Inducted in 2008
A former caddie at Cumberland Country Club in Cumberland, MD, Max Elbin served as president of the PGA of America and remained a vocal advocate for the role of caddying in the game of golf.
A native of Maryland, Max Elbin was introduced to golf as a boy caddying at Cumberland Country Club in Cumberland, MD. In 1940, Elbin was hired as the assistant professional at nearby Burning Tree Club. He briefly left the club to pursue a career in professional career and won the 1947 U.S. Open. He returned to Burning Tree and, at age 26, was hired at the club’s head professional. In 1965, Elbin was selected to serve a three-year term as the 15th president of the PGA of America. Elbin was instrumental in the creation of the PGA TOUR, and was responsible for the PGA of America establishing and nurturing one of golf’s most popular events – the Ryder Cup. He died in 2008.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Max Elbin earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.