MacMaster, Carroll (2012)

About MacMaster, Carroll (2012)


Woodholme Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
MAPGA Hall of Fame Class of 2012

1897-1961. Carroll T. MacMaster’s prominence in the MAPGA and PGA of America included the Presidency of the MAPGA in 1947 and 1948 and the Presidency of the PGA Seniors’ Association in 1956 and 1957.  The section’s membership first elected him to office in 1929 as an Assistant Secretary.  He became the Treasurer in 1931.  Herb Graffis, in his history of the PGA, gives credit to Carroll MacMaster and a number of others, including Ralph Beach, for reviving the PGA of America Seniors’ Association in the early 1950s.  As his tenure at the head of the Seniors’ Association concluded, the MAPGA awarded him the 1958 their “Professional of the Year” honor.

Originally from White Plains, New York, Carroll MacMaster started as a caddie in 1909 at the Scarsdale Golf and CC in Westchester County.  The caddie master position at Century CC came his way in 1915.  Dan Mackie, a PGA pioneer, gave Carroll MacMaster his first lesson at Century CC.  His high school chums included the four Turnesa brothers and Tony Manero, all of whom achieved golfing notoriety.

As the United States entered World War I he enlisted in the New York National Guard’s Tenth Regiment which became part of the Fourth Army Corps, 51st Pioneer Infantry.  They built bridges in France during the War.  Consequently, Carroll MacMaster spent nearly a year in France as a Provost Sergeant in occupied Germany.

After the War, Carroll MacMaster returned to Century CC as an assistant professional under Dan Mackie for several years, 1919 – 1922.  At the time, Dan Mackie, one of the thirty-five charter members of the PGA in 1916, held the distinction as a masterful teacher.  In 1923, Carroll MacMaster came to the Catoctin Club in Frederick, Maryland as both Head Professional and Greenkeeper. Three years later he accepted the Head Professional position at Rolling Road, then on to Hillendale in 1932 and then to Woodholme in 1935 where remained until his death in 1961.

In the fall of 1923 he married Frederick native Flora Taylor.  They had two children, Carroll MacMaster, Jr., born in 1925, and died in 1973, and Flora Jane, born in 1927.

Carroll MacMaster first appeared in golf related newspaper articles in 1923 when he played in the Third Annual Maryland Open at Baltimore CC – Roland Park and also in the 2nd Annual Maryland State Professional Championship held at the same venue.  Throughout 1924 – 1927 he regularly appeared in the Maryland State Professional Golfers’ Association events, the PGA Championship qualifiers and the Middle Atlantic Opens.  Successful qualification for national events came in 1932 when he made the field for both the US Open and the PGA Championship.   And, he qualified for the US Open a second time in 1937.  Carroll MacMaster won the MAPGA Senior title in 1951 and the “Senior” Teacher’s Trophy title in 1953.  He played in the PGA Senior Championship in Florida for the first time in 1949 and continued to regularly do so until 1959.

In July 1931, Carroll MacMaster shot 62 at Rolling Road in a fourball match with three of the club’s members.  He had six birdies going out including four in a row starting on the second.  His lone bogey occurred on the par 3 10th.   In 1945, he and Glenn Spencer lost to Byron Nelson and Jug McSpaden in one of the national PGA’s exhibitions supporting the veteran’s war relief programs.
As an executive Carroll MacMaster served as MAPGA President during 1947 – 1948.  And, he held the National PGA Seniors’ Presidency in 1956 – 1957.  Merrell Whittlesey and Jim Wild, preeminent local golf scribes, praised Carroll MacMaster for his steady leadership of the section after golf got underway following World War II. He managed to bring the Baltimore, Washington DC area and Virginia constituency groups into a more workable and cohesive body. He unexpectedly died in October 1961.