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Oklahoman Published: April 29, 2008
1968 — Local pros Joe Walser and Ernie Vossler, frustrated at not being able to lure an annual PGA Tour event in Oklahoma City, begin looking for land and funds to build an elite pri

vate course worthy of consideration. 1974 — Construction of Oak Tree Golf Club begins. 1976 — Club opens.

1978 — Club hosts Round of Champions, national play day with Hubert Green, Lanny Wadkins, Chako Higuchi and Hollis Stacy.

1979 — Club hosts Round of Champions, national play day with Andy North, John Mahaffey, Nancy Lopez and Stacy. 1980 — Club hosts PGA Cup Matches.

1984 — U.S. Amateur is held at the club and is won by Oklahoma State junior-to-be Scott Verplank.

1988 — 70th PGA Championship is held and draws a record-setting crowd of 140,000 for the week, including 35,365 the final round. Jeff Sluman wins with 12-under-par 272.

1989 — PGA of America grants club the 1994 PGA Championship; the six-year turnaround is the quickest in PGA Championship history.

1991 — Landmark Land Company, Inc., which owns the club, files Chapter 11 bankruptcy; citing ownership and financial uncertainty, the club is released from its commitment to host the 1994 PGA; seven weeks later, the 1994 Championship is granted to Southern Hills in Tulsa.

1992 — Resolution Trust Corp.

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