Milford (Sonny) Brinkerhoff
2006 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
Milford (Sonny) Brinkerhoff long has been one of the greatest benefactors for Colorado golf the sport has ever known. Sonny is perhaps most notable as a founding father of the Eisenhower-Evans Caddie Scholarship along with Dick Campbell. Sonny was intimately involved in the purchase of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house in 1969 for the Eisenhower-Evans chapter house, and from 1969 until 1990 he served as chairman of the chapter house committee in an incredibly active capacity overseeing "white glove" maintenance and improvement projects for the house and for the Western Golf Association. He was as generous with his time as he was with his money before turning the reins of chapter chairman over to Rick Polmear in 1990.
Sonny has been deeply involved in so many golfing ventures in Colorado, serving as president of the Colorado Golf Association in 1978 and 1979 and becoming most instrumental in a number of issues. He was particularly helpful in working with PGA leaders Vic Kline and Tom Babb to harmoniously resolve the separation of the CGA and the PGA in 1978. He also took a leadership role at his home course, Cherry Hills Country Club, serving on the board of directors in 1964-1966, and as club president in 1965-1966. He was given a particularly heart-warming salute when the Eisenhower-Evans Par Club Tournament was staged at his Cherry Hills Country Club in October of 2004.
Few have given more for golf in Colorado than Sonny Brinkerhoff and it is particularly fitting that he now be enshrined in his state's hall of fame.