Hagen, Walter Charles
- Davis W. Houck
Hagen, Walter Charles (21 December 1892–05 October 1969), professional golfer, was born in Rochester, New York, the son of William Hagen, a blacksmith, and Louise Balko. Hagen grew up less than a mile from the Country Club of Rochester, in the Corbett’s Glen neighborhood of suburban Brighton. The proximity to a golf course was instrumental to Hagen’s early development. He began playing golf at age five; by the age of seven he was caddying for 10 cents an hour. Hagan quit attending school regularly at the age of 12, as he jumped out of a schoolroom window, headed for the golf course....