July 12, 1908
Golfer Paul Runyan was born in Hot Springs (Garland County). Runyan won the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship twice, in 1934 and 1938. At the diminutive size of 5’7″ and 125 pounds, Runyan earned the nickname “Little Poison” both because of his stature and because of his style of play—producing only short drives but relying on tremendous accuracy. When the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame was established in 1994, Runyan was the first unanimously chosen member. His many honors include induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, as well as receipt of the PGA’s Distinguished Service Award.