Frank “Sandy” Tatum won the NCAA Individual Golf Championship in 1942, but he made his biggest contributions to the game without a club in hand. Tatum, a longtime San Francisco lawyer, served on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association from 1972-80, including two years as president. He later embarked on an ambitious quest to renovate Harding Park, a onetime PGA Tour stop that had fallen into disrepair. Only though Tatum’s tireless work did Harding’s restoration spring to life, leading to marquee tour events in 2005 and 2009—and giving Bay Area public golfers a world-class course to call their own. Tatum also helped launch the First Tee of San Francisco, a program to teach kids life skills through golf.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Plaque location: Harding Park Golf Course