Watts, Howard inducted into All Sports Hall of Fame

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

The elder Watts founded Edwin Watts Golf in 1968, and grew the company into the largest golf retailer in the world while at the same time earning a reputation for being one of the most influential voices in the golf industry with regards to golf club design and marketing. He’s also a PGA Golf Professional who renowned as one of the finest golf instructors in the area, one who has hosted free junior clinics in summertime for over 30 years.

Edwin Watts, the last man to take the podium on Wednesday, deflected praise onto those around him.

“If you have a great, supportive family, you can do anything,” said Watts. “I have the greatest family on Earth.”

Wattswas joined Wednesday by his mother, Hazel; his wife, Mary; his children and several other family members. During his speech, he recounted the journey of Edwin Watts Golf, a journey that started with a small retail store and eventually expanded into a 95-outlet giant of a company.

“It was never something we set out to do,” said Watts, “but God had big, big plans for this company.”

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