Kaye Kessler
2007 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

Indeed, Kessler has seen and reported on an untold amount of golf history since the middle of the 20th century. By his count -- as of mid-2007, anyway - he had covered 114 men's major championships -- 44 Masters, 38 U.S. Opens, 12 British Opens and 20 PGA Championships. That certainly puts him among a very select group of golf journalists. 

 

As of 2007, Kessler will also have the distinction of being a member of two state golf hall of fames, as he was previously inducted in the Ohio Golf Association's Journalism Hall of Fame. 

 

It was in Columbus, Ohio -- where Kessler spent much of his life -- that he chronicled the career of one Jack Nicklaus from his pre-teenage years to his heyday as arguably the top player golf has ever seen. During this time, he also squeezed in a two-year stint as president of the Golf Writers Association of America. 

 

Shortly after being named Ohio sports writer of the year in 1984 -- yes, he covered plenty else besides golf -- Kessler came to Colorado to become the first media- and player-relations director for the PGA Tour's International. And in the final years of that tournament, Kessler served officially as international player/media consultant and unofficially as resident historian. As was the case then, Kessler continues to write about golf for various publications. 

 

Despite his many achievements, Kessler said he's most proud of his late wife, Ro, and their two children -- daughter Kris, a counselor in the Department of Defense school system in Italy, and son Rod, chief operations officer for the new billion-dollar Revelstoke ski resort in British Columbia. ool and later the University of Colorado, in 1923.

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