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The West Virginia Golf Foundation recently announced Hermon Densmore "Denny" Shute will be added into the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.  

Shute will join Bill Campbell, Sam Snead, Ed Tutwiler and Harold Payne into golf's most prestigious club in West Virginia. Shute is the lone member of the hall of fame's fourth class of honorees.

Born in Cleveland, Shute's father handed him his first set of golf clubs when he was 2 years old. Shute's father, Herman, was the club pro at both Spring Valley Country Club and Westmoreland Country Club, which were both near Huntington. The younger Shute later found his niche in professional golf to become one of the greatest players to ever come out of West Virginia. 

As a teenager, Shute won his first West Virginia Amateur Championship in 1923 and went on to win a second time in 1925.

Denny Shute found even greater success in the world of professional golf. In a 10-year span, beginning in 1929, he won three major championships: the 1933 British Open Championship and back-to-back PGA Championships in 1936 and 1937. Shute also claimed 12 additional PGA titles and competed on three Ryder Cup teams. In 1935, he finished fifth in The Masters and was runner-up at the U.S. Open in 1941.

Although he received many accolades for his talent, Shute never found the itch to play tournament golf with the same frequency as other professional golfers of his time.

"If he ever had the fever to play tournament golf, he'd of been the equal of me," fellow Hall of Famer Sam Snead once said.

Shute would have been best described as a demure, calm and unassuming person, but his golf game was anything but. He was the last person to win consecutive PGA Championships before Tiger Woods did in 1999 and 2000. In 2008, Shute was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

For information on the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, including biographies on each of its members, visit www.wvga.org.