Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

Art Tangen


Art Tangen was born on Wednesday, January 31, 1912 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He contracted polio at the age of one and wore leg braces for a number of years.  At the age of twelve, he began caddying at the now defunct Riverside Golf Course in Eau Claire, and as a high school junior he became caddy master at the Hillcrest Golf Course, also now not in existence. 


Upon high school graduation he worked at the newly opened Neillsville Golf Course briefly but by this time, Art knew he wanted to become involved in golf as a profession.  One of his trips took him to Florida looking for work in the industry where he met his future wife, the former Merida James.  They married in 1941 and had two daughters, Tonya and Peggy.


In 1941 Art and Culley Johnson leased Hallie golf Course from Bertha Moe; a year later they bought it.  Art became the sole owner in 1957.  Also in 1941, Art organized the very first “Hallie Open”, won by Don Johnson. 


In 1958, Art, along with Bill Rolland and 6 other area club pros met and launched the Chippewa Valley Golf Association.  In 1975, Art developed the still used point system to determine Player of the Year and qualifications for the Tournament of Champions.


In 1963, Art became a PGA Class A professional.  He was a well respected member of the Wisconsin PGA and was recognized as “Pro of the Year” in 1976 by the WSGA.   In 1987, he became a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA.


Arthur G. Tangen passed on Saturday, September 6, 1997.  He was 84.

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