William Lester "Bill" Korns

Western Historian Roderic Korns' son William Lester "Bill" Korns won the Utah State Amateur Golf Championship six times, a record that still stands. (1941, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950, and 1951). He missed the 1943-45 Championships due to his World War II service. He became a professional golfer in 1952, and was elected as a PGA member in 1959. He served as a teaching professional until 1955, took a position in Rexburg, Idaho for a year. He moved to Caldwell, Idaho through 1959, then lived in Billings, Montana through 1965. At that time, he was hired as the Professional at a new course in Provo, Utah and served in that capacity until 1979. He then took over as executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA which included Utah, the eastern half of Nevada, Southern Idaho, Western Wyoming, and the eastern half of Montana. He was inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 1991. For an interesting newspaper article on William Korns from the July 10, 2006 "Deseret Morning News", click here.

Bill Korns was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah in 1946. Two children: Dr. W. Robert Korns and Mrs. Stephen (Susan) Hughes.

Bill Korns Golf Ball

This photo of a well-worn Bill Korns golf ball is reproduced above courtesy of its previous owner. On July 26, 2008, Bill Korns wrote the following to me about the type of ball shown in the photo "They were made for the most part about 1955 or so ... A salesman from California sold me on them, and I sold them thru my Pro Shop in Caldwell, Idaho and in Billings, Montana."

Highlights of Bill's career:

  • Six time winner of the Utah State Amateur Golf Championship
  • 1948 President of the Utah Golf Association
  • Four time winner of the Intermountain Amateur
  • Five time winner of the Salt Lake City Amateur
  • Low amateur in the Utah Open on several occasions
  • Turned professional in 1952
  • Elected as a PGA member in 1959
  • Head professional at Rexburg, Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, Billings, Montana &
  • Riverside Country Club, Provo.
  • Past President of the Utah and Idaho PGA Chapters of the PGA
  • Helped to organize Montana and Wyoming PGA Chapters
  • Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA
  • 1969 & 1987 Golf Professional of the Year, Rocky Mountain Section (although long-retired in 1987)
  • Inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 1991
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award for club relations, Utah PGA Section.

    To view a copy of William Korns' obituary, click here.

    Return to the Korns family genealogy home page