Inducted in 2010 (Posthumously)
A caddie at Belmont Country Club in Belmont, MA, Fred Corcoran was a pioneer in the golf industry. He was instrumental in the founding of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and was one of the game’s first agents, managing the careers of legends Babe Zaharias and Sam Snead.
A native of Cambridge, MA, Fred Corcoran was nine when he began caddying at Belmont Country Club near Boston. By age 12, he was named the club’s caddie manager. As a teenager, he served as Belmont’s assistant golf secretary for the Massachusetts Golf Association before becoming the official scorer of the United States Golf Association. He followed that with a stint as an assistant golf secretary to legendary golf course architect Donald Ross. He went on to become tournament manager of the PGA before founding the LPGA, the Golf Writers Association of America, and the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Corcoran, known at the time as “Mr. Golf", was one of the first non-golfers inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Corcoran died in 1977.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Corcoran earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.