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Elizabeth “Liz” Murray
Liz Murray was born in Akron Ohio, and graduated from Boston University’s Sargent School of Physical Education. In her senior year, she was named “most athletic of the class of 1929.”
That summer Liz moved back to Akron and took up golf for the first time. She belonged to the famous Firestone Country Club, carried an eight handicap, and was the runner-up for the club championship in 1941.
Married to David E. Murray in 1939, they moved to Topeka Kansas in 1945, and then to Lincoln Nebraska in 1949.
Liz was twice winner of the Hillcrest Country Club’s women’s club championship and runner-up in the women’s city. She was the state senior women’s champion in 1959 and twice the runner-up.
Even greater than her contributions on the golf course, Liz Murray’s efforts behind the scenes have been even more important. In 1969, she helped organize the Nebraska Junior Girl’s Golf Association and served as its executive secretary for 21 years. Her tireless efforts for junior girl’s golf also included serving as coach of Nebraska’s 4-State Team from 1979 until the very recent past.
In 1989, at the 60th reunion of her college class, Boston University bestowed on Liz its Twiness Award as the outstanding graduate of her class.
As proud as she is of the honors she has received, Liz’s most cherished was every golfer’s dream – her first hole-in-one at the age of 80!
Robert “Bob” Fraser won two consecutive Nebraska State Amateur championships – five years apart!
The Omaha native, who has lived in Jackson Wyoming since his retirement in 1980, won his first state title in 1941. The tournament, which had been conducted uninterrupted since 1905, was then discontinued for four years from 1942-1945 because of World War II. When the championship resumed in 1946, Fraser won the crown again. Fraser added a third title eight years later in 1954.
Those weren’t Fraser’s first state championships however. He was the state high school champ in 1932 while attending Creighton Prep.
While attending Creighton University in 1936, Fraser was the runner-up in the Western Amateur, made it to the fifth round of the U.S. Amateur in Garden City, NY; and was named to sportswriter Grantland Rice’s four man all-college team.
Fraser, who has had five holes-in-one, was also the Missouri Valley Champion in 1937 during his tenure at Creighton.
After his graduation from Creighton Law in 1939, Fraser later became the club champion at both the Happy Hollow Club and the Omaha Country Club. During that time he was vice president and a board member of Happy Hollow and also a board member at OCC.
After moving to Wyoming, Fraser continued his fine play. He was not only club champion at the Jackson Hole Golf Club, but from 1989 to 1991 he shot his age when he was 73, 74, and 75.
Al Beister was “Mr. Golf” in Fremont, Nebraska, serving more than 30 years as the head golf professional at the Fremont Golf Club (1952-83). His influence on people and the game reached far beyond that city or the state’s boundaries. In addition to serving as president of the Nebraska Section of the PGA, Al was elected national vice-president of the PGA of America.
An excellent player, Al qualified for the 1946 PGA Championship and the 1950 U.S. Open. An even more outstanding teacher of the game, Beister watched three of his Fremont High teams win the state championships. The children of at least six of his Fremont GC members followed Al’s footsteps into the golf profession.
A few of Nebraska’s past state golf champions who were touched by Al’s expertise include Bob Fraser, who is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame in this class, plus other past Hall of Fame honorees Jim English, Byron Adams and Del Ryder.
Al Beister’s respect for the game of golf is legendary. He was a traditionalist of the game at a time during tremendous change.
Beister began his career as an assistant professional at the Highland Country Club in Omaha, then moved to the Happy Hollow Club. He later was the head pro at the Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island before beginning his long stint in Fremont.
Al Beister, who left an indelible mark on the sport of golf, died January 31, 1989.