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Men's Golf Members of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame + Grant Spaeth
Malcolm McNaughton '31 Charles Seaver '34 Lawson Little '34 Don Edwards '36
Art Doering '40 Warren Berl '42 Bud Brownell '42 Sandy Tatum '42
Bob Cardinal '47 Eddie Twiggs '32-47 Bob Rosburg '49 Dick McElyea '52
Steve Smith '61 Tom Watson '71 Bud Finger '48-76 Christian Cevaer '92
Notay Begay '95 Casey Martin '95 Tiger Woods '96 Joel Kribel '99
Wally Goodwin '00 Grant Spaeth '54'

Malcolm McNaughton - 1931

Oral History Interview of Malcolm MacNaughton in Hawaii - Oct 1984 at age 75

Malcolm McNaughton. Letter winner 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933. Member of the Stanford Hall of Fame. He was a teammate of two other Stanford Hall of Famers, Charlie Seaver and Lawson Little. There is no doubt that if national championships were held, Stanford would have won more than once during McNaughton's time at Stanford. The Stanford golf course opened for play when McNaughton came to Stanford in 1930, and it was considered one of the very best in the country and the best in the west at the time, attracting top golfers to come to Stanford. He enjoyed a distinguished business career becoming President of Castle & Cooke, owner of Dole Foods, in 1959.

MacNaughtonMacNaughton, who was one of the first prominent amateur golfers to play for Stanford, later rose to prominence as a successful businessman in Hawaii and became president of Castle & Cooke in 1959.

MacNaughton was from Portland, Oregon. He was a fine athlete, and only about three years after he took up golf, MacNaughton was a finalist in the 1929 Pacific Northwest Golf Association amateur championship. Although he lost in the finals, the long-hitting 19 year old was described in press reports as having "Ruthian power" and hitting "screamers from the tee."

Shortly after the new Stanford Golf Course opened in 1930, MacNaughton set the original Stanford Golf Course record of 69, which he shared with Lawson Little and Coach Eddie Twiggs, until a new record was set in 1933. In 1931, MacNaughton won the California Intercollegiate title and also won the 1931 Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Golf Association crown at matches held in Eugene, Oregon. Later that summer, MacNaughton was a finalist in the Western Amateur held at the Portland Golf Club, losing to noted amateur Don Moe, 1929 Western Amateur champion and 1930 Walker Cup team member.

After leaving Stanford, MacNaughton continued to play a prominent role in amateur golf. He participated in numerous amateur events and won the 1939 NCGA Amateur title at the Claremont Country Club, where he was dominant in the final, winning 11 and 9. He also served as president of the Northern California Golf Association in 1942 and president of the California Golf Association in 1943.

MacNaughton received his MBA from Stanford in 1933. Eventually, he was recruited to Castle & Cooke by its president, Alex G. Budge, a Stanford trained engineer. Castle & Cooke, Inc. was the largest of the "Big Five" Hawaiian companies that dominated the Islands' economy until the 1960s. MacNaughton became President of Castle & Cooke in 1959 and is generally credited with recasting the company from primarily a sugar producer into an aggressive organization with world wide operations. Today, it has major businesses in real estate and hotel development and management and food processing, primarily under the Dole Foods brand. MacNaughton was awarded the Ernest Arbuckle Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of management leadership, by the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1971, and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
Researched and written by Rich Peers, Stanford Golf Club member.