Newton | Inducted 2008 | Category: Golf Professional

Westwood golf course in Newton has been a big part of Larry Stewart’s life.

He started working there in 1952, when he was 12 years old. He later became the head pro before retiring from that job in 2008. He also worked at Westwood’s Superintendent from 1957 to 1982.

Stewart was named the Iowa PGA Section Professional of the Year in 1969. He was also Iowa PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year in 1996.

Stewart also helped develop a long line of quality players coming out of Newton. He ran a successful junior program for nearly 50 years, contributing to the success of Newton High School’s boys’ and girls’ golf programs.

While at Westwood, Stewart oversaw several renovations to the course, including a second nine holes in the late1960s and a complete renovation of the original front nine in 1997.

The Stewart Cup is played each year at Westwood in honor of Stewart.

Career Highlights

  • 1957-2008 Golf Professional at Westwood Golf Course
  • 1957-1982 Superintendent at Westwood
  • 1969 IGA Golf Professional of the Year
  • 1996 Iowa Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year
  • Headed the junior program at Westwood for 47 years, as well as the boy’s and girl’s golf teams at Newton High School
  • Oversaw two major renovations at Westwood, adding a second nine in the 1960’s and a complete renovation in 1997.
  • Started working at Westwood when he was only 12 years old
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