1884 Bill Diddel was born in Indianapolis, Indiana
1900 Bill saw his first game of golf from atop Crown Hill Cemetery. He saw a group playing on the former Country Club of Indianapolis (CCI) which is now Woodstock Club. Later that year he caddied for Alex (Sandy) Herd who was to win the British Open in 1902.
1902 Bill scores a hole-in-one on Christmas Day.
1903 Bill won his first tournament, the Indianapolis City Amateur, a title that he won five times which is a record which still stands.
1905 Bill wins the Indiana Amateur Championship.
1906 Bill wins the Indiana Amateur Championship. In basketball, Bill scores 14 points at Bloomington as Wabash University defeats Indiana University 29 to 21 on February 5th, and in the return game at Crawfordsville, Wabash won 29 to 9.
1907 Bill wins the Indiana Amateur Championship and Wabash beats Indiana University twice, 37 to 24 and 43 to 20 as Bill contributes a dozen points. Wabash was undefeated during Bill’s playing years except for a one point loss to Purdue. He was an All-State his junior year and All-Western his final year. He was the first four sport (basketball, football, baseball and track) letterman at Wabash.
1908 Bill was the captain of the Wabash baseball team.
1910 Bill wins the Indiana Amateur Championship.
1912 Bill wins the Indiana Amateur Championship.
1921 Bill begins his career in Golf Course Architecture as he finishes a new course for Highland Country Club in Indianapolis, Indiana, which was routed by Willie Park Jr.
1922-1923 Bill "hangs out his shingle" as a full-time Golf Course Architect, and designs Ulen Country Club in Lebanon, Indiana.
1927 Bill wins the CCI Championship.
1928 Bill wins the CCI Championship and purchases 168 acres of gently rolling farmland east of US 431 south of 116th Street in Hamilton County, Indiana for a future golf course.
1930 Bill wins the CCI Championship and is runner-up in the Indiana Amateur Championship.
1935 Bill scores a hole-in-one in Memorial Day.
1947 Bill attends the first meeting of the newly formed American Society of Golf Course Architects in Pinehurst, North Carolina with (left to right in picture above) William P. Bell, Robert White, W. B. Langford, Donald Ross, Robert Bruce Harris, Stanley Thompson, William F. Gordon, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., (Bill) and J. B. McGovern. Original founders of the ASGCA unable to attend the first meeting were Perry Maxwell, Jack Daray and Robert "Red" Lawrence.
1948 Bill designs Northwood CC in Dallas, the future site of Julius Boros’ first US Open victory.
1951 Bill designs a course on his acreage near Carmel with contoured greens, narrow approaches and no bunkers to make it one of the toughest in the Indianapolis area.
1953 Bill opens Woodland for public play. His home, a log cabin is located near the twelfth tee.
1954 Bill is President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects
1955 Bill wins Woodland Club Championship and shoots his age for the first time with a 70 at Daytona Beach.
1964 Bill shoots five strokes below his age with a 75 at Woodland CC, wins USGA Seniors age group title with 84 - 77 at Apawamis and shoots 69 at Pinehurst No. 5.
1965 Bill is again President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects
1966 Bill beats his age 77 times at the age of 81.
1969 Bill wins low net qualifying medal with rounds of 81 - 79 in American Seniors.
1970 Bill is honored by the American Seniors Hall of Fame along with Chick Evans, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert T. Jones and Francis Ouimet. Bill shoots 74 at the age of 86 at the Country Club of Naples, Florida which was noted in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
1971 Bill shoots his age for the 1,261st time.
1978 At 93 years of age Bill scores his 7th hole-in-one at Royal Ponciana CC in Naples, Florida on New Years Day, tying the all-time record of oldest man to score a hole-in-one.
1979 Bill makes Golf Digest all-time hole-in-one record book.
1985 William Hickman Diddel passes away on February 25, at Christian Retirement Park, Zionsville, Indiana, just a few months short of his 101st birthday.