Romans, Walter (1988)
About Romans, Walter (1988)
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1917-2009. Walter Romans earned his MAPGA Hall of Fame membership through impressive play over the course of several decades. He held the Section’s Tournament Director position in 1951 and the Maryland Vice President position in 1954.
Walter, born in Warren, Massachusetts, started caddying around age 14. The PGA elected him to membership in 1938. Before serving in the Army during World War II, he won the Central New York Section Championship while still a young professional in Utica. After the War, he moved to Baltimore CC as the head PGA Professional, serving 39 years from 1945 to 1984, doing double duty at Five Farms and Roland Park. Upon his retirement, the club named him their Professional Emeritus.
His playing career is marked by success on the regional and national levels. Nationally, he played in five U.S. Opens and twelve PGA Championships, and then as a senior in a number of PGA Senior Championships. His twelve National PGA Championships included six at match play and six at stroke play. Walter’s best showing was advancing to the third round in 1949 at Hermitage Country Club by defeating Jack Ryan and Frank Moore. In his first six appearances, when the tournament included a 36 hole qualifier for the match play portion, he played his way into the match play field four times. Walter played the U.S. Opens in 1940, 1947, 1953, 1955, 1969, and qualified for the event in 1960. When the PGA Tour stop took place at Mt. Pleasant and then Pine Ridge, Walter acquitted himself admirably over the years, frequently cashing a paycheck. In 1950, he finished seventh. He made a few other PGA Tour events and finished quite high, and was in contention to win at the New Orleans Open and Texas Open in San Antonio in the late 1950s. He and Todd Hauck won the 1964 National PGA Senior-Junior. Additional credits include earning a spot on the Section Schmidt Cup Team in 1967 that played the Philadelphia Section.
His string of successes in the MAPGA Match Play Championships is significant. He won the Baltimore City Open six times: 1946, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, and 1963 by defeating Ralph Beach, Charles Bassler, Bill Moran, Harry Parr IV, Billy Gilbert and Lou Graham, respectively, in the final match. He lost the final match five times. Walter even made it to the semifinals at age 66. Locally, Walter won the 1948 District Open by shooting 65-68 when it was contested at the original Indian Spring Club and the 1953 Uplands Open at Rolling Road with 64 and 72. He captured the Maryland Open twice, the first time in 1956 at Woodmont and the second in 1959 at Woodholme. His credentials also include the 1959 pro-am at Hot Springs, Homestead course shooting 69-69. He and member Jack Emich won the MSGA pro-am championship in 1957 and 1959.
As a senior golfer, his titles include the 1970 and 1974 MAPGA Senior Championships and the 1977 MAPGA Quarter Century Championship; and in 1978 and 1979 the 60-64 age group winner in the Senior Championship. In the National PGA Senior Championships he finished in a tie for 49th in 1968, in a tie for 42nd in 1970, and again in 1975 in a tie for 39th. At sixty-years-old, he finished in a tie for 33rd in his last appearance.
Walter made his 11th hole-in-one at age 77. (rev. 2004)