Frank Dufina

Frank Dufina (June 30, 1884 – August 11, 1972) was an American professional golfer in the early years of the sport in the United States.

 

Dufina began his career in 1898 at the just-opened

Wawashkamo Golf Club on Mackinac Island, Michigan,

where he became the club professional. A member of

the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians,

he was the first Native American to play golf on the

professional circuit. Dufina played in the Western Open

in 1911.

He continued to play and in 1968 was named as the “Longest Working Golf Professional in History” by Golf Digest. He counted many early golf professionals among his friends, including golf legend Walter Hagen. Named for him, the Frank Dufina Match Play Championship is held annually at Wawashkamo Golf Club.

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