Des Moines | DOB: July 12, 1884; Died: 1957 (Age 73)
Inducted 1989 | Category: Volunteer/Benefactor
Herman Sani - A Legacy of Service and Education
Herman Sani was a Hyperion Field Club member for over 50 years. During his tenure, he served for 15 years on the Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Greens Committee for 20 years and served as Club President in 1934.
In 1936 during the Great Depression, Mr. Sani purchased the Hyperion Field Club for back taxes on the courthouse steps and gave it back to the membership. No record exists that he was ever reimbursed for his generosity.
Sani became secretary-treasurer of the Iowa Golf Association in 1926 and remained in that position as an uncompensated volunteer for 30 years. Under his leadership the IGA tournament schedule expanded greatly.
Legendary sports writer Bert McGrane of the Des Moines Register helped the Hyperion membership establish the Herman Sani Invitational Golf Tournament in 1950 and it has been one of the major championships on the annual Iowa Golf Association schedule ever since. The Sani Tournament is one of only a handful of events in Iowa open to both professional and amateur competitors.
After his death in 1957 Hyperion created the Herman Sani Scholarship Program to fund four-year college scholarships for outstanding Iowa high school graduates. Since 1958 over 170 students have been awarded Sani scholarships to help further their education.