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Meet Senior Golf Pro Tommy Bolt And More
Tommy Bolt also known as "Thunder" or "Terrible Tommy" got his nicknames because on the green he had quite a temper. Tommy had fifteen tour wins and one major win in a championship game back in 1958. Tommy was born in 1918 and made it into the World Golf Hall of fame and was a member of the Ryder Cup team twice. His senior golf years were spent winning the PGA Seniors Golf Championship in 1969 after which he became a key player in the creation of the Champion Tour formerly the Senior PGA. He had a temper and through his clubs, but he knew the game. At the age of eighty, Bolt was still playing senior golf.
Gene Littler was born in 1930 and became pro golfer. Gene had twenty-nine tour wins with the PGA and eight wins with the Senior PGA. In 1961, he gained one win in the U. Open.
He also took a win in the Amateur in 1953. He was a member of the World Golf Hall of fame, Walker Cup Team as well as eight Ryder Cup teams. He was voted Comeback Player of the Year in 1973. After taking a break from senior golf in 1972, Gene came back and won in Saint Louis. He did have a great career in the golfing circle. Cary Middlecoff was born in 1921 and died in 1998. Cary had forty tour wins and three major wins. He was a member of the World Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and in 1956 he won the Vardon Trophy. Cary was a great senior golf pro and was dentist before joining the PGA. He wrote a book called the "Golf Swing" as well as did some broadcasting before he died.
He was known as slow paced senior golf pro. Harry Cooper was born in 1904 and died in 2000. He Cooper took thirty-one tour wins, but had no championship wins in the majors. In 1937, he won the Vardon trophy and was a leader in money win with the PGA. He was a member of the World Hall of Fame. Cooper went on to teach golfing lessons in New York for twenty-six years. He then moved to the Westchester Country Club were he continued teaching until he was ninety-three years old. This shows you that you can be a senior golfer for as long as you want. Ben Hogan was another great senior golf pro who was born in 1912 and died in 1997. Hogan had sixty-four tour wins and nine major championship wins.
Hogan was also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and won the Vardon Trophy in 1940, 1948 and 1941. Ben Hogan played his first tour event in 1932 and won the money purse of $8. In 1927, Hogan turned pro at the age of seventeen. Hogan also had golf clubs that bore his name and were considered some of the best clubs one could buy for many years. .