H.R. “Potts” Berglund

Inducted 1981

Potts Berglund, like so many, began his love affair with golf as a caddie at the Denver Country Club when he only 11 years old. He has always been known as the caddie’s friend and a “soft touch.” He has had caddies from all over the country phone him when they needed a few bucks or got “in trouble.”

Potts joined Lakewood Country Club in 1941. Three years later he also joined Cherry Hills Country Club, where he played on the Interclub Team with Rip Arnold as his partner, and later teamed with Dick Braun. Berglund was also among the original 17 people who founded Columbine Country Club in 1955.

Berglund was elected to his first term on the Board of Directors (1955-1957) for Cherry Hills where he served alternately on Golf and Grounds Committees. He also sat on the Board from 1959-1961 (including during the 1960 U.S. Open) and again in 1965-1967. In 1957 he joined the Colorado Section of the PGA and in 1972 was made an Honorary Member of the Colorado Section.

One of the highlights of Berglund’s golf career came in 1959 when he played with Don January in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (now the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) and finished 6th, being the first Denverite to win a ‘pickle dish.’ He played with January for the next nine years.

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