for his Egan Orchard. The “raw” nine-hole course of the Medford Country Club--formed just two weeks before Egan first arrived--sat “at the foot of his driveway.”

Enjoying the orchard business, he could go back to amateur golf. In 1914 he was runner-up at the Pacific Northwest Amateur (PNWA), but won it the next year--and a total of four times over the next decade. After his first marriage failed, Chandler remarried to the former Alice Barrett of Chicago in 1916, and they lived at the orchard house.  

When the orchard business turned to bust, Chandler turned to golf-course designing, an endeavor bringing both his design and golf knowledge together. In 1917, he designed Portland’s Eastmoreland Golf Course and worked on others. In 1924, Egan’s first nine-hole design for the Rogue Valley Country Club (RVCC) opened that year; the second nine was completed three years later. Together, this 18-hole course is still referred to as the “Original Course” at RVCC. 

Over the twenty years of this work, Chandler Egan designed or re-designed over twenty courses in Washington, Oregon, and California. Ten are in Oregon: Coos Bay, Portland (Eastmoreland and Riverside), Eugene, Hood River, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Seaside Golf Club, Medford, and Tualatin. He also designed courses from Atlanta to Spokane. His designed Indian Canyon in Spokane is a course regularly included among America's top-50 municipals.

At the same time, he played amateur golf. He won a fifth PNWA; the California Amateur Championship (1926); two championship Walker Cups (1930, 1934); plus played in U.S. Opens, Masters, and other tournaments. In 1929, Egan partnered with legendary golf architect, Alister MacKenzie, to renovate Pebble Beach for the 1929 U.S. Amateur, in which Chandler reached the semifinals.

In 1936, having finished plans for the West Seattle Golf Course in Seattle, and supervising construction of the Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett, Washington, Egan came down with pneumonia. He died six days later at the age of 51 and his body was returned to Medford.

After his death, Alice became increasingly active locally. She was named the first lifetime member of the Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland for her financial contributions, instrumental in the founding of the Medford Civic Theater, and provided the “seed”" money to fund what became the Rogue Valley Arts Association. She lived at the house until her later years and died in 1964. 

Chandler Egan was later named to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame and Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. In 1997, his designed home on 2620 Foothill Drive (known as the “Egan Mansion”) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Dear, Tony. “Favorite Designers: H. Chandler Egan”, www.cybergolf.com at http://www.cybergolf.com/golf_news/favorite_designers_h_chandler_egan. “Golf’s Grand Old Master: Chandler Egan” at http://premiergc.com/documents/PGC_Egan_History.pdf; “Oregon Sport’s Hall of Fame, Chandler Egan” at http://www.oregonsportshall.org/chandler_egan.html; see also,

 “National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Egan, H. Chandler and Alice B. House” at http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/97000126.pdf.

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