wardEdward Harvie Ward, Jr.

Edward Harvie Ward, Jr., was born in Tarboro in 1925 and learned to play golf on the sand greens of Hilma Country Club. Harvie won his first tournament, the Linville Invitational, at age 14. He won the Carolinas Junior Championship in 1940 and 1941. After serving 30 months in the U.S. Army, Harvie earned an Economics degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ward then won the 1948 North and South Amateur at Pinehurst and the NCAA Championship in 1949. In 1952 he won the British Amateur. Harvie was one of only nine to win consecutive US championships (in 1955 and 1956), and in 1956 won the Canadian Amateur. He played on three Walker-cup teams and was undefeated in six matches. He beat Jack Nicklaus in the 1958 U.S. Amateur. Ward finished fourth in the Masters in 1957, before moving to the west coast where he was successful in business for many years. Ward was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 1965 and turned pro in 1973. He is the subject of the golf book, The Match, describing an unbelievable game with Ben Hogan at Pebble Beach. Harvie Ward died in 2004.

Inducted into Hall of Fame 2008