29 Jun '11, 4pm

Inaugural champ Howell Fraser 'amazed' at growth of PNC

HERSHEY, Pa. -- The shuttle to Hershey Country Club dropped Howell Fraser and his wife, Linda Lee, off at the front door to a clubhouse, a facility that embraces golf history and once was home to forrmer club professionals turned World Golf Hall of Famers, Henry Picard and Ben Hogan. Fraser, the inaugural PGA Professional National Champion in 1968, recalled the impact of his first national title on a sun-splashed afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz. That year, The PGA of America and Tour professionals officially made their split to separate entities, but Fraser's victory was not overlooked. "After I won, they really looked upon what I won as like a Tour event," said Fraser. "I was treated like a Tour player for one year and was exempt for one season. I know that has changed. I do know that I would love to be competing here this week for the trophy." As Fraser toured the National...

Full article: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/inaugural-champ-howell-fraser...

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