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rather than the steely-eyed major champion,

he would become.

In 1939, he held an assistant professional

position at the Century Country Club in White

Plains, NewYork.Althoughhewas always polite

to the membership, his shyness prevented him

from being a back-slapping, smiling politician

required of a club professional then and now.

A past president of the Inverness Club, Cloyd

Haas was assigned the task of finding a

suitable Head Professional for Inverness and

his decision came down to Nelson or Hogan.

Hogan simply did not have the favorable press

of Nelson and he certainly did not possess the

down-home humor and personality that a club

like Inverness was seeking at the time.

Haas and Inverness Club chose Nelson. The

rest is history.

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