The Bogey Golfers Association (BGA) Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, and careers, have made significant and enduring contributions to the BGA in its effort to provide a PGA Tour-like platform for competitive players who love to compete while playing the great game of golf.
Year inducted: 2019
Frank is a member of the original foursome of the BGA Tour and is the inaugural member of the BGA Hall of Fame. Affectionately known as the Godfather of the BGA, Frank began a humble life in the Caribbean, tying a conch shell to a sugar cane stalk, fashioning a golf club to hit rounded pebbles on the beaches of Puerto Rico…and so the legend continues.
Frank has remarkably participated in BGA events in every year of its 26 (1994-2020) years of existence. Frank is beloved by all of the BGA’s playing competitors. He’s known for his sportsmanship, generosity, kindness and sense of humor.
Frank exemplifies the term gentleman. He is a dear friend to everyone. He is truly an ambassador and a role model for anyone in any walk of life, and especially those that love and play the game of golf.
Frank is arguably one of the greatest players in BGA history. His record of accomplishments is remarkable and distinguished. He’s won 11 BGA events including 10 BGA Major Championships and the 2019 Founders Championship. His victories include the 1995 Mulligan Memorial, 1997 Kohler, 1999, 2003 & 2004 American Opens, 2005 Players/British Open, 2006 Kohler, 2013 & 2018 Water Can Classic and the 2019 Spam. He is only the third player in BGA history with a Grand Slam, holding all four of the BGA’s most coveted titles. At the Founders Championship inaugural event in 2019, Frank shot a final round 75 at 70 years old on the tough Legends Heathland course in Myrtle Beach, which many consider to be the greatest single round in BGA history. Frank has also been a BGA Wellman Cup Captain 4 times including the first Wellman Cup in 1999. Frank led his teams to victories 2000 and 2001. Frank’s BGA victories span 24 years, an amazing tribute to consistency.
Year inducted: 2020
Tom is a member of the original foursome of the BGA Tour and is the second member of the BGA Hall of Fame. Affectionately known as “Sweet Swing” to his ardent followers — and “ABC” (Anyone But Clement) to his die-hard detractors — Clement has crafted a storybook career and is arguably “The GOAT” of the BGA. Both often pleasurable and sometimes polarizing, one could argue that Tom is the “Frank Sinatra” of the BGA — entertainer, crooner, wine connoisseur, shot maker, trash talker, game-day gambler, always single focused, and never a sufferer of fools — it can be said without a doubt that Clement has done it “his way” for over 26 years on the BGA:
- Won 15 BGA Events
- 14 BGA Majors
- Placed second in 12 BGA Majors
- Over an 11-year period, placed first or second in 26 BGA Majors
- Grand Slam winner (twice) and only player to win the Grand Slam in a single calendar year.
- Winner of 6 majors in a row from 1997 to 1999
- Won the 2005 American Open by a BGA Major Championship record 12 shots
- Won the 2020 Founders by a record 26 shots
- Responsible for naming the BGA Tour’s team event “The Wellman Cup” after the legendary Scottish Golfer Major Charles Wellman, who is credited with creating the term “bogey”
- 3-time Wellman Cup Captain