Sporre, William (2006)
About Sporre, William (2006)
William “Spo” Sporre earned MAPGA Hall of Fame recognition for his outstanding play and for his forty years of steadfast contributions to the association. During the mid 1960s Bill established his presence as a premier player and continued to do so well into the 1970s. Twice “Player of the Year” (1968 and 1970) testifies to the skills and dedication he brought to bear in one tournament after another. His contributions to the MAPGA include Northern Chapter President, but more importantly, more than forty years on the Tournament Committee and four years as its chair.
His golf career started as a thirteen year old in 1949 when he went to Madden Park in Dayton, Ohio, with his father. As a star high school athlete he played on the basketball, track and golf teams. In track he pole vaulted, threw discuss and ran sprints. Following several years of junior tournaments Bill accepted a golf scholarship to Ohio State University. Immediately after his Ohio State time he spent two years in the United States Army, mostly in Fairbanks, Alaska. While in the Army, Bill won the Alaskan Amateur in 1960. Soon after discharge while back in Ohio his reserve unit received a call up notice which brought him to nearby Fort Meade in 1961. A year later, his PGA Professional career began as an assistant to Carl Rasnic at Fort Meade. After six years there, he spent two years as an assistant to Ward Burgess at Chevy Chase before accepting the Head Professional position at newly developed Towson Golf and CC. In 1978 Bill relocated to Crofton CC where he remained until retirement in 2001.
Bill Sporre’s playing career encompasses enormous success in the region and traveling on the PGA Tour over the winter and into the spring of 1966 – 1967. His sectional championship titles span the Match Play Championships in 1966 and 1968, the Assistant Professional Championship in 1970, the Pro – Assistant Championship with George Graefe in 1978, and the Senior Championship in 1986. Furthermore, he and Mark Spolarich won the Senior – Junior Championship in 1986 and the Two – Man Scramble title in 1989. Two MAPGA Pro – Presidents were captured by Bill and a club officer while at Towson. Bill Sporre won the Maryland State Open at Argyle in 1970 and in doing so established a new scoring record for the Championship held at the time by Deane Beman. He and Steve Bozel won the Maryland State Pro – Am title in 1980. Between 1967 and 1972 the MAPGA and the Philadelphia PGA squared off in the annual “Schmidt Cup” matches. Players earned a spot on the team based on a year-long point system. Bill Sporre was the only MAPGA player on all six teams. In the MAPGA Sectional Qualifiers for the PGA Championship in 1967 and 1968, Bill took “medalist” honors.
On the PGA Tour and in National PGA Championships, Bill’s career includes thirteen events on the PGA Tour with making six cuts. He played in the 1967 and 1968 PGA Championships. In 1968 at Pecan Valley his fourth round 70 moved him into 37th place. Only four players in the field, including the winner, Julius Boros, scored lower. Bill and Larry Wise competed in two PGA Two – Man Championships. Additionally, Bill teed it up in six National Club Professional Championships. As a senior he played in two PGA Senior Championships (1987 and 1988), two PGA Senior Club Professional Championships and the 1987 US Senior Open.
Since retirement Bill continued his support of local associations as an important figure in the Maryland State, Middle Atlantic and Washington Metropolitan Golf Associations rules official staff as well as that of the MAPGA.