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Herbert Kohler, Ron Wolf, Marques Johnson to be inducted into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

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Herbert Kohler, Jr. along with Milwaukee Bucks legend Marques Johnson and Green Bay Packers General Manager and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Wolf will be inducted into the 69th Anniversary Class of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame on January 24, 2019 in downtown Milwaukee.

They will join 140 of the state’s greatest athletic icons in the Hall of Fame, including Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Donald Driver, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Charles Woodson, Herb Kohl, Bo Ryan, Bart Starr, Bob Harlan, Robin Yount, Bonnie Blair and Bob Uecker.

From a release at: Executive Director Brian Lammi said: “Herbert Kohler transformed Wisconsin into a worldwide golfing destination and brought six golf Majors to Wisconsin.  Marques Johnson led the Milwaukee Bucks back to prominence, including five Central Division titles. Ron Wolf restored the glory to Titletown, trading for Brett Favre, signing Reggie White, and ultimately leading the Packers back to a World Championship for the first time in 29 years.  Together, they represent an incredible class of Wisconsin athletic excellence.”

Herbert Kohler, Jr. said:“It is quite an honor to be considered and inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame particularly alongside Marques Johnson and Ron Wolf, both of whom I have cheered for quite aggressively.  Rather loudly for Marques, silently but emphatically for Ron. 

“One of our Guiding Principles at Kohler Co. is to design and create on the leading edge.  When it comes to golf that hasn’t been easy considering the more than 15,000 golf courses in this country.  With Pete Dye however, we were able to create some of the best, and over the years have brought six golf Majors to the Village of Kohler —– two Women’s Open, a U.S. Senior Open, three PGA Championships and coming up in just two years, the Ryder Cup.

“What made this possible was the strong support from Wisconsin’s very enthusiastic fans.  Today, our courses and the others that have followed in our footsteps have placed Wisconsin at the very top of the game of golf.”

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