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  • Borlands to be inducted in the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame

  • Some members of the Carthage golf community are to be honored in this year’s induction of the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame – and they’re all family.
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  • Some members of the Carthage golf community are to be honored in this year’s induction of the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame – and they’re all family.
    Glen “Square” Borland, Joe Borland, and Gary “Pig” and Pam (Loyd) Borland will be added to a list of outstanding citizen golfers from the area. The last and only time a Carthage golfer was inducted in the Joplin Golf Hall of Fame, which established its first inductee in 1985, was in 1999 with Dennis Goettel. He won the 1977 Missouri Amateur and had the most wins in match play from 1974-1978. He has been a PGA Pro in Columbia, Mo., for many years.
    Carthage PGA Pro Mark Peterson, who has served the community at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course for 18 years, nominated the individuals and said the Borland family is well-deserving of this special recognition.
    “Many people out here know one or all four of them,” Peterson said. “I’ve known their names before I was a pro here; they all are known for their achievements in southwest Missouri. Everyone looks up to them in different ways – They love the game. They enjoy the atmosphere and just love playing the sport.”
    But this recognition doesn’t happen from winning tournaments and expressing joy in the game.
    “It’s not just about the accomplishments they’ve had,” Peterson said. “It’s the service to the game. Anytime they are asked for help, they never say ‘no.’ They’re always willing to help with anything and do quite a bit that people aren’t aware of. They have an interaction with everybody and have given themselves to the game. It’s nice to see them recognized for that on a much bigger scale.”
    Lives Around Golf
    The gathering of documentation for the Borlands’ nominations wasn’t easy. By the end of the search, each individual had folders full of newspaper clippings, letters, certificates and other documents. When asked about their winning records, each Borland had a similar, humble reaction.
    “I don’t remember,” said Joe Borland. “We grew up right across from the course – Mike Farlow used to chase us off the course.”
    Glen, 72; Joe, 71; Gary, 65; and Pam, 65; all grew up with an appreciation for the sport, and it all started with Farlow as the PGA Pro. After that, Pam’s father, Ed Loyd served as the Pro for 25 years.
    “I remember dad used to ask Glen to watch the shop,” Pam said. “We all grew up here.”
    Peterson noted the Loyd family's golf history paralleled the Borlands’ impressive record. Not only with Ed, but his children, Steve, Pam and Tom.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pam was married to Skip Taylor for 18 years when he died of a heart attack at the age of 43. She went back to school for her nursing degree; at the time, their children, Andi and Josh, were just teenagers. She decided to return to Carthage for her 35th Class Reunion. That was when she became reacquainted with her classmate, Gary Borland – who was a widower of 15 years.
    “It was a very short courtship,” Pam said, “because we already knew each other. He had lost Carol to cancer.”
    'Some wins'
    To say the Borland family has had “some wins,” as Joe put it, would be an understatement.
    Glen was a junior in 1958 when the Carthage High School Tigers placed third in the Missouri State High School tournament (when there was only one division). Upon graduation, he was the number one player on the Big Nine Conference Champion Tiger team. He won the senior division of the Missouri State Amateur Tournament when it was played at Twin Hills in Joplin, and currently has recorded three holes-in-one.
    Joe won the Carthage Open in 1959, and placed several times in the Missouri Amateur in Columbia, Mo. Today, he holds the Carthage course record with a 59, and has eight holes-in-one.
    Joe's, and Gary's names are on several trophies in the back room of the Carthage pro shop for various honors such as “Player of the Year.”
    “I'm more proud of them than any other tournaments I've won,” Gary said.
    Pam was part of a golfing generation solely dominated by men. In high school, she had the opportunity to play with the boys.
    “My senior year, I told my tennis coach I was quitting to play golf on the boys team,” she said. “It was unusual, but for me it was no big deal. I had never played with girls my age until I competed in Jefferson City – to see all those girls from across the state was eye-opening.”
    The first year she competed in the Missouri Girls Junior Tournament, she placed third. The following year, she won it. The year after that, she was runner up. Pam won the Tri-State in 1969 and went to the quarterfinals three years.
    A complete documentation of the Borlands' winning record would be close to impossible to achieve, but those listed above are some of the wins they are the most proud of.
    The Borlands will be honored during the Hall of Fame Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Briarbrook Golf Course. The 2014 Hall of Fame Golf Tournament (two-person scramble) is set for April 26-27 at Briarbrook and Twin Hills, in Joplin. Those interested in joining the tournament/banquet may sign up through the Carthage Municipal Golf Course at 237-7030.
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