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Bill Colm


Inducted February 10, 1986

Bill Colm Sr., a Bakersfield native, started playing golf as a youth on a sand-green layout near the China Grade Loop, then played at the Kern River and Stockdale courses. There was no golf team at Bakersfield High and he didn't play at Stanford University, explaining, "the players on the team were too god for me." Years later, though, the world's finest senior amateur golfers weren't too good for Colm. He won the world's senior championship in Colorado in 1973, the USGA Seniors in 1975, the South American Seniors in Chile in 1978, and then captured the International Seniors in Scotland three straight years, 1979-81. Colm's contributions to golf were recognized two years ago when the state's golf writers voted him into the California Golf Hall of Fame, saluting him as a "pillar of the game of golf."