The team responsible for www.trenhamgolfhistory.org, from left:
Jack Darcy, Bill Orr and Pete Trenham
states along the East Coast down to Florida.
To flesh out the history, Trenham took numerous trips to pore through
Philadelphia Inquirer, Evening Bulletin and Public Ledger microfilm files at Temple
University. “I started digging stuff up, and I really didn’t know what to do with
it,” he said. “I saw a book that was written like a chronicle, and I thought I could
do that even though I wasn’t trained as a writer. Computers have made it so much
easier, and I guess like anything, the more you do it, you get a little better at it.
“Wilbur Germain was a great help. He had thousands of golf books. I would
call Wilbur, and a couple of days later in the mail would come what I was looking
for.” Germain, the Llanerch Country Club historian and a noted golf collector,
died in 2000.
Trenham was born in the state of New York and grew up in Florida. A 1959 graduate of the University of Florida, he served as captain of the golf team in his senior year. He turned professional in 1960 and worked as an
assistant pro at Philadelphia Country Club before beginning his long tenure as the
head pro at St. Davids.
He won the Philadelphia PGA Senior Championship twice, qualified for the
PGA Club Professional Championship six times and played in the PGA Senior
Club Professional Championship three times. He played in the 1994 PGA Senior
Championship and the 1997 U.S. Senior Open.
A past president of the PGA Section, he served on every section committee,
including many years on the tournament and Executive Committees. He was one of
the original group of pros inducted into the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame in 1992.
Fred Behringer has served as the editor and as a writer for golf publications in the
Philadelphia region for more than 50 years.