Frank Dufina

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Frank Dufina
— Golfer —
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Dufina circa 1935
Personal information
Full name Frank Dufina
Born (1884-06-30)June 30, 1884
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Died August 11, 1972(1972-08-11) (aged 88)
Petoskey, Michigan
Nationality Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians
Residence Petoskey, Michigan
Spouse Helen Beauchamp
Children Ursula Allen
Rosalie Burger
Adelaide Palmateer

Frank Dufina (June 30, 1884 – August 11, 1972)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.


  1. ^ Schlehuber, R: "Looking Back", Town Crier, 2007.
  2. ^ Doud, J: "Mackinac Island ", The St. Ignace News, 2005.
  3. ^ Golf Digest, 1968.

Further reading[edit]

  • Frank Straus, Brian Dunnigan: Walk a Crooked Trail. a Centennial History of Wawashkamo Golf Club (2000)