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Historical Photo Guessing Game: Lake Forest Golfer, Hall of Famer is Robert Abbe Gardner

Weekly photo posting celebrates Lake Forest's 150th anniversary.

Robert Abbe Gardner was an accomplished golfer in the early 1920s, joining Onwentsia Golf Club in 1920.

He was recently inducted into the Illinois PGA Hall of Fame, and is the third Onwentsia member to be honored. His golfing talents were known on an international scale during the 1920s, playing on the same Walker Cup team as Bobby Jones.

He won the U.S. Amateur when he was 19 while in college at Yale, which stood as the youngest champion for 85 years. In the same time period, Gardner held the world record in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet, 1 inch in 1912.

Thanks for your continued participation and feedback.

We'll be back with another historical photo on Sunday (Dec. 18).

Maddie Dugan December 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Robert Abbe Gardner?
Bruce Williams December 11, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Quite an athlete!
Pauline Mohr December 11, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Robert Gardner
Pauline Mohr December 11, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Robert Gardner was a member of the winning team of the first Walker Cup Golf Tournament in 1922.
marco sangria December 11, 2011 at 04:46 PM
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